Preschool Info Help!!!

Updated on July 30, 2008
N.B. asks from Dearborn Heights, MI
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I have a daughter who turned 3 in January and I'm looking for some sort of preschool or motessori program for her to attend this fall. The problem that I have, is that I have no idea where to start. Can someone help me out with any information...like who I would contact, and age limits or cut off dates for her. I would love for her to get into an environment with other children, since the only contact she has with kids her age are the occassional play dates that I can set up with friends.
Thanks in advance!

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I'm still currently looking into the local preschools around our area, but I have to thank everyone for their input. After contacting one local preschool, I found the answers to many of my questions, and hopefully with any luck she'll be attending preschool in the fall. Thank you!!

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M.O.

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Hi N.,

Your little doll can benefit from a good solid preschool that does more than just play with and babysit your child.

United Christian School has an excellent structured preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten when it's time. They are in their 31st year. Since she's just 3 years old and I trust she's potty trained, she can attend this class for 2 years before K-5.

This is a morning class and they also have an excellent daycare for the rest of the day if you need that. The baby would be in loving caring hands there as well.

I taught Third Grade at this school for years and know first hand that the teachers are well qualified, caring, and will show a sincere love toward your child as well. Another factor is because the class size is small, you daughter will have plenty of quality personal care.

Here's the school's address and phone number. Tell them M. Overly sent you!

United Christian School
29205 Florence Ave
(It's right on Middlebelt Rd, just before Cherry Hill)
Garden City MI 48135
###-###-####

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A.H.

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N.-

Hi there. I enrolled my daughter in a Lutheran preschool last fall when she was 3, and LOVE it! It is a Lutehran school with small class sizes. Because it is small she got a ton of one on one attention, and really growed a lot. By the end of the year she was writing her name, mom, dad, and her borthers name, and just excelling. She was somewhat shy and blossomed a ton, making several close friends. Periocial schools force involvement on the parents part as well, which is nice because you get to know the other parents, which spawned several weekly play opportunities for the kids as well. My daughter will be returning to the same school next month, and I can't be happier! I would strongly receommend Hosanna Tabor Lutheran School in Redford, if you are in the area. It is fabulous! They start the 3 year old pregram off two days a week from 8-11 AM, and then the 4 year olds go Mon-Fri 8-11. This gets them ready for kindergarten which is a full day. One more nice thing is that the 3 year old and 4 year old programs are both taught by the same wonderful teacher, so when they go back the following year for the 4 year old class, they are already farmiliar with the teacher which makes the transition to 5 days a week much easier! I would encourage you to check out their website (http://www.hosannatabor.org) and attend the upcoming open house on Aug 14 at 7 PM. If you would like to chat more, please feel free to contact me ([email protected]____.com). Good luck!

C.T.

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Ms. Dee Dee's School House in Oak Park Michigan. She has great reviews on here and my son currently attends and I recommend her to everyone.www.msdschoolhouse.com

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K.K.

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Hello N.:
As a mom of a preschooler, I remember my search for the right preschool very well. A couple resources to checkout for preschools is Metro Parent and www.greatschools.com. Age limits will vary by preschool depending on their licensing and whether or not they are primary a preschool or also provide day care. Age ranges usually include 2-5 years olds. Cut-off dates vary by school but some may still have openings for the Fall (especially if they had any cancellations).
One preschool that I highly recommend you consider is Echo Park in Farmington Hills. It is a private, non-profit preschool located on 12 Mile Rd. just east of Middlebelt. It has a fabulous reputation in Oakland County and has existed for over 45 years! Families from many surrounding communities take their small ones there. From what I understand, they are holding a special OPEN HOUSE for prospective families on August 13 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Their building is designed specifically for little ones. They focus on providing an amazing school experience for children from Tot through Kindergarten -- with enrichment opportunities that include music, drama, science, Spanish, and more. They have a wonderful staff and understand the importance of social and emotional development as well as academic. Many scheduling options are offered from 2-3 half days through 5 full days. They also offer summer camp which is a fun way to start a child prior to the school year to get them comfortable with being there. And, the have great Early Year - Parent/Tot programs to help transition children from home to preschool. You can learn more about them at www.echopark.org or ###-###-####. I'd especially encourage you to visit the school -- my daughter loves it! If your daughter attends Echo Park, she will have a great start for sure! Hope this is helpful.

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H.G.

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My son went to Ferndale Montessori for PreK 4, and it was excellent. My neighbors' children were there for PreK3 and 4, and recommended it to me. It is on Marshall, about 2 blocks north of 8 mile off Woodward.

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