Our Big Rapids location was originally located within Resurrection Life Church and after an extensive renovation of what locals know as the “Old Trigger Time” building, our main center opened! In 2022, the Preschool & School Age Center (PSAC) was built next door to the main center. Our goal at Huntey’s Clubhouse is to nurture and support the development and education of children. With care from six weeks to 12 years old, we value every child and take their wellbeing seriously. You can be confident your child will thrive in a positive and nurturing environment with qualified and supportive team members.
The main center has a total of seven classrooms and the Preschool & School Age center is one large space, offering early learning and child care for infants through school age children. All classrooms utilize a research-based curriculum and development program, where every month has its own theme. We invite you to learn more about our early learning philosophy here. Each age group has outdoor space to play and explore. Babies and young tots often enjoy stroller rides when the weather is nice. Some features of our outdoor areas include a full playscape, basketball hoops, slides, balance beam, ride-on toys, and multiple sandboxes.
Infant care begins at six weeks of age. Babies enjoy developmentally appropriate toys, tummy time, and socializing in a safe environment. When the weather is nice, babies enjoy stroller rides! Parents regularly receive updates on Brightwheel about the baby’s day, including diaper changes, on demand meals, bottles and more. When the child starts moving around, they will move into the Waddler Classroom. Once they turn one years old and begin walking, they move into the Young Tots classroom. When it is time to naturally transition, they move into the Toddler classrooms. Their daily routines consist of meal and snack times, rest time, indoor and outdoor play-based learning, and educational activities that incorporate a monthly theme. Activities are focused on building motor skills, communication and language development, creativity, and social-emotional skills.
When appropriate, the child will move into the preschool rooms, which starts with young pre then preschool/pre-k (inside the main center or the PSAC). The PSAC Preschool Program observes the same daily schedule and calendar as Big Rapids Public Schools. Experience Learning Curriculum is the foundation of our preschool programs. There are many outlets for creative expression, including games, songs, movement, and art, that let your child build skills and confidence. We encourage student growth with individual and group activities in a structured environment as they prepare for the kindergarten classroom.
For School Age children up to 12 years old, we have Before and After care as well as a Summer Program. In 2022, we expanded this program into a new area, next door to the main facility. Students have the opportunity to work on homework, socialize and play. We believe it is important for kids to get outdoors (weather permitting) and enjoy the fresh air, where they can play games/sports, read, and connect with nature. Buses from Big Rapids Public Schools pick up and drop off students.
We thrive on a strong sense of community and our caregivers are a major part of our success. Not only are our team members caring and attentive, they have specialized training in Early Childhood Education. In addition to company policies and procedures, all team members go through CPR and first aid, state-specific licensing training, fire safety and sanitation regulations. Annually, they complete certified training from Child Care Education Institute and many have additional degrees in Early Childhood Education.
On a typical day, kids have two meals and two snacks. We strive to provide nutritious foods that children enjoy eating. When creating our menu, ensuring a proper balanced diet is essential to provide the nutrition and energy that children need to grow and develop. Each day, breakfast will consist of a whole grain, milk, or fruit. Lunch will consist of a grain, protein, vegetable, fruit, and fluid milk. Snacks contain combinations of whole grain options with a protein, fruit, or vegetable. Learn more about our approach to nutrition here.
At Huntey’s Clubhouse, family is important. We strive to create an atmosphere where cultural traditions, values, and diversity of families are acknowledged and honored. We work together to create respectful relationships and ensure the best services for the children and for the families. An important aspect of this is communication. We use Brightwheel to stay in connected with parents. Brightwheel was featured on Shark Tank and is an incredible user-friendly Smart Phone app (also available online). Everything from snacks to diaper changes are logged into the real-time feed. In addition to daily updates, Clubhouse communication, check-in/out and updated documents are completed through the app. All tuition payments are transacted via Brightwheel, whose platform accepts all major credit/debit cards and ACH/bank accounts.
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Ms. Brooke received her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Ferris State University. She has been with the Huntey's Clubhouse family since 2019. Brooke, her husband, two step sons and their infant son reside in Big Rapids. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the lake with her family, drinking lots of coffee, and making crafts with her cricut!
Cami HeisAssistant Director
Cami started working with Huntey’s clubhouse in early 2021 and has really grown to love all children. As she gained more responsibility within the company, she realized she enjoys overseeing the team to ensure that the children are in a safe and positive environment. Cami is currently working on her CDA. She enjoys traveling, experiencing live music, photography and spending time with friends and family.
Trisha KwantPreschool Director
Ms. Kwant has taught preschool for over 29 years. She graduated from Ferris State University and still resides in Big Rapids with her husband, three children, and their German shepherd. She enjoys being outside in the sun, preferably at the beach, reading , and attending music concerts in her free time.
Megan EckerSchool Age Director
Ms. Megan has always thought of a career in child care and will be pursuing a degree in child development. She loves spending time with the children, especially the school agers! She says, "They bring new light into her life everyday!" Ms.Megan enjoys long walks with her dog, Tucker, and spending time with family and friends.
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Big Rapids Location Information:
14514 220th Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307
"My youngest daughter is enrolled here, she absolutely loves her daycare teachers and enjoys going everyday."
The girls here are great! They care to the fullest extent about your child(ren) and take every safety precaution to make sure your child(ren) are cared for with the utmost love and have a positive experience.