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Early Childhood Programs

Frequently Asked Questions 2021-22 School Year


EARLY CHILDHOOD


What preschool classes do you offer?
We offer School Day Preschool (8:30am-4:00pm) and Half Day Preschool (9:00am - 1:00pm). Families
enrolled in School Day can sign up for before care (7:00 am-8:30 am) and/or after care (4:00am-6:00pm).


Do you have a Virtual option for preschool?
Yes, we have a Virtual Preschool option for children 3-5 years old. We provided this option for families
throughout the 2020-21 school year with great success. Virtual Preschool includes daily lesson plans, 2
synchronous (live) 30 minute group gatherings via Zoom, regular individual connection with Virtual Teacher,
weekly surprise guest or virtual field trip, 3 asynchronous (videos) from Virtual Teacher and monthly parent
tips and resources.


Do you offer any classes that parents can attend with their child?
Yes, our Parent Child is a class where a caregiver and child (2-3 years old) will interact and explore
together one day a week. Classes are designed to give caregivers and children a chance to interact with
each other and their peers in a relaxed environment. Exploratory art, dramatic play, small and large motor,
and discovery activities are provided in a free choice setting along with outdoor play opportunities.


What are your tuition rates for preschool?
Our current 2021-22 rates are as follows:
- School Day Preschool- $51/day
- Half Day Preschool- $32/day
- Before Care- $6/day
- After Care- $8/day
- Virtual Preschool- $225/month
- Parent Child - $18.00/day


Is there a minimum number of days I have to sign up for?
- School Day- We allow families to select the days that work best for their schedule with a 2 day
minimum (this also applies to before and after care)
- Half Day- We allow families to select either Monday/Wednesday/Friday, Tuesday/Thursday or
Monday through Friday

 

What is a mixed-age class?

Our Half Day and School Day preschool classes are mixed-age, meaning a mix of children ages 3 through 5 years old.

 

Why mixed-age classes? What are the benefits?

One of the main goals in all of our preschool classes is to prepare children for kindergarten. Our teachers are skilled in differentiating instruction and scaffolding children's learning to help them progress to the next level. Teachers meet children where they are developmentally, focusing on children's strengths. When teachers plan activities they individualize for each child, supporting early, middle and later development.

 

There are many benefits to mixed-age classes including:

  • Continuity of care - Children have the opportunity to remain with the same team throughout their preschool experiences. This helps to build strong relationships between children and teachers, as well as children and their peers.  Ultimately building a strong classroom community.
  • Builds leadership and self-esteem - Younger children maximize their intellectual potential and gain confidence as well as enhance their behavioral and language skills. Older children build empathy skills by gaining opportunities for leadership and "mentoring" younger children.
  • Encourages cooperation - Having a classroom of children at different ages minimizes competitive pressure, fostering a cooperative environment where children work together and can relate to one another in different ways.


What will my preschoolers day look like?

                8:30     Arrival
        8:30-9:30     Arrival/Exploration/Breakfast

        9:30-9:45     Group Gathering

      9:45-12:00     Small Group/Work Time/Centers/Exploration/Outside Time*

      12:00-1:00     Lunch/Rest Time Prep

        1:00-2:30     Rest time/Quiet Activities

        2:30-3:30     Group Gathering/Work Time/Centers/Exploration/Outside Time*

        3:30-4:00     Snack/Exploration

                4:00     Departure

         *Varies by classroom

 

What curriculum do you use?
We implement a comprehensive curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach while using many
elements of HighScope such as active learning and conflict resolution. We also use a holistic approach to
social-emotional learning through Second Step. Our curriculum is child initiated and teacher framed.
Intentionally planned learning opportunities are designed based on the interests and needs of individual
children in the class. Our licensed and accredited programs are committed to help each child develop to
his/her fullest potential; socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and creatively. Children have
opportunities to develop and learn in small group activities, one on one work with an adult and in large
group experiences.


What sets us apart?
- High-quality Early Childhood Educators
- Curriculum driven by elements of HighScope and the Reggio Emilia Approach
- Collaboration with Kindergarten and emphasis on school readiness
- Holistic approach to social-emotional learning including support from School Psychologist utilizing
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
- Strength-based coaching and individualized professional development for teaching staff facilitated
by Early Childhood Specialist


What is Studio?
The Studio is facilitated by the Studio teacher who works with children in small groups on extended projects
that provide opportunities for children to express themselves, problem solve and work in collaboration with
their peers.


What locations are these classes held?
Old Village School (OVS) located in downtown Northville, Ridge Wood Elementary and Thornton Creek
Elementary.


How old does my child have to be to enroll?
Children must be 3 years old by September 1st (12/01 with waiver) of the school year to enroll for School
Day and Half Day Preschool. To enroll in Parent Child, children must be 2 or 3 years old by September 1st
of the school year. Children must be 3 years old by the start of the summer program.


Does my child have to be toilet trained to attend?
All children must be self-sufficient in all aspects of toileting. “Pull-ups” are not allowed, including at nap/rest
time. Children must be self-sufficient in all toileting hygiene matters, including wiping. We understand
children may have an occasional accident.


Are meals included?
A breakfast and an afternoon snack are included for our School Day programs. Parents are asked to send
in a morning snack in the Half Day programs. Lunches can be brought from home or purchased through
school for both programs.


Who can attend the Northville Public Schools preschool program?
Families residing in the Northville Public Schools district receive priority for enrollment. We welcome
families that reside outside of the district. Out-of-district families are placed after Northville District residents
are placed.


What are your current COVID-19 protocols?
We developed a comprehensive NPS ECEEDP COVID Response Plan which follows the LARA Guidelines
for Child Care Centers along with the guidance from the Wayne County Health Department. These
guidelines include self contained classrooms, daily student and staff screenings, drop off and pick up
procedures outside of the building, and restrictions on visitors. Face coverings are required for children
anytime they are outside of the classroom and encouraged (but not required) in the classroom. Staff are
required to wear face coverings.


Do you offer a summer program?
Our preschool program does extend into the summer. Preschool Summer Camp is offered at Old Village
School. The program operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. The program ends about two
weeks prior to the start of the new school year to provide time for staff training, classroom cleaning and
building maintenance.


EXTENDED DAY


What school age programs do you offer?
We offer Kids’ Club (before and after care) at all six of the NPS elementary schools. We also offer Club
Mid at Meads Mill for middle school students from both Meads Mill and Hillside.


What are your rates for Kids’ Club (school age before and after care)?
Mornings: 7:00 - 8:50 a.m. FEE: $9.50 per morning
Afternoons: 3:45 - 6:00 p.m. FEE: $12.00 per afternoon (includes snack)

What are your rates for Club Mid (after school care)?
Afternoons: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. FEE: $13.00 per afternoon


Is there a minimum number of days that I have to sign up for?
There is a 2 session/week minimum required.


What are your current COVID-19 protocols?
We developed a comprehensive NPS ECEEDP COVID Response Plan which follows the LARA Guidelines
for Child Care Centers along with the guidance from the Wayne County Health Department. These
guidelines include self contained classrooms, daily student and staff screenings, drop off and pick up
procedures outside of the building, and restrictions on visitors. Face coverings are required for students
and staff at all times unless eating.


Do you offer a summer program?
Our school age program does extend into the summer. Summer Kids’ Club will be offered at Thornton
Creek Elementary School. The program operates Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. The program
ends about two weeks prior to the start of the new school year to provide time for staff training, classroom
cleaning and building maintenance. There are three schedule options: full-time, part-time and pick a week.