Preschool boys enjoy reading together

TCAPS Preschool Programs

Preschool Raffle

TCAPS' annual preschool raffle is underway. The raffle was designed as a way for TCAPS to help offset the cost of preschool for families. Its success has allowed TCAPS to continue to offer reduced tuition and scholarship options to qualifying families. To purchase a ticket, please stop by the Early Childhood Office (412 Webster St., 2nd floor) before April 4th. Tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit TCAPS' tuition-based preschool scholarship fund. The raffle will take place on April 7th. The following prizes are being raffled: 

  • First Place: One full year of preschool tuition (up to $6,000 value) or $1,500 cash
  • Second Place: One half year of preschool tuition (up to $3,000 value) or $1,000 cash
  • Third Place: $500 cash

About TCAPS Preschools

Licensed all day and half-day programs for children ages 33 months to 5 years of age are provided in a safe, nurturing environment. Our facilities include a school library, gymnasium, playground, and cafeteria.

Activities in the preschool programs address each child’s individual developmental needs, with the emphasis on literacy and language development. Children will engage in music instruction,  arts and crafts, creative games, science and nature projects, computers, productive play, and rest. Children will also receive social, physical, emotional, and intellectual stimulation throughout their day.

All TCAPS Preschools Offer:

  • Music instruction by certified teachers
  • Creative Curriculum, with a focus on literacy and language development
  • Personalized learning unique to each child’s developmental abilities
  • Qualified, caring, and experienced staff
  • Full and half day options

TCAPS preschool programs operate the same calendar and hours as the regular school program.

Additional Preschool Program Options:

Scholarships and Reduced Tuition Options

Scholarships and Reduced Tuition Options

One-time, partial scholarships are available to qualifying families. Eligible families must complete a PDF Documentscholarship application and qualify for free or reduced lunch. Families who qualify for free preschool programs through Head Start or the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) will not be eligible for scholarships. 

A reduced tuition option is available to those families who enroll their child five full days per week and who are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program. Eligible families must complete a PDF Documentreduced tuition application and can submit it at any time. Reduced tuition status is not available retro-actively and will be applied at time of eligibility determination.

DHS childcare reimbursements are also accepted, however, families are required to pay tuition in advance and keep their childcare account paid in full at all times. As DHS reimbursements are received by TCAPS, credits to the childcare account will occur and later appear on the monthly statement families receive at the end of each month.

Please contact the TCAPS Early Childhood Office at 231.933.1759 for questions regarding scholarships and reduced tuition.

Preschool Locations & Contact Information


Central Grade School
301 W. Seventh Street
Kaylee Hanson, Manager
Cherry Knoll Elementary School
1800 Three Mile Road
Sarah Fisher, Manager

Courtade Elementary School
1111 Rasho Road
Anne Thornton, Manager


Eastern Elementary School
1600 Eastern Avenue
Deb Feaster, Manager
Tracy Welch, Manager
Long Lake Elementary School
7600 N. Long Lake Road
Megan Niezgoda, Manager
Kathy Nester-Pohlman, Manager
Oak Park
301 S. Garfield
Kelly BeVier, Manager
Bonnie Thomas, Manager
Old Mission Peninsula School
2699 Island View Road
Tanya Laprade, Manager
Silver Lake Elementary School
5858 Culver Drive
Michele Conway, Manager
TCAPS Preschool at
Bayview Wesleyan Church

720 Wayne St.
Heather Quick, Manager
TCAPS Montessori
at Glenn Loomis

1009 Oak St.
Liz Sievers, School Admin. Asst
Westwoods Elementary School
1500 Fisher Road
Kim Summers, Manager
Gina McPherson, Manager
Willow Hill Elementary School
1250 Hill Street
Mary Kolle, Manager
Paula Sandtveit, Manager


For More Information

For more information on program locations, fees, or to enroll, please call the Early Childhood Department at 231.933.1759.


*Traverse Heights Elementary School is a candidate school* for the Primary Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that these schools believe is important for our students.

Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition, the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit