Preschool Guide - Southeast Kalamazoo

Featured Preschools

Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool — Portage
1518 E. Centre Ave., Portage
(269) 359-1115
learn more: www.gildenwoods.com
contact: portagedirector@gildenwoods.com
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.

Hearts & Hands Christian Preschool
Vicksburg United Methodist Church, 217 S. Main St., Vicksburg
(269) 649-2343 ext. 106
learn more: vicksburgumc.org/heart-hands-preschool
contact: heartandhands@vicksburgumc.org
We offer three half-day programs. Morning classes have a parent co-op option and the afternoon class participates with KC Ready 4s and GSRP funding. Call or email for information or to set up a visit! See our ad on page 23.

Vicksburg Bulldog Beginnings Preschool
301 S. Kalamazoo Ave., Vicksburg
(269) 321-1022
learn more: vicksburgcommunityschools.org
Vicksburg Community Schools has a rich history providing our youngest bulldogs with a strong foundation for school readiness. Four-year-old preschool classrooms are conveniently located at all three elementary schools. Call 321-1022 for information.


Other Preschools

Adventures Learning Centers
4295 Bishop Road, Portage
(269) 323-3600

Adventurous Kids Childcare
9773 S. Sprinkle Road, Portage
(269) 324-1138

A Touch of Home, Too
400 Gladys St., Portage
(269) 324-1969

Climax-Scotts Elementary, Climax-Scotts Community Schools
11250 East QR Ave., Scotts
(269) 746-2404

Green Meadow Elementary, Comstock Public Schools
6171 East MN Ave., Kalamazoo
(2690 250-8960

Kalamazoo Country Day School
4221 E. Milham Ave., Portage
(269) 329-0116

Kids Crossing Learning Center
7520 E. U Ave., Vicksburg
(269) 649-2392

Lakeland Creative Beginnings
10422 Sprinkle Road, Vicksburg
(269) 649-1703

Little Tykes Learning Center
1422 E. Centre Ave., Portage
(269) 324-1286

Loy Norrix Child Care Center
606 E. Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo
(269) 337-0264

Otis Montessori Academy
810 E. Centre Ave., Portage
(269) 327-8277

Pathfinder Children’s House
8740 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage
(269) 323-7855

Portage Head Start
325 E. Centre Ave., Portage
(269) 250-9845

Vicksburg Tobey Head Start
8551 E. Long Lake Dr., Scotts
(269) 250-9845

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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