If you have any questions about class enrollment, or you would like to schedule a day to observe and participate in one of our classrooms, please contact Meredith Long at 842-7051 ext 242, or by email at meredith.long@tcfymca.org. We encourage you to come into the Learning Tree for a tour, to ask questions of our teachers and Director, and to observe in the classrooms. What better way to know that our preschool is the right choice for you and your family. Please call for an appointment. 842-7051 ext 242.

Save the Date!

Enrollment happens during the second week of February each year.  If you are considering Learning Tree, we strongly encourage you to schedule a time to visit our preschool. We invite you to tour the classrooms, meet our wonderful teachers, and have your questions answered.  We would be happy for you to bring your child along so you can see if it is a good fit for you and your family, and be confident in your decision to enroll.

Registration begins at 9:00 am.  All registrations must occur in person at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.  The registration schedule is as follows:

  • Monday:  Registration is open to current Learning Tree Families and their siblings.
  • Tuesday:  Registration is open to members of the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.
  • Wednesday:  Registration is open to the community.

Your Child’s Birth Date

Each year the State of Michigan is pushing up the “start” date of school by one month, until it resets at September 1st.  In 2017, any children who have a birth date between October 2nd and December 1st will not be able to attend. However, because the Learning Tree is a private preschool, we are, at this time, keeping our cut-off date as December 1st, and our cut-off for Young Fives as April 1st. We are choosing to continue to serve those families with children who have fall birth dates, as we understand there is a great need to do so.

Registration Cost & Requirements

Registrations must include the non-refundable application fee of $125.

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Fall 2017 Class Offerings

Two Year Olds
  must be 2 by Dec 1, 2017
T/TH                      9:30-11:30 AM
Two/Three Year Olds
   must be 2 by March 1, 2017
M/W 9:15-11:45 AM
Two/Three Year Olds
   must be 2 by March 1, 2017
M/W 12:15-2:45 PM
Three Year Olds
..-must be 3 by Dec 1, 2017
  -must be potty trained

T/TH 9:15-11:45 AM
Three Year Olds
  -must be 3 by Dec 1, 2017
  -must be potty trained
M/W/F 9:15-11:45 AM
Three/Four Year Olds
  -must be 3 by Mar 1, 2017
T/TH/F 12:15-3:00 PM
Four Year Olds
   must be 4 by Dec 1, 2017*
M-TH 9:00-12:00 PM
Four Year Olds
   must be 4 by Dec 1, 2017*
M-TH 12:15-3:15 PM
Young Fives
   must be 5 by April 1, 2018
M-F 12:15-3:15 PM
Spanish Preschool F 9:00-11:00 AM

 **$125 Non-Refundable Registration Fee due at Registration**
*Note:  GHAPS public school cutoff for 2017 is 5 by Sept. 1, 2017*

Preschool Payments are made monthly on the 1st of the month.
Payments are due September 1st, 2017 through May 1st, 2018.

Pre-Registered Learning Tree Families, Please See Below.
Click to Download Your Enrollment Packet and Handbook:

Is my child ready, how do I know?

Each child is different and has a unique set of characteristics that determines school readiness.  Many of these skills will be developed at preschool.  Here are a few key traits to look for when determining school readiness.

  • Independence  Is your child ready to be independent?  Are they trying to do things all by themselves and accomplishing small tasks independently?
  • Enjoy interacting with other children  Does your child enjoy play groups and doing activities with others?
  • Responds to Routine  Is your child able to follow simple routines and transition between activities?
  • Endurance  Is your child ready for a two day or three day a week class?  Think about their stamina and level of energy when deciding what class is right for your child.

What can I do to prepare my child for the first day of class?

The first step is beginning to plan more social activities for your child.  Sharing, taking turns, and playing cooperatively with others can be very difficult for young children, so start planning those play dates now.

Give your child a sense of what to expect.  It is natural for young children to be both excited and nervous about the start of school.  Reading books about school is a great way to help your child prepare for the first day.  We invite you to attend our parent orientation and welcome to school meetings in September so your child can meet his teachers and see his classroom.

Separation anxiety can vary greatly in each child.  Begin to plan your good-bye ritual before the first day of school.  Allow yourself and your child ample time to get ready in the morning and leave the house.  The less hectic the morning is, the smoother drop off at school will be.  Always make sure you say good-bye, and that you will be back.  Never try to sneak out.  A quick good bye works the best. The teachers will care and tend to anyone that need a little extra help adjusting to the new school routine.

Is there financial assistance?

The Learning Tree is proud to offer financial assistance to families through the YMCA’s community pricing program and through the Miss Mary Ann Scholarship Fund.  Both assistance programs require interested applicants to apply for community pricing through the YMCA.

Can I visit, tour, sit in the classroom?

Absolutely! We would love for you to visit our preschool.  Please contact the director to schedule a time to see our school and tour the classrooms.

Meredith Long, Child Development Director
1 Y Drive, Grand Haven, MI 49417
(P) 616-842-7051 ext. 242