Detroit Moms Blog Ultimate Preschool Guide, 2018

Choosing a preschool, especially for the first time, is not a decision to be made lightly. We know, because we’re moms! The Detroit Moms Blog team members have gone though the preschool selection and enrollment process before. Some of us have been through it many times! We know how overwhelming it can be.
 Our wonderful readers ask us for preschool recommendations on a daily basis, especially during enrollment season. We’re more than happy to share some of the best schools that our area has to offer. Our aim is to  help you and your growing families make the best and most informed preschool decision possible for your children.
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Rainbow Child Care Center

The Rainbow Child Care Center family is dedicated to delivering the best educational practices that exceed their families’ highest expectations. Their schools provide a safe “Home Away from Home” environment that foster the developmental growth of every child. Rainbow Child Care Center’s goal is to provide continuity between home and school. They believe it is important for children to maintain a familiar and comfortable routine that fosters development and learning. A nurturing atmosphere, a structured curriculum, and parents and teachers who work as partners will prepare children for their future academic careers and inspire a love of lifelong learning.

Rainbow offers a variety of age- and developmentally-appropriate early education and child care programs, tailored for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old. Parents receive the option of full- or part-time programs, both of which include a robust curriculum and dynamic activities.

Rainbow schools utilize The Creative Curriculum® as a foundation for the structure of the classroom environment, teacher interactions and child development. The philosophy behind The Creative Curriculum® is that children learn best by engagement and hands-on participation. Each of their classrooms are carefully constructed and designed with age-appropriate toys and sensory activities to ensure every aspect of a Rainbow student’s experience is safe, comfortable and developmentally stimulating. In addition to our core programs, many of our centers provide a Montessori classroom option.

Rainbow provides four additional opportunities for educational enrichment, included in the cost of tuition. Each program is designed for specific age groups to ensure children are engaging in developmentally appropriate activities:, Zoo-phonics®, Ready, Set, Grow! Fit Foundations®, and Language Immersion Spanish.

Rainbow’s goal is to support a culturally diverse environment while providing outstanding educational experiences for children. They believe a diverse educational atmosphere provides opportunities to learn from one another and is essential for developing our future leaders. Rainbow Child Care values diversity of all types, and continuously seek input on creative ways to address the needs of the population at each school. Their classrooms are filled with students who are representative of the communities where we live and work; each school Director immerses him- or herself in the community as a means of understanding needs from the perspectives of the parent, student and their environment.

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Birmingham Public Schools Early Learning

Birmingham Public Schools offer play-based, early learning programs that encourage the development of each child’s unique potential. They are committed to providing a nurturing and secure educational setting for young children, in a safe, age-appropriate, engaging environment with low staff to student ratios. A strong foundation for school success guided by a strong curriculum, enhances cognitive, physical, social-emotional and creative development. Birmingham’s highly-qualified teaching teams understand that all children go through the same stages of development, but each child develops at a different rate. In addition to planning classroom activities based on a comprehensive curriculum, teachers work to build strong relationships with children and families. Staff, children and families, in partnership with the community, learn to value diversity and to foster individuality, self-confidence, love of learning and respect for themselves and others. 

Contact Information

Laura Tinsley, Early Learning Director
[email protected] 

Ferndale Early Childhood Center

Ferndale Early Childhood Center is a high-quality preschool servicing students 33 months and older. FECC has program options to meet the needs of all families; including Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program, tuition-based and Early Childhood Special Education. Implementing the HighScope Curriculum and Reggio Emilia approach, all programs identify play as the foundation of the learning process and provide developmentally appropriate opportunities to activate the child’s natural desire to learn, while fostering both academic and social-emotional growth. The Ferndale Early Childhood Center is a school family that is dedicated to the joy, laughter, love, happiness and success of every child. 

Contact Information

Heidi Schmidt, Site Supervisor
[email protected]

Livonia Little Tots

Livonia Little Tot’s mission is to provide a loving, secure, educational environment for young children and their families, where children can expand their academic and social potentials. Their early learning center maintains a safe, age appropriate, supportive environment where children learn, explore and experience their world. The curriculum encourages the development of the whole child, promotes individuality, self-confidence, respect for self, others and the natural environment. The Little Tots team creates an atmosphere that awakens the love of learning, a place where educators, children, families and parents work together. Programming emphasizes respect, and value for individual differences and cultural diversity. Children and families are supported with individualized assessments, parent education and community engagement. Little Tots incorporates learning through play while developing a sense of wonder, excitement, curiosity and imagination. Employing the highest standards of quality and best practices in early childhood education, Little Tots seeks to model a compassionate, joyful and playful learning community for all enrolled children. 

Contact Information

Beth Cinque, Executive Director
[email protected] 

Academic Gardens

Academic Gardens has been serving southeast Michigan for over 30 years!  Their school is located in a beautiful historic building, in downtown Plymouth. All  staff members agree, children need to learn through a variety of methods and experiences, but most importantly at their own pace.  These principles hold true for all students, those who are advanced and those who need a little extra. They help teach students how to help themselves and take control of their own learning! Their goal is to ensure all of our students enjoy coming to school, making friends, and learning the content areas and special topics they study. They provide part-time or full-time care for 3 year-old, 4-year old, and 5-year old students. Their open-space classrooms and secure, shaded playground area allow us to foster independence within our students, while they learn to navigate rules, social skills, friendships, and literacy. Academic Garden’s mission is to provide a wonderfully enriching preschool experience that challenges and nurtures our young students. They seek to instill a life-long love of learning in everyone who attends their school.

Contact Information

Tiffany Bentley, Director
[email protected] 

The Learning Experience, Farmington Hills

As an Academy of Early Education, The Learning Experience inspires children ages 6 weeks to 8 years to Learn, Play and Grow!  Now enrolling at their Farmington Hills location, call today to schedule a tour (248) 427-0072.  

Sunflowers Christian Preschool

The staff of Sunflowers Christian Preschool promises to provide your child with a safe, Christian-focused curriculum. Their teachers are very proud of their play-based programs. Classes are staffed by three experienced, enthusiastic, and qualified teachers. All teachers have completed First Aid and CPR training. Sunflowers Christian is proud that their school exceeds the standards of licensure by the State of Michigan.

Program registration is a $75 non-refundable registration fee. Tuition for the school year is as follows:*
Three-Year-Olds: $1200/year, payable in monthly payments of $133.34. Church members pay $1080/year, monthly payments of $120.

Four-Year-Olds: $1800/year, payable in montly payments of $200. Church members pay $1620/year, monthly payments of $180.

Optional extended-day is an additional, one-time fee of $250.

Prospective students and parents are welcome to visit. Please call
during school hours to schedule a brief visit: 248-541-0108.

Top Recommended Schools By County

Macomb County

Assumption Nursery School and Toddler Center
Carkenord Head Start
Centerline Early Childhood
Dooley Center Little Learners
Ebeling Preschool
Little Turtle Macomb Preschool 
Macomb County Head Start
Montessori Children’s Academy
Montessori Stepping Stones
Northbrook Early Childhood Academy
Second Home Child Development Center
St. Mary’s Preschool 
St. Peter Lutheran Preschool 
Wee Excel Preschool and Child

Oakland County

Beautiful Savior Early Learning Center
A Children’s Place Montessori
A Growing Place
ABC Early Learning Center
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church
ADAT Shalom Nursery School & Kindergarten
Baldwin Childcare Program
Breakie Bunch Daycare
Brewster Childcare Programs
Building Blocks Preschool
Epic Life Church, Leapfrog Christian Daycare
Foundations for Learning
Four Seasons Preschool
Franklin Christian
Funshine Early Childhood
Hampton Childcare Programs
Harmony Montessori
Lakes Area Montessori
Leggett Dandelions Preschool Childcare
Lowry Center/Oakland University
Northville Presbyterian Preschool
Orchard Hills CARE and GSRP
Patterson Kids Program
Sarah and Irving Pitt Child Development Center
Temple Israel Early Childhood Center
The Montessori Preschool
Ward Preschool 

Wayne County

All Saints Catholic School 
Access Preschool
Belville St. Anthony’s
Bethel East 1 2
Canton – Ford Crossing
Creative Learning Campus Preschool and Daycare
Crestwood Early Head Start
Detroit Waldorf School 
Ecorse Head Start
Ford Memorial – Double Session
Gaudior Academy
Island Kiddie Campus
Little Jungle Learning Center
Nanny’s Nursey School and Daycare Center
Paradigm Care & Enrichment Center 

Various Locations

Brookfield Academy Montessori
Children’s Ark Child Care 
Green Garden Child Development Center


GSRP + Head Start

The Great Start Readiness Program

GSRP is Michigan’s state-funded preschool program. It is designed for four-year-old children with certain factors. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education. GSRP Funding is allocated to each intermediate school district throughout the state, to administer the program locally. Please visit the GSRP website for more information.

Head Start

Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to lower income children and their families. Per the Michigan HeadStart Association, there are 90 Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Michigan. Please click here to find a program in + around Detroit. Income requirements are set by the federal government and change from year to year.





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