Gilden Woods Portage

Gilden Woods Portage 1518 East Centre Ave. Portage, MI 49002 269-359-1115 Hours
6AM - 6PM, Monday - Friday

Welcome to our Portage School!

We are proud to offer quality child care and preschool to the Portage community. We are conveniently located on East Centre Avenue between Lovers Lane and Portage Road across East Centre Avenue from Corstange Greenhouse and Centre Meadows Apartments.

2014Year Opened

Ms. Jamie H.

Program Director

My name is Jamie Henson and I am from Battle Creek, Michigan. I came to Gilden Woods with over 7 years of experience in childcare. I have an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from Kellogg Community College. I have 3 beautiful children that help me strive to be the best role model for them and other young children. Outside of work I enjoy visiting new places with my husband and children. I enjoy reading with my children and our favorite book is “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. I am proud to be the Program Director at our Portage center and happy to help your children learn and grow.

Ms. Lacey H.

Assistant Program Director

Hi Everyone! My name is Lacey and I am your Assistant Program Director. I am originally from Muncie, Indiana. A little bit about myself, I have a boyfriend named Justin and a puppy dog companion. I like to play softball and fish in the summer as well as spend time in Kentucky on my families houseboat. 

I have 7 years experience working with children. I have my Early Childhood Associates from Kellogg Community College. I love being able to watch children grow and develop!

If you asked me what my favorite book was, anything PETE THE CAT! 

Ms. Alex P.

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


3 Assistant Toddler Teachers

This full-time position would begin immediately.  Applicants must read the Assistant Toddler Teacher employee qualifications & expectations before completing an application.

Lead Toddler Teacher

This full-time position would begin immediately.  Applicants must read the Lead Toddler Teacher employee qualifications & expectations before completing an application.



Last Updated 4/16/19


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"AppleTree & Gilden Woods offers so many great benefits, including earn-able paid time and a 401K plan. As a valued employee, we are treated to so many kind words from the administrative team and we are showered with special fun surprises all the time! "

– AppleTree Lead Teacher

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Join us on June 13th from 5pm to 7pm for a Grand Opening Open House at our newest location in Troy! Come tour our new state-of-the-art school and meet our Program Director and teaching team. Enjoy family friendly vendors and giveaways as well as refreshments!

Our newest school opens July 8, 2019! Now Enrolling! Contact Christie Finch at our Corporate Office at 616-226-8716 or fill out a our Request Enrollment form to learn more.