Preschool programs created for our community by local early learning experts.

Welcome to The Preschool Academy at Huntey’s Clubhouse!

Our program is designed to help children develop a love of learning and build a strong foundation for future success. Through play, children develop important skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Our educators’ experience with local children guide them on how to approach learning, paying close attention to where to focus, the pace, cultural experiences, and more.

Here are some of the key features of our program:

  1. Play-based curriculum: Our curriculum is based on the idea that play is the most natural way for children to learn. We provide a variety of materials and activities that stimulate children’s imaginations and encourage them to explore and experiment.
  2. Hands-on learning: We believe that children learn best by doing. That’s why we provide lots of opportunities for hands-on learning, whether it’s through art projects, science experiments, or dramatic play.
  3. Socialization: We believe that socialization is a key component of early childhood education. Our program provides lots of opportunities for children to interact with their peers and develop important social skills like sharing, cooperation, and empathy.
  4. Experienced teachers: Our teachers are experienced and knowledgeable about early childhood development. They are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment where children can thrive.

We’re proud of our program and the positive impact it has on our students. If you’re interested in learning more about our program, please contact us to schedule a tour. We look forward to meeting you and your child!

Enrollment for Fall 2023 Opens Now!

Enrollment for Fall 2023 Opens Now!



What kind of curriculum do you follow?
We use Creative Curriculum®. It l is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical-thinking skills. Our curriculum meets the standards set by Michigan Early Learning and National Association for the Education of Young Children. 
Is there a sleep or rest time?
Yes. Rest time is important for children as it promotes physical health, emotional well-being, cognitive function, healthy habits, and supports the learning process. Rest times are age appropriate and they vary as children begin prepping for kindergarten. Your child will have a cot or mat and a designated area of their classroom where they rest each day after lunch. You may supply a blanket and pillow that will stay in the classroom. Items are laundered each week (or more, as necessary).
Do children play outdoors?
Depending on the weather, yes! Children participate in outdoor play every day on an age appropriate playground. Outdoor play is always supervised to ensure that children are safe and that their play is appropriate and inclusive. Outdoor play promotes creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills, which are all essential for a child's overall development. It provides children with opportunities to engage in physical activity, explore their environment, develop their motor skills, and socialize with their peers. During winter months, we encourage you to leave winter gear (hat, gloves/mittens, snowsuit, boots) at the center. Please make sure everything is labeled.
Do you provide meals and will you accomodate allergies and dietary restrictions?
Of course. Please visit our Nutrition page to learn more. All of our menus are posted weekly on our News/Blog section.
Where are the programs located?
We offer Preschool & Pre-K at all of our Huntey's Clubhouse locations! Kinder Prep is offered in Big Rapids & Reed City. GSRP is offered at Big Rapids and Howard City.
How will I be informed of my child’s progress?
We will be utilizing TC Gold Assessments. During the school year we have two parent teacher conferences. Families will receive a progress report outlining their child’s strengths and next steps. Teachers are always available to meet with families on an as-needed basis.
Does my child need to be potty trained to attend?
A child should be potty trained to attend. We understand occasional accidents happen, and we are prepared.
What type of payment is accepted?
All classrooms serve children from all funding sources. Tuition is accepted in form of self pay or State/DHHS. It is collected weekly on an app called Procare Tuition Express.
What qualifications do teachers have?
The teachers and assistants meet the requirements set by the State of Michigan. These requirements include education and health requirements for people working with small children. We also strive to provide our team members with continued education in the area of Early Childhood Education. Each team member also undergoes an extensive background check, CPR and first aid certification.
I have more questions.
We have additional information and policies listed on the Resources section of our website. If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at If you have questions about enrollment, please e-mail

Our Programs

Ages 3-4

  • Must be 3 years old by November 1st of enrollment year
  • Available to pick-up and drop-off during normal center hours (6am to 6pm).
  • Full Time or Part Time is available. Part Time schedules are 2 days or 3 days.
  • Program runs September 5, 2023-May 31, 2024
  • Available at all locations.
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Ages 4-5

  • Must be 4 years old by November 1st of enrollment year
  • Available to pick-up and drop-off during normal center hours (6am to 6pm).
  • Full Time or Part Time is available. Part Time schedules are 2 days or 3 days.
  • Program runs September 5, 2023-May 31, 2024
  • Available at all locations.
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Ages 4-5

Kinder Prep
  • Must be 4 years old by November 1st of enrollment year
  • Drop off is from 7:45-8:15am & pick-up from 2:45-3pm.
  • Extended Care* (ending at 6pm) may available for an additional fee.
  • Full Time Schedule Only (Monday-Friday)
  • Available at Big Rapids Locations
  • Programs begins September 5th then follows the Public School calendar and observes all closures and delays (as the space is shared with school age program), unless enrolled in Extended Care*.
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The Kinder Prep Curriculum has done wonders for our 4 years old learning, development, and socio-emotional skills. The teachers are amazing and adapt the content delivery to the needs of the children. We have been more than impressed with this program and would highly recommend!
When it comes to picking a preschool for our babies, we all have our own checklists. For us, it was having a safe space where there are set protocols and routines. Having a lead teacher that is knowledgeable in early childhood education, caring yet firm, and a great communicator. Huntey's meets everything on our checklist and more! Our son just loves Mrs. Kwant and his friends. He thrives with routine, loves the special activities or crafts each day, and is learning so much! If you're looking for a preschool, I encourage you to bring your checklist to Huntey's. You will be happy that you did.
Our child was struggling with letter and number recognition at the early age of 4, even though her daycare was using a preschool curriculum. We made the choice to move her into Huntey's Preschool program and the improvement within two weeks was mind blowing. She's now more than half way through the school year and is spelling short words and adding and subtracting her dinosaurs at home!
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