Childcare and Preschool Guide

Ann Arbor Family Press is dedicated to providing parents with the best options for their children. For over 18 years, our commitment has been steadfast helping little learners find a place that is comfortable and promotes learning and growing with our Childcare & Preschool Guide. Trust us when it comes to choosing programs that are right for your family!

Saline Cooperative Preschool
6299 Ann Arbor Saline Rd., Saline

Educational philosophy: They strive, through play-based and hands-on activities, to provide preschoolers and their families with experiences that develop lifelong skills to succeed in the educational setting as well as the community environment.

Tours and open houses available: Visit the preschool and meet Ms. Bonnie—voted Best Teacher in Family Favorites 2014; Call and make an appointment at any time, 734-429-0685. 

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: 1:4-6 students

Hours of operation: 9am-3:15pm Monday-Friday

Daily activities: Welcome, circle time, exploration centers (including art table, sensory table, & themed imaginary play), snack time, stories & songs and outside play

Nap times: None for half-day programs

Meals and snacks provided? Healthy snacks are provided by the helping parent/guardian

Potty training required? Pull-Ups are acceptable for 3-year-olds; 4-year-olds should be potty trained 


'Go Like the Wind Montessori
3540 Dixboro Lane

Educational philosophy: Provide an authentic and individualized Montessori curriculum at all levels. They are a school demonstrating Christian values embracing all nationalities and faiths.  With certified Montessori teachers, they work to inspire a lifelong love for learning.

Tours and open houses available: Tours are arranged any day of the week.  Open houses are March 5, March 15, and April 30.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: Infants and toddlers: 1 to 4, Preprimary: 1 to 10.

Hours of operation: 7:30am-6pm

Daily activities: Vary with age levels but focus on our Montessori curriculum and age-appropriate Montessori materials.

Nap times: Nap times for infants are on demand; for toddlers, Noon-2pm; and for 3 year olds in preprimary, 1-2:30pm.

Meals and snacks provided? Many students bring their own lunch, but hot lunch is provided for preprimary children.

Potty training required? Toilet training is an expectation by three years of age.


Ann Arbor YMCA Childcare 
400 W. Washington St.

Educational philosophy: Our program fosters independence in children, while instilling the YMCA’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Tours and open houses available: Tours may be scheduled with the Child Care Director, from 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

Caregiver or teacher/student ratio: All Stars (ages 2.5-3.5): 5:1, Aviators (ages 3.5-5): 8:1, Half-Day Pre-K (ages 3-5): 8:1

Hours of operation: 7:30am-6pm

Daily activities: Free Play, Small Group Time, Large Group Activities, Circle Time, Centers, Gross Motor Activities, Early Math & Literacy Concepts, Language Development, Fine Motor Activities

Nap times: 1:30-3:45pm

Meals and snacks provided? Morning and afternoon snacks are provided; families bring a packed lunch.

Potty training required? Children do not need to be potty-trained for the All Star Room/Toddler Room. They do need to be potty trained for the older preschool classrooms.


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