Hill Child Center

Who We Are

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Hill Child Development Center is pleased to announce that we will be participating in the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) during the 2015- 2016 school year!

The Great Start Readiness Program is a tuition-free, state grant funded preschool program for at-risk four-year-old students.  The program requires children to be age four by October 1.

This program is designed to promote the development of the total individual by helping each child to develop skills in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive areas.  This is accomplished by providing a balanced program that includes both teacher-directed and child initiated activities, quiet as well as active experiences, and the recognition that learning occurs in both formal and informal settings, especially through play.

Please visit preschool.kentisd.org for more information and to sign up to see if you qualify. If you are interested in having your child participate in this program at Hill Child Development Center, please use our unique code BR8PHE under the 2015-2016 District/ Agency Login area.  Be sure to select Great Start Readiness Program, and on the last page CBO as the agency and Hill Child Development Center as the site.

To apply by phone or if you have questions about this process, you can call the Preschool Intake phone line at (616) 447-2409.

You may also apply by mail.  Send this application in English or Spanish to:
2930 Knapp St. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

There are income requirements to qualify.

You will need to mail the following documentation to the above address or fax it to (616) 301-8836 regardless of how you apply:

  • Verification/Documentation of All Family Income:
    Income tax form, W-2, Year to date paystub, Unemployment, Written Statement from employer, Proof of receipt of public assistance/food stamps/ WIC/child care assistance, Proof of receipt of SSI, Child support, Alimony, Pensions
  • Proof of County Residency:
    Driver’s license, Current utility bill, Rent receipt, Tax bill or land contract, Currently homeless, A written letter from the shelter where you are living
  • Birth Certificate or Other Proof of Age:
    Copy of legal birth certificate, passport, hospital record, baptismal record or other government form
  • Health Appraisal
  • Immunization Record – Immunization records need to be up to date before your child can attend preschool

Thank you for your interest in free preschool opportunities for your child.


Hill Child Development Center admits children of any race, color, national and ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and school administered programs.

Our Philosophy

The staff of Hill Child Development Center believe in the developmental individuality of all children, each achieving milestones in their own time.

The teachers believe children should be allowed enough materials and child directed activites that challenge them to grow without forcing the child to achieve far beyond his developmental capabilites, thus encouraging success and a sense of achievement.

We believe in nurturing each child. We strive to provide an atmosphere as homelike as possible without attempting to replace or alter the awesome responsibility of the parent. The staff at Hill works with parents to assist children in achieving the necessary milestones.

We believe that children learn through play. A child’s play encourages growth in all areas of development: physical, social, emotional and intellectual. The environment of the center encourages children to make choices and to have positive peer and adult interactions within the play areas to promote the child’s sense of self-direction and growth.

Our Mission Statement

Hill Child Development Center is a ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Our mission is to provide affordable quality care to the community.Bethlehem Lutheran Church is a community centered on God’s grace and focused on worship, music, and social justice with a goal of growing together in faith and action.

Hill CDC Offers

  • Quality trained early childhood staff
  • A safe nurturing environment
  • Preschool programs
  • A developmentally appropriate hands on curriculum
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snack served daily
  • Field trips
  • The Creative Cirricumlum®, Baby Signs®, Zoo Phonics®,
    Music Together Preschool®
  • Tuition assistant program