Child Care and Preschool Guide

Looking for a great place for your little one to develop, learn, and have fun during those important years leading up to Kindergarten?
We’ve got you covered!

Daycroft Montessori Preschool-K Campus

100 Oakbrook Dr.
734-930-0333 |

A Daycroft education provides a Montessori, student-centered learning environment that nurtures the whole child. Daycroft balances student-initiated education with teacher-lead activities. The Preschool-K Campus, for children 33 months through kindergarten, offers a solid foundation in Montessori education with a five-day-per-week program with full or half-day options, where two qualified teachers per classroom prepare an environment for self-expression and achievement.Specials include art, music, Spanish, technology, and physical education. Additional features include a Parent-Toddler Fun Days program, held Wednesday and Friday mornings, that directly involves parents and helps prepare toddlers for a full transition into the preschool program. There are also a variety of after school enrichment offerings. After preschool students progress to the K-8 campus where the multi-age classrooms inspire students to be independent, motivated, curious, and joyful learners. To attend an open house, call 734-930-0333 or email

Early Learning Center Preschool

3070 Redwood Dr. | 734-973-7722 |
The Early Learning Center believes that young children learn best through exploratory play. They offer a variety of both directed and non-directed activities to encourage children to develop a strong sense of curiosity, self-esteem, and independence. The NAEYC accredited school is a traditional half-day preschool program that serves children that are two and a half to five years of age. They are run by a parent board of volunteers so families have an active role in decision making in the program. Each classroom is composed of two teachers with Bachelor’s degrees in Education who team teach and work together to make sure that each child is getting a well-rounded preschool experience.

Dexter Co-Op Preschool

8260 Jackson Rd. | 734-426-2491 |
The Dexter Co-Op Preschool strives to provide a setting where young children engage in group experiences before entering the elementary school and where emphasis is placed on the growth and development of the child and parent together. The preschool offers a 3 year old and 4 year old class with morning and afternoon sessions. The 4 year old program runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The 3 year olds attend class on Mondays and Thursdays. There are three assist parents present during each class session to help the children as needed. It is a very warm and inviting atmosphere in which children and parents can interact and get to know each other providing a great environment for preschool learning. The school also places emphasis on the value of physical education in the learning environment. Each class has a physical education session weekly in the school’s amazing new gym and outdoor playground facilities. The school invites you and your family to attend their open house on Wednesday, March 15 from 6-8pm.

The Discovery Center

775 S. Maple Rd | 734-663-7496 |
The Discovery Center is an early childhood program for two-and-a-half to five-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, the staff at The Discovery Center believes the environment created there for young children is ideal. The Discovery Center has been an accredited program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 1993. The Discovery Center 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. The program is also enhanced by outside specialists who provide Spanish, music, and storytelling enrichment activities.

Vineyard Children’s Center

2275 Platt Rd. | 734-929-0300 |
Vineyard Children’s Center provides childcare and early education for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. They focus on responsive and individualized learning experiences using Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold Assessments to tailor daily activities for each child. We are committed to providing children with a safe, nurturing and interesting environment that promotes development in all area’s of their life including socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. We offer the most affordable and flexible enrollment options in Ann Arbor. Visit our website for a comprehensive pricing list for each program. We are currently enrolling for every classroom including infants, toddlers, two’s, preschool and pre-k.

Washtenaw Intermediate School District – Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs

734-994-8100 x 1551 |
The Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) is the grantee for State of Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and the federal Head Start pre-kindergarten programs for low to moderate income families. WISD partners with all local school districts, along with a number of community-based preschool providers, to ensure that high quality classroom-based programs are available at 26 sites in every community of the county. Programs are completely free for eligible three and four year-olds. Detailed information about program eligibility, program schedules, transportation, and specific site locations is available Families can submit an interest form for the 2017/18 school year through the website beginning March 1. If you have additional questions, please call WISD at 1-734-994-8100 x 1551.

Metropolitan Speech, Sensory & ABA Center

7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline | 313-278-4601 |
Metropolitan Speech, Sensory & ABA Center (a division of Dearborn Speech & Sensory Center, Inc.) in Saline provides the highest quality speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and psychological services for individuals from infancy through adulthood. Their team of certified therapists assists clients in areas of speech, handwriting, central nervous system alignment (sensory integration therapy), feeding, fine and gross motor coordination, and social skills. Their professionals also provide tutoring services and ABA therapy services to children who are on the autism spectrum. Many in the area will remember their newest Saline location as the My Urban Toddler award winning play space! They are excited to re-open the play space and rental of the facility for birthday parties to the public, and make all of their therapy services available to the Saline, Ann Arbor and surrounding areas.

Ypsilanti Community Schools

734-994-8178  |
Ypsilanti Community Schools offers a variety of exciting and innovative preschool and kindergarten programs at Beatty, Ford, and Perry Early Learning Centers focused on project-based learning, social emotional learning needs, sensory play and more. For the youngest learners, there is an (in process) International Baccalaureate preschool (ages 3 and 4) and kindergarten program at Ypsilanti International Elementary School. Focused on building a globally-minded, reflective mindset, lessons are based on the ten attributes of the Learner Profile. YCS preschoolers round out their day with music, art, and physical education (some buildings offer Spanish). All YCS schools offer a number of programs through community partners including Ypsilanti District Library, YMCA, Eastern Michigan University, Bright Futures, Food Gatherers and more. For more information please contact Ginelle Skinner, or visit to enroll.

Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor 2775 Newport Rd.

734-995-4141 |
At RSSAA their philosophy is that young children learn best in a warm, homelike environment where the curriculum is imparted naturally through daily activities, and where play is central to the program. Simple, natural materials encourage children to form their own games and stories. In this way, our students develop creative thinking, problem-solving abilities and social skills. We intersperse this play with rich, vibrant storytelling, gardening, cooking, and art activities. We lay the groundwork for literacy with our daily Language Arts circle. Poems, songs, stories and beautiful puppet plays deepen vocabulary, increase overall language facilities, and strengthen listening and concentration. Their classes also participate twice a week in German, Spanish, or Mandarin Chinese immersion classes led by native speakers. We offer 3-, 4- and 5-day programs for children ages 3 to 6. Classes are mixed age and multi-year, enabling students to form deep connections to each other and to their teachers. Additionally, they offer Parent-Child classes for parents and children from infancy to age four. The classes are led by a Waldorf trained facilitator who shares resources for parents, and guides a morning of singing, visiting, and playing together.

St. Paul Lutheran School

495 Earhart Rd. | 734-665-0604 | 420 W. Liberty
734-665-9117 |

At St. Paul School Ann Arbor, we know that each child is a unique blessing from God. We offer outstanding infant-toddler and preschool programs that address the talents, skills and personality of each student. We have two beautiful campuses conveniently located in downtown and northeast Ann Arbor. Both locations offer play based programs that include art, math, science, language, reading readiness, movement and music. Our loving teachers are experienced and certified, and our programs are accredited by NAEYC, NLSA and MANS. We look forward to partnering with you in the first steps of your child’s education! For more information, please contact Monica Slack or Nancy Rosenzweig