Early Childhood Education

 What makes us different from other child care centers?

  • Our programs use the HighScope research based, child-centered, emergent curriculum for children of all ages.
  • Our teachers have college degrees in early childhood or a related field.
  • Our child care centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a consortium of early childhood professionals whose accreditation program certifies high-quality early childhood programs.
  • We participate in Great Start to Quality
  • Our outdoor classrooms are Nature Explore Certified
  • We use the Music Together early childhood music curriculum.
  • We’ve been operating in Ann Arbor since 1982 implementing Gretchen’s clear vision of high quality early childhood education. 
Gretchen’s House Mt. Vernon
toddler reading

Infants and Toddlers

Ages 3-36 months

preschoolers gardening


Ages 3 to 5

young child writing

Great Start Readiness Program

4 years old on or before September 1 

children playing with dolls after school

After School Child Care

Elementary aged children

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Summer Camp

Our Summer Camp or SCamp program is a full-day program for children who have completed kindergarten through fourth grade.

SCamp is a safe, fun, and educational home-away-from home where kids spend time with their peers as they explore local attractions, do themed exploration activities at the center, and go to the pool, library, and local parks. 

Junior Counselors

Gretchen’s House’s Junior Counselor program provides a supervised and structured environment for young teens between 11-15 years of age.

Spaces are limited. Please contact the center in which you are interested in for this program.

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