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“I absolutely love everything about this place.”

~Parent of an Enrolled CLC Child 

Website Photo smallThe Children’s Learning Center (CLC) is a popular preschool and childcare option for many area working families and their children who are age 2-1/2 through 10.  We have worked with hundreds of children and families since opening our doors in 1982.

  • Enriched, educational environment
    Lesson plans reflect a nationally recognized curriculum which supports children in all areas of development.
  • Fully-licensed and highly rated
    CLC is “an excellent program,” has a wonderful space, staff are positive and appropriate with the children and the whole center runs very well, according to a Michigan licensing renewal consultant.
  • Attentive staff and teachers
    Our dedicated staff consistently earns high marks from parents and kids, alike.   The lead teacher holds an Early Childhood Degree.  CLC staff receives ongoing training.
  • Project FREE preschool
    Project FREE is a state-funded Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) for four-year-olds.  A certified teacher focuses on building students’ social and academic skills for a smooth transition into kindergarten.  Project FREE operates September through May each year.  Although there is generally no cost to families, eligibility requirements do exist.  If interested, please call 1-800-443-5518 to schedule an application appointment.
  • Before school, after school and summer programs
    Do your school-age children have a safe place to go after school?  Our before and after school programs are a great option for working families concerned about leaving kids unsupervised.  Enrolled students can come here on snow days, half days and teacher in-service days, too.   Summer programming keeps kids active and engaged with everything from walking field trips, sports and water-fun days to cooking and crafts.

CLC Information

  • Full and half-days available
  • Fees based on consistent/set scheduled days of programming
  • 10% discount for additional enrolled sibling 
  • Enrollments are accepted throughout the year
  • Open year round, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Children must be potty trained

Click here for Children's Learning Center fees.

Click here for Children's Learning Center daily preschool schedule.

Contact us for information, or a tour of our facility:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Children’s Program Director
423 Porter Street, Petoskey 
(231) 347-0067

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