Preschool Education Programs

We recognize that success starts early.

Preschool Ages: 2 1/2 years old – 5 years old (ages vary by location) | A Y Membership is NOT required

We believe your child should be prepared to start kindergarten ready to succeed. Our Preschool programs provide an educational environment that is a friendly, positive and caring place to help each student discover his or her own unique gifts. Our engaging curriculum helps children reach developmental milestones and prepares them for academic learning. We believe that all kids deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. 

Our Preschool programs are offered at many locations throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area, please click on the links below for location information: 

Preschoolers laughing during story time
OUR BENEFITS
  • Licensed
  • Full/Part-Time Child Care
  • Low child-teacher ratios
  • Healthy Meals and Snacks
  • Creative Curriculum
  • Gym Activities
  • Outdoor Experiences
  • Onsite swim lessons for preschoolers (Varies by location)
  • Family Engagement Activities
  • All children enrolled full-time receive a free Y youth membership
  • Financial Assistance available to those who qualify

FREE PRESCHOOL: GREAT START READINESS PROGRAM (GSRP)

We are proud to partner with Kent Intermediate School District and the State of Michigan to provide families in need free preschool opportunities through our Great Start Readiness Program locations that offer the same high quality program and benefits as our traditional preschool programs. All children enrolled in our Great Start Readiness Program receive a FREE Y Family Membership. To be eligible children must turn 4 on or before September 1. To see if you qualify, visit https://preschool.kentisd.org/ or call 616.855.9537 and request the Y to enroll today. For more information, view our flyer here.

Preschool Locations

Caledonia YMCA Child Development Center

Summer Day Camp
Ages: 5 - 12 years old

9751 Duncan Lake Avenue
Caledonia, MI 49316
United States

Monday – Friday, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm
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David D. Hunting YMCA Child Development Center

Preschool Care
Ages: 2 1/2 – 5 years old

475 Lake Michigan Drive
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
United States

Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
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David D. Hunting YMCA Great Start Readiness Program

Preschool Only Program (Free)
Ages: 4 – 5 years old

475 Lake Michigan Drive
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
United States

Monday – Thursday 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Must qualify, call to inquire.
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Generations Child Development Center

Preschool Care
Ages: 2 1/2 - 5 years old

3600 Fulton St.
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
United States

Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
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Lakeshore Elementary

Preschool and Pre-K
Ages: 3 years – 5 years

3765 N. 168th Ave.
Holland, MI 49424
United States

Monday – Friday, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
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River City Scholars Great Start Readiness Program

Preschool Only Program (Free)
Ages: 4 – 5 years old

944 Evergreen St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
United States

Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Must qualify, call to inquire.
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Visser Family YMCA Great Start Readiness Program

Preschool Only Program (Free)
Ages: 4 years – 5 years

3540 Fairlanes SW
Grandville, MI 49418
United States

Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
*Must qualify, call to inquire.

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Yankee Clipper Library Great Start Readiness Program

Preschool Only Program (Free)
Ages: 4 – 5 years old

2025 Leonard Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
United States

Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
*Must qualify, call to inquire.
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YMCA Child Development Center at Covenant House Academy Grand Rapids

Preschool Care
Ages: 2 1/2 - 4 years old

50 Antoine SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
United States

Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
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PARENT INFORMATION

We believe learning takes place as children touch, manipulate, and experiment with things and interact with people daily. Children’s play is an essential component of our curriculum, through their play and experiences, themes are developed that guide our daily activities and interactions.

At the Y, we utilize Creative Curriculum which has six core content areas: literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, arts, and technology. The Y has identified two additional content areas: Healthy Habits and Social, Moral, and Spiritual Development.

Our programs use the Creative Curriculum individual assessments and also child portfolios to assess your children’s developmental progress annually. The teaching staff and families discuss the results of the assessments and plan for continued growth throughout the year.

BY USING CREATIVE CURRICULUM AS OUR FRAMEWORK, WE FOCUS ON:

  • How children develop and learn
  • The learning environment in which children learn
  • What children learn
  • The role of the teacher
  • The role of the family
     

PARENT RESOURCES & FORMS

TYPICAL DAY

Please note, this is a sample of our typical schedule. Each classroom will have a personalized daily schedule to ensure children’s developmental needs are being met.

Start Time End Time Activity
Arrive at 8:00 am Arrival, child choice, morning snack
8:00 am 9:00 am Breakfast, table toys
9:00 am 10:00 am Small group, large group time
10:00 am 11:30 am Child choice, outside, gross motor
11:30 am 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm 2:30 pm Rest time, quiet activities
2:30 pm 3:30 pm Snack, table toys
3:30 pm 4:30 pm Small group, large group time
4:30 pm 5:30 pm Child choice, outside, gross motor
5:30 pm Closing Departure