2020 Childcare & Preschool Guide

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With so many options, it can be hard to choose the best child care center or preschool for your child. Get to know these area programs and learn more about what they offer.

St. Paul Lutheran School

Downtown Campus:
420 West Liberty St. | 734-665-0604
School Campus:
495 Earhart Rd. | 734-668-0887

St. Paul School Ann Arbor offers both infant/toddler care and preschool programs which allows for options in scheduling between their two campuses: one downtown and one near Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Their infant/toddler program enrolls children from 6 weeks-2½ years and is family-style, which means the group is mixed-age and usually houses four infants and eight toddlers. The activities are play-based and age-related. Families enjoy a small, cozy, and family-oriented program. Their preschools have two scheduling options: full-day care and a three-hour preschool program. The programs provide experience in literacy, math, science, art, dramatic play, movement, music, field trips and more. Both facilities also have outdoor play areas and large gymnasiums for indoor play experience. Everyone is welcome at St. Paul regardless of church or religious affiliation.

The Discovery Center

775 S. Maple Rd. | 734-663-7496

The Discovery Center is an early childhood program for 2½-5-year-olds that has been serving families in the Ann Arbor area since 1974. With a highly-educated and experienced staff, a modern building designed specifically for their use, and a nurturing, flexible program, school staff believe the environment created there for young children is ideal. The school provides an environment that encourages each child to approach optimum physical, social, emotional, aesthetic, and intellectual growth. Their programs are based on an open classroom approach with emphasis on a hands-on, experiential environment. The classroom environment encourages each child to explore “discovery centers” set up by the staff and to participate in a full range of activities occurring throughout the day with enhancement by outside specialists who provide Spanish, music, and storytelling enrichment activities. They are excited about their newly expanded and upgraded playgrounds with innovative features, and the new woodland playground for outdoor exploration! Find pictures on their Facebook page.

Creating Brighter Futures

4201 Varsity Dr. | 734-926-0740

Creating Brighter Futures provides center-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and speech therapy services for children with autism or other developmental disorders, ages 2-18-years-old. Their goal is to provide the skills, teaching environments, and learning opportunities necessary to improve the quality of life for each client in a center-based setting.

Foundations Preschool

3770 Packard Rd. | 734-677-8130

Foundations Preschool prepares children for future academic and social success while providing their parents opportunities for professional, personal and parental growth. They offer programs for children ages 18-months through 6-years-old including “Days of Discovery,” a sensational summer camp that focuses on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). The school uses the researched-based High-Scope curriculum where children are guided to explore, interact, and exercise their creative imagination through purposeful play. GSRP (state funded preschool) is available. Sliding scale, and affordable tuition. Meals and snacks provided. DHHS accepted.

Stone School Cooperative Preschool

2811 Stone School Rd.
734-971-4820 | stoneschool.org

Stone School Cooperative Preschool promotes children’s natural curiosity of exploration, discovery and play while celebrating the uniqueness of each child. They offer a 2-day or 3-day half-day program (am or pm), a 3-day all-day program, aftercare and an assist buyout program. All classes are mixed-aged for 3-6-year-olds.

TLC Adventure Preschool

1400 W. Stadium Blvd. | 734-662-4419

The TLC Adventure Preschool (TLC) meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-1:30pm and offers both mixed-age group and same-age small group activities. TLC offers a theme oriented program in three classrooms for children. Teachers are certified and experienced, and licensed by the state of Michigan. Their curriculum-based learning focuses on cognitive learning skills, language and communication, social/emotional development, fine and gross motor skills. Daily classroom activities are designed to develop reasoning/decision making, strong value system, positive peer interaction, independent thinking and kindergarten readiness. TLC Adventure Preschool provides a nurturing and caring learning environment that focuses on the whole child.

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