2016 Education Guide

. January 31, 2016.
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Early Learning Center Preschool

3070 Redwood Dr.
734-973-7722 | elcpreschool.com

Winner of Ann Arbor Family Favorites “Best Preschool,” Early Learning Center believes children learn through play and uses a play-based curriculum. Their philosophy is learning through a play-based curriculum gives kids structure and encourages maximum expression. The NAEYC accredited school is a traditional half-day preschool program, not a daycare or co-op. They are run by a parent board of volunteers so families have an active role in decision making in the program. Each classroom is composed of two teachers with Bachelor’s in Education who team teach and work together to make sure that each child is getting a well-rounded preschool experience.

 

SCORE

1100 N. Main St., Suite 19
734-929-1121 | annarborscore.com

Starting a business or growing your existing business can be daunting. There are so many new things to think about: What is the proper legal structure for my business? How do I obtain funding or apply for a small business loan? What is a business plan? How would I market my business? What taxes do I have to pay? Should I patent my idea? What do I need to know about hiring and paying employees? The nonprofit Ann Arbor chapter of SCORE is your place to start for free advice on all these matters. SCORE volunteers are successful business professionals with expertise in every aspect of starting up, growing, or operating your small business. Mentors work with you on an ongoing basis as new issues arise.  Counseling sessions are held in Ann Arbor and many other locations in Washtenaw, Livingston, Lenawee, and Western Wayne Counties.  SCORE provides free resources, templates, on-line materials and can refer you to other organizations that can assist you. SCORE also offers monthly workshops in Ann Arbor and the surrounding counties and free webinars.

 

St. Paul Lutheran School

495 Earhart Rd.
734-665-0604 | school.stpaulannarbor.org

St. Paul Ann Arbor is one of the premier preschool through 8th grade academic institutions in southeast Michigan. St. Paul opened its doors in 1964, and we have been partnering with families in preparing their children for the future ever since. St. Paul’s integrated curriculum combines foundational academic skills with music and fine arts, foreign language, technology and physical education. Our academic program is rigorous and individualized, with caring, highly experienced certified teachers who work with each learner one on one. Christian love and values are central to all that we do at St. Paul. It is our mission to educate, equip and encourage students for tomorrow and eternity.

 

The Discovery Center

775 S. Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 
734-663-7496 | thediscoverycenterpreschool.com

The Discovery Center is an early childhood program for 2-and-a-half to 5-year-olds that has been serving families in the Ann Arbor area since 1974. With our highly-educated and experienced staff, our modern building designed specifically for our use, and our nurturing, flexible program, we believe the environment created here for young children is ideal. The Discovery Center has been an accredited program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 1993. The Discovery Center provides an environment that encourages each child to approach optimum physical, social, emotional, aesthetic, and intellectual growth. Our programs are based on an open classroom approach with emphasis on a hands-on, experiential environment. The classroom environment encourages each child to explore “discovery centers” set up by the staff and to participate in a full range of activities occurring throughout the day. The program is also enhanced by outside specialists who provide Spanish, music, and storytelling enrichment activities. 

 

Daycroft Montessori

100 Oakland Dr., 734-930-0333
1095 N. Zeeb Rd., 734-662-3335
daycroft.org

A Daycroft education includes the Montessori, student-centered approach and traditional and progressive teaching methods. With two Montessori-certified teachers per classroom along with the individual and group lessons, they nurture the whole child. Their preschool offers a solid foundation with a five day per-week program with full or half day options. At the elementary campus they maintain two teachers in every multi-age classroom, and provide individual and group lessons. Specials include art, music, Spanish/French, technology, and physical education.

 

Dexter Community Schools

734-424-4240 | dexterschools.org

A creative and innovative approach to childhood education and an award-winning high school – that’s what parents can expect for their children when they enroll in Dexter Community Schools. Children aged six weeks to five years start at the Jenkins Early Childhood Learning Center, which moved to a new location and updated and expanded their programs as recently as 2014. Children then progress through a unique elementary school and middle school system that breaks down schools into age groups, allowing students to better focus and interact with their peers. The program culminates at Mill Creek Middle School — named a “School to Watch” by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle School Growth — for grades seven and eight. Students then matriculate to Dexter Community High School, home of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme and numerous Advanced Placement courses, plus award-winning music, athletic, and extracurricular programs. From preschool to high school, Dexter Community Schools makes sure your child will receive the most comprehensive and advanced education available today.

 

TLC Adventure Preschool

1400 W. Stadium Blvd.
734-662-4419 | trinityaa.org/preschool

Come to our TLC Adventure Preschool open house Sunday, March 6th beginning at 3pm. Bring the family, tour the school and meet the staff.  TLC meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-1:30pm and offers both mixed age group and same age small group activities. TLC offers a theme oriented program for children that are two and a half to five years with experienced certified caring staff, and is licensed by the state of Michigan. TLC offers curriculum based learning that focuses on cognitive learning skills, language and communication, social/emotional development, fine and gross motor skills. Daily classroom activities are designed to develop reasoning/decision making, strong value system, positive peer interaction, independent thinking and kindergarten readiness. TLC Adventure Preschool provides a nurturing and caring learning environment that focuses on the whole child. We are always looking for wonderful families to become a part of our preschool.