Early care and education

Our STAR rated and licensed Early Care & Education program is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment that encourages every child to develop meaningful connections and to grow and learn through play and exploration.

Our qualified staff are dedicated to meeting each child’s individual needs. Each age group participates in an enriching daily routine and carefully planned activities designed to promote healthy physical, social/emotional and cognitive development.

Program Philosophy

“Every kid is our kid.”

At Greater Midland we know all children can be successful. It is our privilege and responsibility to provide a high quality Early Care & Education experience for all learners

Curriculum 

Greater Midland implements components of HighScope curriculum in all of its Early Care & Education classrooms.  

“The HighScope Curriculum is uniquely designed to provide a rich academic foundation while promoting independence, decision making, cooperation, creativity, and problem solving in young children. How? The HighScope Curriculum includes learning objectives, effective adult interaction strategies, and assessment measures that help programs ensure a high-quality experience for all learners.” 

INFANT-TODDLER:

“Your youngest learners need to feel safe and supported so they can learn with their whole body and all of their senses. In a HighScope infant and toddler program, teachers focus on developing supportive, trusting relationships with the children in their care. We create rich environments that encourage very young children to explore and discover the world around them, helping them to engage in experiences designed to support their optimal development in all domains.” 

PRESCHOOL:

“In a HighScope preschool program, teachers ignite children’s interest in learning by creating an environment that encourages them to explore learning materials and interact with adults and peers. We focus on supporting early learners as they make decisions, build academic skills, develop socially and emotionally, and become part of a classroom community. Active learning is at the center of the HighScope Curriculum. It’s the foundation of young children gaining knowledge through their natural play and interactions with the environment, events, and other people.” 

Why Greater Midland?

Greater Midland Early Care & Education programs are STAR rated.

Programs with a star rating have demonstrated quality through their practices, interactions and staff qualifications. Our program implements the use of an approved screening (Ages & Stages), assessment (COR Advantage) and curriculum (HighScope). High-quality child care helps children be more successful in school, and has been shown to improve health and earning outcomes over children's lifetimes.

Our strong values make Greater Midland a great place to learn and grow

Focus on People First I Work & Live with Integrity I Create Fun & Adventure

Build a Positive Atmosphere I Collaborate with Others I Listen & Respond

OUR Early Care & Education programs implement the HighScope curriculum

“The HighScope Curriculum is uniquely designed to provide a rich academic foundation while promoting independence, decision making, cooperation, creativity, and problem solving in young children. How? The HighScope Curriculum includes learning objectives, effective adult interaction strategies, and assessment measures that help programs ensure a high-quality experience for all learners.”

OUR team engage in continuous professional development

Our team is always striving to best serve our kids. Our team members complete a minimum of 24 professional development hours annually. 

Greater Midland has served the community for over 100 years. We have developed and maintained strong community partnerships to best serve our children and families. 

Community center

  • Hours of operation: M-F 6:00 am - 6:30 pm

  • Preschool ONLY hours: M-TH 8:45 am - 12:45 pm

  • Serving ages 6 weeks - 12 years

  • DHHS assistance accepted

  • Financial assistance available (as funding allows)

  • Before & After School care available for grades Kindergarten - 5th Grade at Central Park, Woodcrest, Siebert and Chestnut Hill elementary schools. See Before & After School Program tab for details.

For more information, please contact us at (989) 832-7937 x2237

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

coleman family center

  • Hours of operation: M-F 6:30 am - 6:00 pm

  • Preschool ONLY hours: M-T

    • Tiny Comet 3’s: 8am - 3pm

    • Tiny Comet 4’s: 8am - 3pm

    • GSRP (Great Start Readiness Preschool): 8:15am - 3:15pm

  • Serving ages 6 weeks - Kindergarten Readiness

  • DHHS assistance accepted

  • Financial assistance available (as funding allows)

  • Before & After School care available for grades Kindergarten - 5th grade serving Coleman Elementary School. See Before & After School Program tab for details

    For more information, please contact us at (989) 465-2079

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

north family center

  • Hours of operation: M-F 6:30 am - 6 pm

  • Preschool ONLY hours: M-T 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Serving ages 6 weeks - kindergarten readiness

  • DHHS assistance accepted

  • Financial assistance available (as funding allows)

    For more information, please contact us at (989) 689-7770

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

longview - 337 Lemke St

  • Hours of operation: M - F 6:30 am - 6:30 pm

  • Preschool ONLY hours: M - T 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • Serving ages 6 weeks - kindergarten readiness

  • DHHS assistance accepted

  • Financial assistance available (as funding allows)

For more information, please contact us at (989) 492-7702 x1167

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Shayla Sholtz explains how the sliding fee scale at the Greater Midland Community Center has left a profound impact on herself and two daughters.

Drop-In Babysitting

Available at Greater Midland Community Center and North-End Fitness Center. Hours vary by location. Full Details

preschool

 
 

Where your child loves learning!

Our preschool program is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment that encourages every child to grow and learn through play and exploration. Each age group has planned daily activities designed to promote physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Our highly qualified staff is dedicated to meeting each child’s individual needs ensuring that the children have fun and every child feels both safe and special.

Curriculum

Designed to cultivate necessary skills for a successful transition into Kindergarten with a strong focus on academic, social and emotional development. Students will gain confidence and independence as future readers through early literacy experiences.

Students will practice early math skills through tactile games and small group learning. Students will develop social and emotional maturity with a focus on clear and respectful communication, establishing daily routines and performing independent tasks.

Community Center

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Preschool
Monday - Thursday
8:45 am - 12:45 pm

Coleman Family Center

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Preschool
Monday - Thursday
Tiny Comet 3's: 8am - 3pm

Tiny Comet 4's: 8am - 3pm

GSRP: 8:15am - 3:15pm

(Great Start Readiness Preschool)

North Family Center

Preschool
Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm


Before & After School

community center (Eastlawn, SIEBERT, woodcrest, & chestnut hill)

  • Yearly enrollment every spring

  • Monday through Friday 7:00 - 8:40 AM and 3:30 - 6:00 PM

  • Full day care on snow/inclement weather days, professional development days, and winter/spring breaks

  • Limited space available. Reserve your spot today!

Coleman family Center (coleman SCHOOLS)

  • Before & After School care for Coleman students of working parents ($6 each)

  • School aged children kindergarten to 5th grade

  • Available Monday through Friday from 6:30 - 8:30 AM and 3:30 - 6:30 PM