We are open year round Monday through Friday from 7am until 6pm.
We are not open weekends or most major holidays (Christmas-New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, etc.) and closed for one week in August for teacher training.
Foundations Preschool uses a three-prong approach:
Our teachers use the internationally recognized HighScope Early Education curriculum in a child-centered, experiential environment.
We provide on-going social and academic intervention services to address developmental delays that may impede future learning.
We focus on parent participation. We recognize parents as a child’s “first teacher” and we work to equip Foundations Preschool parents with support services that add stability to the family unit, while also helping parents to effectively reinforce the academic and social skills developed in school.
While in our care, children receive individualized attention from a highly trained and educated staff in small classroom settings (1:8 teacher-student ratio).
Each child is provided a free, nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack.
At Foundations Preschool, our program is the most affordable high quality program in Washtenaw County. Foundations Preschool follows the HighScope curriculum and holds NAEYC accreditation, a privilege that only 4% of all childcare centers in the state of Michigan have attained.
Our lead teachers have Bachelors degrees or higher. Our associate teachers hold a CDA or higher in early childhood education. The teaching staff is supported by a Program Director, Social Worker, and our Executive Director.
At Foundations Preschool, our teachers provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment to help children acquire pre-literacy, pre-math, language and social skills. This is accomplished using fun, interactive focus areas designed to engage the children.
Foundations Preschool strongly believes that in order for the child to make academic and social/emotional gains, there needs to be a home/school partnership. Foundations Preschool’s teachers are instrumental in making this connection. Twice per year, our teachers hold parent/teacher conferences. During these conferences, teachers and parents discuss the children’s growth, areas that still need to be developed, and what can be done at home to reinforce what is being done in the classroom.
Twice per year, our teachers hold parent/teacher conferences. During these conferences, teachers and parents discuss the children’s growth, areas that still need to be developed, and what can be done at home to reinforce what is being done in the classroom.
Teachers also make two home visits per year to all homes of the children in the 4-year-old program. The focuses of these visits are to reinforce the concept of the parent/teacher educational team, build a personal relationship with the family, and to make the child feel special.
Social Work Intervention: Foundations Preschool has a part-time social worker whose role is to support the teachers, students and parents; coordinate with the Program Director and Executive Director to create relevant family outreach and educational programming; and participate in on-going quality assurance and program evaluation.
Speech Therapist: For two hours each week Foundations Preschool’s speech and language therapist comes to Foundations Preschool to assess language and provide speech therapy for identified children.
- Foundations Preschool offers monthly parent workshops that focus on early childhood education, parenting skills, financial literacy, and other interesting and helpful topics.
- We provide monthly bi-lingual newsletters to provide helpful information on our programs, ideas for home activities, and upcoming events.
- Help with family emergencies (such as food, clothing, etc.) is available as are referrals to our partnering non-profit agencies.