Founder of Grand Rapids-based AppleTree Early Care and Preschool and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® for Michigan and Northwest Ohio

June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

AppleTree Early Care and Preschool and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool announced today that Founder and CEO, Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon, has been named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 for the Education and Training Category in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region. The company operates AppleTree Early Care and Preschools in: Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Grandville, Hudsonville, Kentwood, Otsego, Rockford, Standale and Walker, Michigan. Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschools are located in Grand Rapids, Haslett, Holland, Kalamazoo and Portage, Michigan. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as education, innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Tubbs-Carlon received the award at a ceremony hosted by EY at Cobo Center in Detroit among hundreds of fellow entrepreneurs. “Maintaining a safe and nurturing environment is our top priority. Our enrolled families put their trust in us and we are honored by the privilege of caring for and educating their children,” said Tubbs-Carlon. “We have inspired a love of learning in more than 20,000 children in the communities we serve and have impacted the lives of two generations.  The children we cared for 17 years ago are now bringing their infants to Gilden Woods and AppleTree and some are working for us as they raise their own families.” Developed in 2012 as an addition to its 17-year-old sister company, AppleTree Early Care and Preschool, Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool has quickly expanded and is poised for national growth.  The two brands currently include 16 state-of-the-art locations where children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old can grow, learn, and thrive socially, academically, and emotionally. Age-appropriate curriculum allows each child to master learning objectives at their own pace while being prepared for Kindergarten and future life success.  Rigorous quality standards are evaluated quarterly to ensure excellence in programming, curriculum, staffing, and building and child care safety. Now in its 29th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National […]

A Place for Every Child – Preschool Options through Rockford Public Schools

March 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

by LISA JACOBS, Executive Director Rockford Community Services Childhood is an amazing time in the life of a human. Everyday, learning is the primary activity. Preschool provides an excellent opportunity to enhance that learning. Through a preschool experience, children are better prepared to make the transition to the formal school setting. In a quality preschool, children gain self-confidence and become more independent as they develop problem-solving skills as well as learning about the reading and writing process that they will jump into in kindergarten. They also learn social skills like sharing, waiting your turn, and empathy, which help them throughout life. The Rockford Schools Childcare Services offers four different options for preschool children. Each is unique and can meet the needs of any young child. The Community Education Preschool program is at the Administration Building. This well-established family-loved program has been serving the children of Rockford for 35 years. The staff of Ruth Hosler, Melissa Young and Brenda Chrisman has many years of experience. This is a program that emphasizes school readiness and success through the teaching of cognitive and social skills. The staff develops a warm nurturing relationship with each child and his family. The Child Development Lab Preschool at the high school also has a curriculum to prepare students for kindergarten. It features a parent observation room, motivated “high school friends” who help with learning, a Paws with a Cause dog on Tuesdays and Thursdays, an art fair in the spring, a fitness day, and lots of exciting activities. Hola Amigos is a Spanish Immersion Preschool to introduce three- and four-year-old children to the Spanish language and culture. Bilingual staff teach the same academic and social skills as a traditional preschool. The Spanish words for these concepts are gradually introduced through the year, ending with a Cinco di Mayo party in May. For those children who need childcare, we offer a full-day program which incorporates a preschool into the morning, thus eliminating the need of enrolling in a preschool and a childcare. This program is also housed in the Administration Building. As a result of meeting high standards, this childcare/preschool is nationally accredited, much like the Blue Ribbon awards given to each Rockford elementary school. Registration for the three traditional part-day programs is […]