AppleTree Monroe Avenue

AppleTree Monroe Avenue 1953 Monroe Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49505 616-447-7837 Hours
6AM - 6PM, Monday - Friday

Welcome to our Monroe Avenue School!

We are proud to offer quality child care and preschool to the Grand Rapids area. We are conveniently located on Monroe Avenue near the intersection of Knapp Street and Monroe Avenue and the US-131 Ann Street exit.

1998Year Opened

The first AppleTree

The Monroe Avenue of AppleTree Early Care and Preschool is the first AppleTree location and opened in February 1998.  We have been proud to offer quality care and education to the families of Grand Rapids for over a decade.

2017Golden Apple Award

Congratulations on Winning the 2017 Golden Apple Award

2017Best of the Bunch Award

Ms. Carol is our Best of the Bunch Award Winner!

Congratulations to Ms. Carol Rothley on becoming our "Best of the Bunch" winner for 2017! "Best of the Bunch" highlights our best educator or caregiver who goes above and beyond with providing high quality education, care and customer service to families.

Ms. Sayge W.

Program Director

My name is Sayge Wight and I am so excited to be the new Program Director for the Monroe center Appletree. I grew up in Rockford where I first started working with AppleTree in 2015. I fell in love with the infant room where I worked as an assistant teacher. I was also a floater and spent time in all of the classrooms at some point.

I just recently completed my Bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development from Western Michigan University and returned to the Grand Rapids area like I had planned to. Working with the outstanding team at the Monroe center is the exact opportunity I had hoped for.

I have always loved and had a passion for working with children, and while taking courses in college it became clear that this was the perfect area of study for me! Along with caring for children, I also enjoy baking, listening to music, and spending time in the sun and with the people I love!

I feel extremely excited and blessed to again being part of the AppleTree family. I look forward to getting to know all of your amazing families!

Ms. Kami A.

Assistant Program Director

Mr. Joey M.

Curriculum Coordinator

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 Preschool Teacher

This full-time position would be 40 hours/week M - F 9:00am - 6:00pm.  Applicants must read the Lead Preschool Teacher employee qualifications & expectations before completing an application.

Co-Lead Infant Teacher

This full-time position would be 36 hours/week.  Applicants must read the Lead Infant Teacher employee qualifications & expectations before completing an application.

Assistant Preschool Teachers

These full time positions would begin immediately. Applicants must read the Assistant Preschool Teacher employee qualifications & expectations before completing an application.


Updated 1/11/19



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"Couldn't be happier with all the teachers, directors, and support staff! Everyone is incredibly friendly and I believe they truly have my daughter's best interests in mind with everything they do. She is always happy and well cared for, and I can tell she loves her teachers."

– Tara Lynn Carr

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Oaktree Academy has partnered with Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool! With this partnership we are also expanding with an addition to the school building. To celebrate these exciting changes, we are hosting an Open House on February 8th, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm. Come tour the new state-of-the-art building and meet our Program Director, Carrie Quillan and her teaching team members. Learn more about our curriculum and programming. Enjoy local business partner vendors, as well as refreshments and fun for the whole family!