About Mayflower Preschool

At Mayflower Preschool children learn through play!  Our mission is to create a warm environment that stimulates creativity and a positive self-image for each child. Our program provides both structure and freedom which allows the child to explore, develop and grow emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually.

mayflower-preschool-grand-rapids-mi-exteriorIn 1968, 10 years after Mayflower Congregational Church was founded, the new education wing of the church was dedicated.  At this time the church decided to establish a preschool as a community outreach program.

Preschool enrollment grew from 24 children in 1968 to over 200 in a short period of time.  Due to this expansion, it was necessary for Mayflower Preschool to become a separate non-profit entity.


The focus of the preschool has changed throughout the years.  With increasing accountability at all levels of public education, preschool has become much more of an academic experience focused on preparing children for kindergarten.  State expectations and accreditation standards for early childhood education have changed significantly.  Mayflower Preschool meets these high standards.  The school has been accredited by NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children) since 1993.


The Preschool is administered by the Mayflower Preschool Council. The Council is comprised of 15 parents and community members who have a dedicated interest in the preschool. The committees of the council are: Communications, Future Planning/Personnel, House and Grounds, Fundraising, and Finance. Meetings are held once a month during the school year in the evening. All policies and procedures which govern the preschool are determined by the council.

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NAEYC Accredited Preschool

The National Association for the Education of Young Children administers the nation’s largest and most widely recognized voluntary accreditation system for high-quality early childhood programs.Its purpose is to improve the quality of care and education provided for young children and to recognize early childhood programs that function in accordance with the criteria for high-quality early childhood programs.


In accredited early childhood programs you will see…

  • A healthy and safe environment for children
  • Frequent, positive, and warm interactions among teachers and children
  • Open communication with parents, who are always welcome visitors in the program
  • Respect for cultural diversity and diversity in learning styles
  • Good child-teacher ratios in the classes
  • Specially trained teachers
  • Ongoing professional development
  • Planned learning activities and materials appropriate to children’s age and development
  • Effective administration
  • Ongoing, systematic evaluation

To learn more about NAEYC’s accreditation standards and criteria visit their Web site.

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Includes Young threes (for those turning three after Sept. 1 and before Jan. 1),
Threes, Fours, Young Fives and a Multi-Age Enrichment class, as well as Lunch Bunch.

  • Mayflower is wonderful. I can't think of a better first-school experience than Mayflower preschool. My kids absolutely loved it. The environment at Mayflower was nurturing, fun, casual and learning-friendly. The teachers were amazing. They were educated & experienced...and kind & caring. They were always finding fun and interesting ways to teach the kids the social and academic lessons they needed to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Everyday my kids would come home and tell me about the fun things they did. And every week the teachers would give me a summary of what they did, and what they learned from it. (The kids didn't know how much they were learning...but they were learning a lot!) The building is old but cozy and well-kept. (I'd take a nice old school with history and a big heart over a brand new building any day!) The Mayflower parents were very active & involved...lots of activities, field trips and new educational materials because of the parent's support. It's just a wonderful school.
  • Great teachers, wonderful circumstances, awesome caricurums, classes devided by the age, play outside everyday, and more and more...everything is the best you can get around here. What makes this school the best is my kids just love coming to school and hate weekends!
  • The warm vibe from the teachers and staff is immediately apparent. I feel so comfortable dropping my daughter here and have complete confidence that she is getting Kindergarten ready!