Ann Arbor Child Care and Preschool

. November 7, 2012.

Finding just the right childcare or preschool for your little one is important. Choosing the place that fits your values as well as your child's needs and personality is no small feat. Ann Arbor Family has highlighted the best and brightest of Ann Arbor's childcare centers and preschools to simplify your decision.

Allen Creek Preschool
2350 Miller Ave.
Allen Creek is a model community where
teachers, family consultants and parents
work together to know each child as a
unique, complex individual. Allen Creek
teachers are experienced professionals,
with backgrounds in early childhood
education, child development, school
psychology, social work and arts education.
All of our teachers possess BA and
MA level training. Our provided family
consultants are volunteer mental health
specialists whose work with parents
is designed to help them discover the
proven tools for informed and “intentional”
parenting through workshops,
discussion groups and specialized help,
when needed. Allen Creek's approach to
the whole child is supported by the most
current research on early development
and education. In children we foster
creativity and social relationships while
promoting active learning, exploration,
problem-solving, discovery and intellectual
flexibility. The result is a joyful,
sturdy, resilient, confident, thoughtful
and compassionate child.

College Nannies and Tutors
3907 Jackson Rd
College Nannies and Tutors offer a safe,
consistent option for parents looking for
help. Nannies are available full-time,
part-time, after school and in the summer.
Our company’s vision is to provide
more than simple babysitting services,
with “Active Role Models” of bright,
motivated young people who interact
with children one-on-one. We offer a
wide range of tutoring, homework help
and college preparatory services. Quality
individualized attention can make all
the difference in getting your child ready
for a rewarding college career.
Finding just the right childcare or preschool
for your little one is important. Choosing
the place that fits your values as well
as your child's needs and personality
is no small feat. Ann Arbor Family has
highlighted the best and brightest of Ann
Arbor's childcare centers and preschools to
simplify your decision.

Daycroft Montessori School

Oakbrook Campus (Preschool, Young 5, and
100 Oakbrook Drive, Ann Arbor,
(734) 930-0333

Zeeb Campus (K-8)
1095 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, (734) 662-3335

Two teachers in every Daycroft classroom ensure individualized learning for your child. Daycroft’s preschool program is recognized as one of Ann Arbor’s best. We have been an educational leader in the community since 1968. With our teachers’ guidance, your preschooler makes choices, develops life-long skills and discovers the joy of learning. Supporting academic excellence, the Montessori developmental aims – order, independence, concentration, coordination, self-confidence and self-discipline – are introduced in our preschool and continue through eighth grade. Our preschool curriculum emphasizes practical life, sensory education, language arts, mathematics, science and creative play. Preschool begins at the age of 30 months. Flexible scheduling lets you mix full-day sessions and half-day sessions from week to week, and during any week, as needed. Before-school and after-school care are available. We also offer a parent-toddler class, our Fundays program, and after-school enrichment programs.  

Early Learning Center
3070 Redwood Ave.
The Early Learning Center (ELC) was incorporated
in January 1975 for the purpose
of providing a unique preschool
program for children in the Ann Arbor
area. The corporation has a non-profit
status and is operated by a Board of Trustees consisting of parents of present
or former students. It is licensed by
the State of Michigan and accredited by
the National Association for the Education
of Young Children. ELC offers a
traditional, half-day preschool program
which reflects the belief that learning
takes place primarily through exploratory
play activities. Please join us for an
open house on March 26 from 5-6:30pm.

Generations Together
2801 Baker Rd.
At Generations Together children learn
by doing with our preschool, kindergarten
and school age programs. Our program
is based on an internationally recognized
approach developed by High/
Scope Educational Research Foundation,
which is approved by the National Association
for the Education of Young
Children (NAEYC). Generations' 12,000-
square foot building is entirely barrierfree,
nestled in a wooded, natural setting
next to Creekside Intermediate School on
Baker Road. Each age group has its own
areas and its own activities, encouraging
contact between generations without
forcing it, in a physical and social environment
with its own Program Director
and specially trained staff. Does the
High/Scope approach work? Almost 40
years of research indicates High/Scope
programs advance the development of
children and improve their chance of living
a better life throughout adulthood.
We encourage you to tour our Center
and welcome your call to schedule a

Great Lakes Educational Group
152 S. Industrial Dr.
Great Lakes Educational Group is a
family-founded organization that strives
to create a positive learning experience
for all students. Great Lakes Educational
Group works with kindergartners to college
students in order to help students
excel within all aspects of their education.
In 2010 and 2011, GLEG was voted
the top choice for a tutoring and learning
center in the Ann Arbor area by Ann
Arbor Family Press readers in its annual
Family Favorites contest and hopes to
count on your votes again this year!


Saline Cooperative Preschool
6299 Ann Arbor Saline Rd.
Established in 1957, the Saline Cooperative
Preschool offers multifaceted,
teacher-guided activities to help preschoolers
learn, play and grow in a positive,
nurturing environment by establishing
the pattern for life-long learning. The
school’s play-based programs provide a
cost-effective preschool choice in addition
to a unique classroom experience
between student, teacher and parent.
As a preschool cooperative (Co-op),
our facility is operated by member parents
and an elected school board. Classes
are led by a dedicated teacher, and parents
volunteer their time, skills and energy
to help the school run efficiently.
The school is a non-profit, non-sectarian
organization affiliated with the Michigan
Council of Cooperative Nursery
Schools and licensed by the Family Independence

Small World Preschool and Childcare
38426 N. Hazelwood Circle
Small World Preschool and Childcare’s
Explorer Club offers developmental
programs for children in kindergarten
through eighth grade. We divide our
programs into sessions to accommodate
your family’s individual needs. Our “Before
and After” school programs include
homework/tutor time, snacks and free
choice time.

Sunshine Studio Preschool
6536 Scio Church
Sunshine Studio Preschool, an
NAEYC accredited program, offers
morning and afternoon preschool and
pre-kindergarten classes, child care from
7am-6pm, and a summer day camp for
children through age seven. Experienced,
caring teachers encourage a child's
creativity and enthusiasm for learning.
Our curriculum uses cooperative group
projects and the values inspired by the
Reggio philosophy of education. Some
of those values include respect for children's
capabilities, learning through
hands-on experience with a variety of
materials, documenting children’s progress
and finding many ways for children
to communicate their growing knowledge.
Sunshine offers a one to six teacher
to child ratio along with art, music, science
and Spanish classes. We have a
large fenced playground with a garden
and outdoor classroom for nature study.
Fun summer day camp themes weekly:
pond life, farm animals, gardens, water
toys and sand play. Come see if we are
the place for your child!

Green Apple Garden Preschool
2664 Miller Rd.
Green Apple Garden Preschool is a nature-
focused childcare center with a focus
on outdoor and free play in an urban
garden setting. With both full time and
part time scheduling, Green Apple Garden
offers consistent attention provided
by its educated, experienced caregivers
for children ages 12 months to 6 years.

401 Washtenaw
KidSport offers children the opportunity
to learn and refine non-competitive
sport-specific skills, team building and
social skills. Activities are age and developmentally
appropriate, and are developed
by experts in children's physical
education. Activities may include swimming
(instructional and play), cooperative
games, safety behavior and team
sports. Scholarships, discounts and optional
aftercare are available. KidSport
partners with Camp Explorations and
Outdoor Adventures for added variety.

511 Miller Rd.
Manzanitas is a play-based, full immersion
Spanish curriculum in a multicultural,
inclusive environment. With
experienced, fluent speaking staff,
the preschool and childcare center is
NAEYC approved with both part and
full time schedules for children two
through six years of age. Our programs
are for children who do not speak or understand
Spanish as well as for children
from Spanish-speaking homes.