Preschool Guide - Northwest kalamazoo

Featured Preschools

AppleTree Learning Center
909 Dix St., Otsego,
(269) 692-3675
learn more: appletreekids.cc
contact: director_otsego@appletreekids.cc
Our K-Prep Program features engaging and fun hands-on learning so your child can grow, play and learn at their own pace. On-site music, fitness, Spanish and technology classes are included. Prepare for Kindergarten.


Others Preschools

Christian Life Center Head Start
1225 W. Paterson, Kalamazoo
(269) 250-9845

Indian Prairie Elementary PEEP, Kalamazoo Public Schools
3546 Grand Prairie Road, Kalamazoo
(269) 337-0095

JDI Preschool
1515 N. Edwards St., Kalamazoo
(269) 276-0671

Lincoln International Studies School PEEP, Kalamazoo Public Schools
912 N. Burdick St., Kalamazoo
(269) 337-0095, Head Start: (269) 250-9845

New Genesis Learning Center
225 W. Paterson St., Kalamazoo
(269) 344-7135

Northglade Montessori Magnet School Children’s House
1914 Cobb Ave., Kalamazoo
(269) 337-0700

Parchment Northwood GSRP Program & Head Start
600 Edison St., Parchment
(269) 488-1360, Head Start: (269) 250-9845

Starting Point Preschool
2345 10th St. N., Kalamazoo
(269) 375-4815

Westwood Christian Co-op Preschool
620 Northhampton Road, Kalamazoo
(269) 381-8691

Woodward School for Technology & Research PEEP, Kalamazoo Public Schools
606 Stuart St., Kalamazoo
(269) 337-0095

Information updated November 2016

This guide is researched and compiled by FYI Family Magazine staff. Enhanced listing information provided by those entities. Every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein, FYI Family Magazine assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. Information contained here is subject to change without notice.

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Preschool Primer

As you begin your preschool search, here are some terms to know:

Head Start is a federally funded pre-kindergarten program for 3- and 4-year-olds that offers free tuition for families at or below the federally determined poverty level or who are receiving public assistance. Classrooms are located in public schools and at community sites, and bus transportation is often available.

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded pre-kindergarten program for 4-year-olds that offers free tuition for low-income families with annual incomes up to 250% of the federal poverty level (approximately $60,000 for a family of four). Classrooms are located in public schools and private childcare centers.

Kalamazoo County Ready 4s is a privately funded program that offers tuition assistance to qualifying families so they can afford to enroll their 4-year-olds in high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. Tuition assistance is on a sliding scale based on family income. Participating preschools are located in childcare facilities, public and private schools and licensed home daycare programs.

Private preschools run the gamut from preschool and childcare centers to in-home daycare providers who implement a preschool curriculum for their 3- to 5-year-old charges. Some preschools provide preschool only and others combine preschool with childcare. Private preschools charge tuition, although some may be participants in the Great Start Readiness Program or Kalamazoo County Ready 4s and offer tuition assistance to qualified families.

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