AppleTree Cascade

AppleTree Cascade Young 5s & School Age 5070 Cascade Rd. Grand Rapids, MI 49546 616-719-4401 Hours
6AM - 6PM, Monday - Friday

Welcome to our Cascade School!

We are proud to offer quality child care and preschool to the Grand Rapids, Cascade Township, and Ada communities. We are conveniently located on Cascade Road between Forest Hill and Spaulding Avenues.



3Unique Programs

Programming for every age and stage...


Infant (6 wks. to 6 mos.) through K-Prep/Preschool 4 - 5 yrs. care and education are available at our main building.


2012Year Opened

Two locations, one partner in care and education

Our main building opened in July 2012.  In order to better serve the families in the Cascade community, we opened our additional Young 5's and School Age building in 2014 to meet growing demand.  We pride ourselves on partnering with families as their children start with us as infants and toddlers, complete our K-Prep Preschool programs, and eventually become our school age Explorers.

Shellie B.


“I am thrilled to be the Director at AppleTree – Cascade!  Previously, I was the Director at the Kentwood AppleTree for 6 years before opening the Cascade School in 2012.  I began working with young children in high school and I pursued degrees in Elementary Education, Child Development, and Family & Community Services from Michigan State University, graduating in 2000.  I found my true passion for early childhood education.  My daughter Lorelai attended AppleTree and my son Miles currently attends the Cascade AppleTree in our Young 5's Program.  AppleTree has been such a wonderful place for my family. I look forward to forming relationships with families and children.”

Come join our dynamic, professional teaching team and make a difference in a child's life today.

Benefits available to our full-time employees include:

  • A fun, caring, loving environment for children
  • Tuition discounts
  • Paid holidays
  • Weekends off
  • Vacation and personal days
  • Insurance benefits
  • Continuing education and training opportunities
  • Work at the same location where your child is enrolled


We are currently not hiring for any positions, but check in the future for job postings!


 Updated 4/19/17


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"Our daughter has attended Gilden Woods since it opened last November and we have had the most wonderful experience there. As a preschool teacher with my Master's in Early Childhood Education, I have extremely high expectations - and I can honestly tell you they have all been far surpassed. Words cannot express how thankful I am to know that my daughter is being loved and cared for so genuinely while I am away at work."

– Katie McKenney

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