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Welcome to the Early Childhood program of the Grand Rapids Christian Schools. We feel that the early years should be a positive, wonder-filled time of learning. Children are actively learning about their place in the world, among family, friends, and the community. During these foundational years, each child, created in the image of God, constructs their knowledge and understanding of everything in God’s world as they become discerning stewards doing His will.
Within a safe, Christ-centered, child-focused environment, the early childhood program at Grand Rapids Christian Schools provides exceptional opportunities for growth and discovery. Preschool and kindergarten students engage with caring teachers who purposefully provide experiences to inspire creativity and nurture faith as they excite children about learning and prepare them for future success while respecting the pace of childhood.
Our highly qualified teachers support the development of each student as a whole child — academic, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual. Teachers instill a love for learning, a love for Christ, and compassion for others while they prepare students to be lifelong learners and disciples of Christ.
Every day is a new opportunity to share, learn, and grow – together.
We see parents as important partners! Our classroom environment reflects God’s creation inspiring children to know God’s world, learn from it, and care for it. Teachers are central to the educational setting, modeling a Christ-centered, joy-filled life. Your child will find themselves to be excited about learning, exploring, experimenting, and expanding their knowledge and friendships. Our program is designed to be a Christ-centered, hands-on, intellectually engaging, child-focused curriculum based on the Michigan state standards.
Children as Learners:
At Grand Rapids Christian Schools, we begin with the belief that children are made in the image of God and are in need of His grace. This is foundational to the teaching and learning setting.
- All children are created body, mind, and spirit to delight in the worship of God.
- All children are relational by nature and intended to live in community.
- All children are unique with different gifts, callings, and abilities that develop in individual ways.
- All children are curious, capable, and have a natural inclination to learn.
- All children actively construct their knowledge and understanding of everything in God’s world using their bodies, senses, and social experiences as well as their minds.
Meeting and Tour
We welcome the opportunity to show our school to you. During your tour you will have the opportunity to meet teachers, visit classrooms, ask specific questions, and learn more about preschool and kindergarten. We will also give you a taste of the exciting things happening in first grade and beyond.
Please complete the online inquiry form, and a member of the Admissions Team will be in touch with you to schedule a meeting.
The first step in securing a seat for your child in Preschool, Young Fives, or Kindergarten is to submit the registration form. Click below to complete this form.
There is an $80 non-refundable/non-transferable registration fee for all early childhood programs. Payment information will be requested upon submission.
Beginning in February, you will receive an email confirming your child’s placement, outlining the enrollment process, and providing information regarding screening dates and times.
The primary preschool payment plan is 9 months from September through May. This aligns preschool payments for those who use preschool tuition as a childcare deduction on their taxes. The primary kindergarten payment plan is 10 months from August through May.
GRCS offers additional payment plan options:
- Pay in Full: One payment in July
- Pay by Semester: Two payments in July and December
- Monthly Payments:
- 9 months: September — May
- 10 months: August — May
- 11 months: August — June
Students must be fully potty trained and independent in the bathroom to attend preschool. Being fully potty trained means wearing underwear (no pull-ups) while they are at school. The only exception to this is if your child has a medical condition, confirmed by a physician’s note, that requires them to wear a pull-up. We realize that a lot of development occurs between registration and when school starts and simply ask that you stay in contact with us over the next few months.
In our supervised, licensed childcare program, we offer before and after school care for students, including snack time, craft time, playground/gym time, and homework time.
Click below for more information including rates, and registration.
We are still accepting early childhood registrations for the current 2021-2022 school year. Please contact a member of the admissions team to discuss current school year availability in our preschool and kindergarten programs.