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At Cedar Trails, we offer three different programs to help build a strong foundation for your child as they build skills to prepare them for Young 5 or Kindergarten. 
Our learning levels offer different opportunities for both 3 and 4 years old's to begin their trail to success at Cedar Trails.  Each program is tailored to fit the needs of the student and family based on age, days, times, and tuition.  
Preschool Learning opportunities
tuition based programCedar Trails offers a tuition-based PreK program located in our main building for ages 3 and 4.  We follow Connect4Learning Curriculum where we help children begin to acquire reading, writing, number, problem-solving, and social skills.  Our educators help with the development of children creating their own activities, carry them out, and talk about what they are doing to others.  Upon preschool graduation, your child will leave being independent, responsible, confident, and ready to move into Young 5 or Kindergarten.
Enroll today by visiting our PreK Enrollment page.
headstart programHeadstart is set up to deliver comprehensive services to low-income children five and under and their families, promoting their well-being and development.  We strive to provide comprehensive services through a highly trained staff, current technology, innovative programming, and diverse community partnerships that will create a strong foundation for each child’s future success.
North Kent Head Start is a small site situated along White Creek Road in Cedar Springs, located in northern Kent County. We are a traditional year site and currently have three classrooms that house the only 3-year-old, full-day programs. The building overlooks a private lake where the children can view nature uninhabited, observe many varieties of wildlife, catch insects, and more all while they are engaged in outside play.
Visit the Head Start Program site for more information and how to enroll. 
great readiness programLocated at Cedar Trails, the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded free preschool program for qualifying four-year-old children. We prepare children for kindergarten!  Our teachers utilize a research-based curriculum that aligns with Michigan's Early Childhood Standards for Quality for Prekindergarten (ECSQ-PK).  Our classrooms have consistent daily routines that include group activities as well as daily free-choice time and outdoor play.
Visit the Great Start Readiness Program site for more information and how to enroll! 
bright beginningsBright Beginnings is a partnership between the Kent Intermediate School District and each Kent county school district, including Cedar Springs Public Schools. Bright Beginnings provides services to all families who have children prenatally through Kindergarten entry. The program is a no-cost family outreach and support program that uses the Parents as Teachers curriculum model.
Visit the Bright Beginnings website to learn more about this program and enroll today!
parents as teachersParents as Teachers (PAT) believes children are born to learn and parents are their children's first and most important teacher! The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families.
Visit the Parent as Teachers Website to learn more!

Suggested Supply List for Tuition Preschool:

  • Baggies: Gallon and Quart
  • Bleach Wipes
  • Full-sized backpack
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Kleenex
    • Lunch bags (white or brown)
    • Roll of paper towel
    • Sticky /Post It notes
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Teachers and Team

Beth Whaley, Principal

Courtney O’Brien, Dean of Students

Secretaries: Tara Black, Jenny Drew, Carrie Mellema 

Cedar Trails Preschool

Jamie Figley (Associate)
Lindsey Swartz (Lead)
Whitney Woodard (Lead)

Great Start Readiness Program &

Kent County Head Start

Becky Averill
Ellen Brown
Betty Krzyzton
Kami Larsen
Candace Punches
Margaret Rabbers

Parents As Teachers

Caroline Galle
Lora Jenema
Kristi Webber