AppleTree & Gilden Woods voted "Top Daycare" again for 2018 Grand Rapids Kids Grandtastic Awards

With your help, we have done it again! AppleTree and Gilden Woods has been recognized again by the GRKids.com community as the top daycare in Grand Rapids. The Grandtastic award is not to be confused with our 2018 Best of GR award provided by Grand Rapids Magazine. Each year, GRKids invites their online community of parents to vote for the best of Grand Rapids in many different categories. Some other Grandtastic award winners include:

Top Art Class/Studio: The Mud Room @ Knapp’s Corner

Top Swimming Lessons: Goldfish Swim School

Top Dance Classes: Caledonia Dance & Music Center

Top Restaurant for Families: Chick-Fil-A Grand Rapids South

Top Consignment Store for Kids: Once Upon a Child (Wyoming)

Top Boutique for Kids: Tip Toes (Holland)

Top Family Photographer: Marie Clark Photography


Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to GRKids.com for this honor and to our awesome Grand Rapids Community for your votes!

Check out the complete list of 2018 Grandtastic award winners

AppleTree & Gilden Woods Voted Best of GR

For the third consecutive year AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool has been named “Best of GR Child Care Provider” by Grand Rapids Magazine.

Celebrating their 20th year, AppleTree and Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool continues to provide childcare and early education in a safe, nurturing environment. Operating on the philosophy in which children are encouraged to learn, play, and develop at their own pace, AppleTree and Gilden Woods is proud to be recognized again as the Best of Grand Rapids.

“Thank you AppleTree and Gilden Woods families! We are honored to receive the ‘Best Child Care Provider of Grand Rapids Award.’ We are proud to know we have earned Grand Rapids parents’ trust. It is truly a privilege to have cared for over 20,000 children the last 20 years. Without you, this would not be possible. We are forever thankful for your continued support and pushing us to be the best we can be,” said Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon, Founder/CEO.

AppleTree & Gilden Woods voted "Top Daycare" again for 2017 Grand Rapids Kids Grandtastic Awards

Grand Rapids Kids annually receives nominations from the Grand Rapids community to share their family favorite places. More than 20 categories were awarded to several different West Michigan area businesses. Here are a few they honored:

Top Art Class/Studio: Mud Room

Top Swimming Lessons: ISR (Infant Swimming Resources)-Michelle Petrella

Top Dance Classes: Hearts in Motion Dance

Top Restaurant for Families: Russ’ Restaurants

Top Consignment Store for Kids: Once Upon a Child (Wyoming)

Top Boutique for Kids: Tip Toes

Top Family Photographer: Junia Studios


Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to Grand Rapids Kids for this honor and to our awesome Grand Rapids Community for your votes!

Click to see the Grand Rapids Kids Grandtastic Guide 2017 Best of Grand Rapids

S.T.E.M. Curriculum

GRAND RAPIDS, MI September 20, 2015 – AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool are launching a new S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum in October, 2015. The hands-on, activity-based curriculum will be added to their highly acclaimed K-Prep preschool program at each of their 16 schools located in the West Michigan, Kalamazoo, and Lansing areas.

“Children are natural born scientists and are quite capable of exploring concepts of science,” says Lezlie Soda, M. Ed., Director of Curriculum for AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool. “The addition of this S.T.E.M. program enhances our current preschool curriculum by allowing students to discover the amazing world of science.”

Preschoolers are eager to investigate spaces and experiment with objects in their environment. The program will provide hands-on activities in science education to promote a sense of wonder and interest in the natural world. The S.T.E.M. curriculum invites 4-year olds and Young 5’s to actively investigate their world through exploration. The program is based upon “Peep and the Big Wide World,™” an award-winning animated video series produced by the WGBH Education Foundation. The series combines preschool science and math curriculum to engage and support teaching science and math to preschoolers and Young 5’s. Students will learn about six broad units of study: Water, Sound, Plants, Colors, Shadows, and Ramps (movement).

AppleTree & Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschools provide children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old high quality child care and education in a safe, nurturing environment. Children learn, play, and develop at their own pace and their unique abilities are discovered and nurtured by highly qualified teachers using developmentally appropriate programming and curriculum. The schools are specifically designed to foster engaging and interactive learning that promotes Kindergarten Readiness and future school success.

Founder Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon Named EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2015 Regional Award Winner

EY announces Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool President and Founder Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award winner in Michigan and Northwest Ohio! Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in Education and Training category

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GRAND RAPIDS, June 11 – EY today announced that Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon, President of Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool, a provider of quality child care and preschool, received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the Education and Training category in Michigan and Northwest Ohio. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Bridgett Tubbs-Carlon was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Cobo Center Grand Ballroom in Detroit on June 11.   

Now in its 29th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2014 winner Dr. David Hung, President and CEO and Chairman of Medivation.

As a Michigan and Northwest Ohio award winner, Tubbs-Carlon is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2015 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are sponsored nationally by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.

In Michigan and Northwest Ohio, sponsors also include Merrill Corporation, Citizens Bank, Foley & Lardner LLP, Tanner Friedman, Crain’s Detroit Business, NewsTalk 760 WJR and Fuel: Detroit.

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

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