Preschool Guide - West Kalamazoo

Heritage Christian Academy
6312 Quail Run Dr., Kalamazoo
(269) 372-1400

Kalamazoo Christian Schools
3800 S. 12th St., Kalamazoo
(269) 544-2332

Kiddie U Childcare & Preschool
24466 Red Arrow Highway, Mattawan
(269) 668-3300

The Looking Glass Child Care
5527 Parkview Ave., Kalamazoo
(269) 372-9766

TLC Licensed Childcare & Preschool
10570 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo
(269) 372-0156

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 of

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