Why We Do What We Do
Community Day Care’s preschool curriculum plan is based on our philosophy that children learn best through active play and exploration in a stimulating environment. Children are given many opportunities to engage in free-choice activities that encourage developmental growth in the following areas: social/emotional, cognitive, language and dramatic play, gross and fine motor skills, creative art and music.
The activities available to children, and the projects our teachers organize for their groups, are designed to engage children while at the same time stimulate growth in one or more targeted development areas. We dedicate a substantial portion of the day to “choice time,” in which children may choose freely among several different activities structured with developmental goals in mind. By presenting them with choices, our curriculum eases them along the critical process of learning to make choices and developing a well-grounded sense of independence.
Another important component of our preschool program is our educated, highly trained staff. Our professional staff include teachers with degrees in either elementary or early childhood education. Dedication of the staff is evidenced by their longevity of service to the organization. Our staff consists of four full time teachers, one part time teacher, a permanent sub, and teacher assistants. We are also committed to giving back to the community by hosting EMU student teachers.
Registration for our preschool is now all completed ONLINE. PLEASE call first (734) 761-7101, to make sure there is space for your child to attend! We love to give tours and meet with potential families to make sure our center is a good match for your family.
Preschool Health Form (MUST be completed 30 days from start date)
2015.01 Scholarship & Sliding Scale Application *Sliding scale only available at the preschool
CDC’s preschool is housed lower Burns Park in what was originally a neighborhood residence. There are a number of specialized spaces, each concentrating on specific developmental areas. The rooms include; the sunroom, the bookroom, the snack area, little and big basement. We also have two and half lots of outdoor play space filled with mature shade trees, a large sandbox, swings, a climber, a stage, and our hobbit house that is surrounded by gardens.
As part of CDC’s mission, we offer financial assistance to families who qualify. Scholarships are limited, and are approved by the board of directors scholarship committee.
PROCESS & ELIGIBILITY:
You must be employed and/or enrolled in school or a job training program (includes local community colleges, technical programs, high school completion, etc.). Undergraduate students with a proven history of low-income attending four-year academic institutions may be eligible. Graduate students are not eligible. You must contact your local Department of Human Services (DHS) to determine your eligibility for their Child Daycare Program as well as Child Care Network (CCN).
Scholarship award amounts will depend upon each applicant’s childcare schedule and fees. Scholarships are designed to pay a portion of the total childcare cost for each child. The parent(s) is expected to pay the remaining portion. A payment must be received prior to awarding the scholarship. Scholarships are paid out every three months to ensure all families have equal opportunity to apply. A reduction of childcare hours will reflect a change in the scholarship awarded. If a family is three (3) months in arrears, attendance will be discontinued until the past due payment is made.
PRESCHOOL SLIDING SCALE:
ELIGIBILITY: Eligibility will be based upon both an income and asset evaluation. To receive financial aid, the applicant must pass the income test and have available assets of less than $20,000. For the purpose of this test, available assets should include all assets with the following exclusions: primary home, second home/vacation home, personal automobiles (one per family member of driving age), personal property (i.e. jewelry, computers, etc.), and retirement savings (401k, IRA, etc.).
LIMITED SPACES: Fees for families with lower incomes are LIMITED and available on a first come first serve basis determined by date of receipt of documentation as well as the needs of the family. The Scholarship Committee reviews every case and determines eligibility.