AppleTree Cascade

AppleTree Cascade 5038 Cascade Rd. Grand Rapids, MI 49546 616-726-5000 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.

8Unique Programs

Programming for every age and stage...



At our Young 5's and School Age Building we offer:

Young 5's

Before and After School for K through 5th Grade

Explorer Camps for 1st through 5th Grade



2012Opening Year

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.

2017Relay for Life

Relay for Life 2017 Sponsorship

AppleTree Early Care and Preschool of Cascade gave support for the fight against cancer by sponsoring the Relay for Life 2017 event at East Grand Rapids High School.

Ms. Megan

Program Director

Ms. Megan became the Center Director of the Cascade AppleTree Early Care and Preschool in 2016. She has enjoyed a career in Early Childhood Development with over 20 years in the field and including 16 years in Early Childhood Program Management. She earned her Education in Early Childhood from Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. She is blessed with two sons, Tristan and Harrison, who currently attend AppleTree. In her free time, she enjoys spending time together as a family, boating, gardening, camping and being outdoors.
She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for AppleTree Early Care and Preschool and work with a dynamic team of educators who are providing wonderful care to the community.   

Ms. Rachel

Assistant Program Director

Hello!  I am Rachel and I am the Assistant Director at AppleTree Cascade. I started my journey with AppleTree in 2015 as the assistant program director at Cascade. I have a  Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, with a minor in Psychology from Central Michigan University. I am originally from Sparta, MI but currently live in Wyoming with my husband and daughter Natalie. 

 My daughter Natalie attends AppleTree and she loves coming to school every day.  She is so excited to come see all her friends and teachers. I am impressed often with everything she is learning here at AppleTree. I am blessed knowing she is learning and thriving in a safe, warm loving environment.

 I love working at AppleTree because of the wonderful, loving families that I build relationships with. I look forward to working with you and your family and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to ask!!

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


Lead School Age Teacher

This full-time position (approximately 40 hours a week, Monday - Friday) would begin immediately and involve time in multiple classrooms.  Applicants must read the Lead School Age Teacher employee qualifications & expectations before completing an application.






Last Updated 1/9/18




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"A HUGE HUGE thank you to the infant room teachers. My daughter was only there for a short time, but they left an amazing impression! They were thoughtful and considerate of my daughter and what she needed (she is NOT a fan of tummy time) and they worked with her no problem. I could tell they both love their jobs and actually care about the children in their care. I can't thank them enough for all that they have done for my daughter. "

– AppleTree Parent See All Testimonials

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