Milestones Child Development Center applies an evidence-based, hands-on approach in child development. Children at Milestones learn through interacting with their surroundings and daily experiences all while in safe, secure, warm and nurturing environments created by quality and experienced staff.


Milestones offers a play-based program that engages and furthers each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. Children are provided ample opportunities to explore their environment and expand social and problem solving skills. Our certified and degreed teachers serve as role models and encompass positive images of children, recognizing that they are capable of many things. With this in mind, our staff constantly encourages children to reach new potentials. Teachers embody the roles of facilitators, observers and evaluators, all while providing a warm, nurturing environment. Parents are encouraged to become involved with their child’s education by partnering with teachers and care-givers to assist their child in growing to his or her fullest potential. We believe it is essential for parents, teachers, and families to work as a team with a common goal to continually develop and increase children’s knowledge and growth.


Kelly Russell, founder and manager of Milestones Child Development Center, has always been passionate about childhood education. While earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education at Western Michigan University, she began teaching preschool and then completed her Child Development Associate Credential. In 2005 Kelly decided to take her passion a step further, opening the first Milestones Child Development Center in Cascade. The Center’s success and enthusiastic response led Kelly to open a second center in the Belmont/Rockford area in 2007, followed by a third center in Caledonia in 2012. The fourth center was opened in Portage in 2017. All of the Milestones Centers feature state-of-the-art facilities paired with spacious playgrounds that encourage child development.

Meet The Staff

Milestones invests in quality staff that help children reach their potential. Serving as active role models, our certified and degreed teachers embody the roles of facilitators, observers, and evaluators, all while continuously encouraging children to reach for new heights in a warm and nurturing environment. At Milestones, we believe in working together. In order for children to grow to their full potential, we believe that it is essential for parents, teachers, and families work as a team to continually develop and increase children’s knowledge and growth. The people at Milestones are the backbone of our business. Discover our experienced and hands-on staff.

Our Team