Great Beginnings

Great Beginnings Child Development Center

Managed by the Manistee County School Management Cooperative

Located inside of Bear Lake School, 7748 Cody St. Bear Lake, MI 49614.

Director: Lindsey Nowak

Our mission:

  • To ensure a solid foundation from which young minds embrace the lifelong learning experience.

Our goals are to:

  • Provide safe, dependable, quality care for children.
  • Nurture, support, and personally interact with each child.
  • Provide activities for overall development of the child.
  • Develop the child’s interests and talents.
  • Provide a welcome, secure, comfortable and relaxed environment for the child.
  • Work together with parents, teachers, and families.
  • Recognize the importance of family to the child.



Faciliator: Lindsey Nowak

Caregivers: Miss. Shari and Miss. Leslye

  • Hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Rates
    • Half day – $17.50
    • Whole day – $35.00
    • Weekly – $130.00
  • Ages: birth through 12 years.
  • Fully licensed childcare center.
  • Located inside of Bear Lake school with facilities that meet and exceed fire, health and daycare licensing regulations.
  • FIA approved.
  • Trained, caring staff with Infant/Child CPR training.
  • Safe, fenced in play area.


Teacher: Lindsey Nowak

  • Hours: 8:00 am to 11:30 am Monday through Thursday.
  • Rates
    • 2 day – $26.00 per week.
    • 4 day – $52.00 per week.
    • Daycare discount for preschool students.
  • Ages: 3 1/2 to 5 years
  • The preschool will have a structured curriculum that is educationally based and developmentally appropriate.
  • Activities will stimulate the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical needs of preschool children.

After School Program

Facilitator: Lindsey Nowak

Caregiver: Emily Smith

  • Hours: 3:05 pm to 5:30 pm.
  • Rates:
    • First hour – $3.0o, then $0.75 for every 15 minutes after that.
  • Children will have a snack, work on their homework, engage in organized activities, and interact with their friends.
  • Held in the current preschool classroom located inside Bear Lake School.

The staff at Great Beginnings looks forward to the opportunity to share in your child’s life. Please feel free to stop in to our center for a visit and registration information.

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