Preschool Guide - Southwest Kalamazoo

Featured Preschools

Curious Kids Early Learning Center, Portage Public Schools
1010 W. Milham Road, Portage
(269) 323-6780
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At Curious Kids, families find a positive learning environment for children from 6 week–school age. We are proud of our 4-star rating from Great Start to Quality. Open 6:30 am—6:30 pm Monday-Friday.

St. Michael Lutheran Preschool/ Christ for Kids Childcare
7211 Oakland Dr., Portage
(269) 327-0512
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Christ is the heart of our program! We serve ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. We offer traditional preschool classes led by certified teachers as well as full-day childcare for all ages.


Bullfrogs & Butterflies Christian Learning Center
5902 S. 12th St., Kalamazoo
(269) 488-2120

Child Development Center — Oakland
6325 Oakland Dr., Portage
(269) 324-3700

CHUM Co-op Preschool
7028 Oakland Dr., Portage
(269) 251-2131

Farmland Friends Daycare
9867 2nd St., Mattawan
(269) 668-5571

Great Explorations Preschool
3355 Westcove Dr., Portage
(269) 762-7115

JumpStart Childcare of Kalamazoo
6712 Financial Parkway, Kalamazoo
(269) 544-3000

Little Lambs Learning Center
110 E. Clay, Schoolcraft
(269) 679-2508

Little Miracles Christian Learning Center
6726 Texas Dr., Kalamazoo
(269) 353-2700

Little Steps Childcare and Preschool
7890 S. 8th St., Kalamazoo
(269) 544-1888

Nazarene Wee Care Center
5625 Oakland Dr., Portage
(269) 327-3100

PCCN Preschool
2731 W. Milham Ave., Portage
(269) 323-7855

Schoolcraft Community Co-op Preschool
169 N. Cedar St., Schoolcraft
(269) 679-4062

Shamrock Montessori Center — Preschool
7508 Oakland Dr., Portage
(269) 324-4818

St. Catherine Preschool
1150 W. Centre Ave., Portage
(269) 327-5165

St. James Lutheran Preschool
2381 Romence Road, Portage
(269) 327-7706

Steps and Stages
741 W. Kilgore, Portage
(269) 381-4155

Tutor Time Child Care Learning Center
6500 Constitution Blvd., Portage
(269) 324-4692

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.



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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