Portage Center

Our Portage location is on Moorsbridge near Center Ave.  We are located directly behind the 5/3 bank on Center Ave.

Features & Highlights


Classrooms are designed to provide sensory stimulation, which is vital to a child's learning process.

Low Ratios

Each classroom has low teacher to child ratios to ensure that each child has the opportunity to get the attention they need to grow most successfully.

Socio Emotional

At each developmental level children are empowered to grow socially and emotionally from expressing their emotions vocally, to using problem solving skills during conflicts.


As small and large motor skills are developing, classrooms are tailored to support your child's physical growth.


As each child grows physically, they are also growing cognitively.  Each classroom is equipped to foster the unique needs at each age.

Outdoor classroom

Our unique natural playgounds and outdoor classroom provide several physical and developmental benefits for each child.


At Milestones, our curriculum approach is based upon the Milestones philosophy and is designed to provide children with developmentally appropriate learning experiences throughout every day. Based upon principles of child development and upon the understanding that learning occurs throughout all portions of the daily routine, planned learning experiences take place both individually and in small groups.


Young Toddler

Older Toddler

Early Preschool


AM Preschool


Young 5

School Age

Portage Center Staff

Fun and learning awaits at this locally owned and operated business. Our certified and degreed teachers serve as role models and encompass positive images of children, recognizing that they are capable of many things and encouraging them to reach their potential in a warm and nurturing environment.

  • Kelly Russell

    Owner/Manager of Milestones CDC

  • Kelly Mertes

    Executive Director of Academics and Assessment

  • Nicole Pratt

    Executive Director of Operations and Development

  • Jenny Abid

    Executive Director of Brand and Communication

  • Kari Denman


  • Lauren Clark

    Portage Program Director

  • Teresa Payne

    Assistant Director

  • Tasha Dittmar

    Young Toddler Lead

  • Gabbi Grutzius

    Early Preschool Lead

  • Courtney Landreville

    Older Toddler Lead

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