Welcome to Walled Lake Preschool!
We are happy to register your child for the tuition preschool programs by mail now. Most sites are generally the same from year to year, but all are subject to sufficient enrollment and space availability.
To receive 2017-2018 Registration materials, please click and complete the survey:
Open Registration will begin in May, so please return your application by mail as soon as possible to get the location of your choice. Registration is processed centrally for your convenience only at the office, not the classrooms.
Grant programs are available for families who meet income eligibility requirements. Families are enrolled later in the season for the grant programs. GSRP, the free preschool funded by the state, begins enrollment in June after MDE has awarded slots to sites. Families applying for these programs will need to provide documentation of eligibility, participate in an intake interview, and comply with grant rules. Both grant programs will schedule 2 home visits and 2 conferences per year.
- Head Start - Families must meet federal income guidelines (100% federal poverty level.) Children may be enrolled whose families are over income when there are additional risk factors. Ten percent of our slots for children are reserved for children with diagnosed disabilities.
- The Great Start Readiness Program is funded by the State of Michigan. Children who are 4 years old, and won't be 5 years old by September 1, 2017, may be eligible for this program. Eligibility is determined by income and other factors such as developmental delays or difficult family situations. Family's income for free preschool would meet up to 250% on the guideline link below.
Tuition Programs serve all other families. Parents choose locations based on need and availability. We do enroll out of district children.
Tuition Sites for 2017 - 2018:
Dublin Elementary, Room 301, White Lake, 248.956.3831, MWF AM & PM, TTH AM & PM (9:30 - 12:00, 1:00 - 3:30) TrishFletcher@wlcsd.org Vickie DeSantis
Glengary Elementary, Classroom 13, Walled Lake, 248.956.3133, MWF AM (8:30 - 11:30), TTH AM (8:30 - 11:30) MicheleJacobson@wlcsd.org Kecia McKane
Pleasant Lake Elementary, Room 101, West Bloomfield, 248.956.2811, MWF AM, TTH AM (9:30 - 12:00) TerriSantavy@wlcsd.org
Twin Sun Facility, Room 300, Wixom, 248.956.4057, MWF (8:45 - 2:45), TTH AM (8:45 -11:15) LauraDavidson@wlcsd.org Amy Clyma
Walled Lake Elementary, Room 22, 1055 W. W. Maple Rd, Walled Lake - 248.956.4342, MW AM & PM, TTHF AM (9:15 - 11:45, 12:45 - 3:15, 9:15 - 12:45) ErickaPelto@wlcsd.org Heather Hill
Guest Elementary, 1655 Decker Road, Walled Lake, PreK Academy, M-F, MWF or TTH Full Day(8:30 - 2:30) BarbaraCook@wlcsd.org Fabi Ruelas & Kim Cundiff
Why don't children come with instruction manuals?
Ages and Stages Developmental Screening Questionnaire is available for all children through age 5. This researched tool gives parents information about where their child is regarding many areas of development. After you answer some questions about your child, you will receive feedback with some ideas to implement to keep your child moving forward. If there are any areas of concern, you will also receive suggestions of things to do or where to go to seek additional help. Join parents nationwide who want to know how to best support their child as they grow!
When you spend time in your child's classroom or attend a field trip, your child has a deeper respect for school. Your time and attention helps your child, all of the students in the classroom, and the teacher. Everyone learns from one another as we create that village needed for success! Be a volunteer, please!
Great Start to Quality
Higher quality programs also will track children’s development to make sure they are growing and learning. The tracking will help guide activities to benefit children the most. That is why the Walled Lake Schools’ Preschool Programs use the Child Observation Record. We use this information to plan how to guide your child's learning, and we'll share that with you.
NAEYC Position Statement
A curriculum that draws on research assists teachers in identifying important concepts and skills as well as effective methods for fostering children’s learning and development. When informed by teachers’ knowledge of individual children, a well-articulated curricular guides teachers so they can provide children with experiences that foster growth across a broad range of developmental and content areas. A curriculum also helps ensure that the teacher is intentional in planning a daily schedule that (a) maximizes children’s learning through effective use of time, materials used for play, self-initiated learning, and creative expression as well as (b) offers opportunities for children to learn individually and in groups according to their developmental needs and interests.
Please see NPR (National Public Radio) article about high quality preschool for a video and article from NPR about quality preschool. While this school uses Project Approach, rather than the High Scope Curriculum that is used in Walled Lake and most of Oakland County, it is still a curriculum that is centered on using play as the vehicle to help children construct learning.
Do you think that your family may be eligible for a free preschool program? Head Start and GSRP are both free programs. Families of 4 can earn up to $70,000 and be eligible for the state funded preschool program for 4 year old children.