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The Warblers Nest

THE WARBLERS NEST EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER: We’re located in the Children’s Learning Center (CLC)

Phone: (989) 275-5000, ext. 233 | Fax: (989) 275-6733 | Email:

Our Staff

Lori White
Warblers Nest Director
(989) 275-5000, ext. 233


$3.75 per hour for 1 child
$6.50 per hour for 2 children
See director for 3 or more children
We accept DHS payments
All meals and snacks are included


Registration Form
Emergency Card
Health Appraisal
Parent/Guardian Letter for CACFP
Instructions for CACFP Income Eligibility
Household Income Eligibility for CACFP
Licensing Notebook Notification Form



Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The Warbler’s Nest—Childcare/Preschool Scholarship
Want to Win??? Apply Now!!!!

The Warbler’s Nest is granting one Kirtland Community College student a scholarship of $2,500, from the Kirtland Foundation, for childcare while enrolled. All you need to do is download the application or email Lori White at to receive an application. All applications must be turned in by July 31st, 2013 to have a chance at receiving this scholarship. One lucky student will be contacted on August 1st, 2013 after the drawing is done. If you don’t receive this scholarship please don’t be discouraged, we have other scholarships that will be available and we also accept DHS.

Download the Scholarship Application

About The Warbler’s Nest –Childcare/Preschool

The Warbler’s Nest is the childcare/preschool facility that is located on the Kirtland Community College campus. We have openings for children from ages 2 weeks-12 years. We service the students, faculty and staff, at Kirtland Community College as well as the community at large. Our hours are 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We have scholarship programs available; accept DHS, or personal tuition payments. Stop by or email Miss Lori at or call (989) 275-6732 for more information.

Wish you could spend more time with your children while you’re in college? You can!

You’ll have more quality time with them in your vehicle to and from Kirtland by taking advantage of the our  Warblers Nest (Kirtland Early Childhood Learning Center). You’ll also save money by not paying a babysitter during drive time.

The impact college life will have on your children surely is part of your decision making process before you register. They’ll watch you manage family, class time and homework at the same time. Why not include them while you’re on campus?

The Warbler’s Nest (Kirtland Early Childhood Learning Center) is state-licensed and the care-givers include licensed professionals who are supported by Kirtland students in the nursing and education programs.

They are able to care for infants, have a pre-school program and include education in nearly everything they do (gotta have a little pure fun). Activities include daily doses of:

  • Science
  • Music
  • Physical activity
  • Arts & Crafts

They spend part of one day every week in the Kirtland library and twice each week they hit the campus fitness trail that weaves through the woods. They even go sledding in the winter and only stay indoors if the wind-chill factor is below 18 degrees.

Free trips to Kirtland’s theatre productions are available to you and your children several times every year. If you’d like to go alone to a Kirtland Saturday show, the center is open and available at its same hourly rate.

You can visit the center between classes and even for lunch or snack time, all of which are customized to fit each child’s schedule, not the center’s. Meals and snacks are prepared right in the center! If you are a breastfeeding mom, you can use the private area made just for you and your baby. And if all this is not enough, you’ll be close in the event your child becomes ill.

Lots of Kirtland students say they could not attend college if it weren’t for the Children’s Learning Center. Make your family life a little easier while you’re a student and enroll your kids today!

More about the Warblers Nest

The Warblers Nest Children's Learning Center at Kirtland Community CollegeThe Early Childhood Learning Center was established to enhance developmental growth of all children and provide parents with quality child care. Children are guided to develop an initiative for learning, as well as a comfortable sense of self.

Our commitment is to the development of all aspects of the child; his or her self-image, creativity, physical potential and emotional growth. Children are grouped according to their developmental age, and activities are provided to enhance their skill levels.

The way in which a child views him or herself is the stepping stone from which he or she approaches all aspects of life. Children who feel loved, feel safe and secure. They develop a confidence that allows them to take risks, to try. The environment we maintain for the child stimulates their interest and encourages them to explore. This environment satisfies their natural curiosity and allows them to experience success again and again.

The physical growth of each child is enhanced by providing appropriate facilities, and many opportunities to use them. A child’s physical growth is nurtured by our clean spacious environment, good hygiene, nutritious meals and snacks, safe toys and equipment, as well as a balanced program that allows for physical activity indoors and outdoors.

Emotionally a child is helped to maintain a balance as they learn to acknowledge each other’s needs and feelings. By treating them accordingly, they learn to have respect for others.

Cognitive development and intellectual growth is fostered by choosing experiences that are appropriate to his or her interest level. We assume the responsibility of seeing that objects available for children to play with and explore are interesting and challenging.

Social development of the child is supported by trained adults, as they begin to interact successfully with their peers.

Interest areas in our program include science, creative movement, art, math, music, and language. Our staff is experienced in the appropriate areas. At all times there is a minimum of one staff member for every eight preschool children, one staff person for every ten school-age children, and one staff member for every four infants and toddlers.

For more information contact the Early Childhood Learning Center (989) 275-5000, ext. 232.