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Preschool Programs (Tuition based)

Young children learn most effectively when they are engaged in an environment where teacher-child, child-child, and child-material interactions are all at high levels. Learning is seen as an active process where knowledge is constructed as well as acquired. Young children should be doing what best serves their development in the long term.

As part of the Michigan Quality Rating System we have chosen to use the HighScope approach for our curriculum and the Child Observation Record (COR) as our assessment.  

HighScope Information for Parents

Child Observation Record (COR) Assessment Tool

These are researched and validated systems in wide use throughout the country.  The curriculum and instructional strategies are based on developmentally appropriate practice for young children. These strategies provide a balance of child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities, which enhances the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of each child. The curriculum is based upon emerging abilities in young children and is responsive to the differences in their levels of development.

The staff believes in a warm, nurturing environment that provides children physical and psychological safety. Teachers and parents working as a team provide the learning experiences and models, fostering positive attitudes and dispositions toward learning.

From the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Position Statement: 

A curriculum that draws on re­search assists teachers in identifying important concepts and skills as well as effective methods for fostering children’s learning and develop­ment. When informed by teachers’ knowledge of individual children, a well-articulated cur­riculum guides teachers so they can provide children with experiences that foster growth across a broad range of developmental and con­tent areas. A curriculum also helps ensure that the teacher is intentional in planning a daily schedule that (a) maximizes children’s learning through effective use of time, materials used for play, self-initiated learning, and creative expres­sion as well as (b) offers opportunities for chil­dren to learn individually and in groups accord­ing to their developmental needs and interests.

Three, Four, and Five Year Olds

Preschool classes provide "hands-on" experiences such as:

  • Art exploration
  • Music and movement
  • Science and nature study
  • Oral language development
  • Alphabetic principles
  • Counting and number recognition
  • Large and small muscle development
  • Shared reading and writing

Children are encouraged to develop positive social habits such as:

  • Sharing
  • Good manners
  • Self Control
  • Recognizing the rights of others
  • Learning to adapt to group situations
  • Making new friends

Kindergarten Ready

The HighScope curriculum has been developed to provide developmentally appropriate Kindergarten readiness skills for children.  The preschool teachers collaborative with the South Lyon School District and Kindergarten teachers to keep our program in line with district requirements.  


Preschool classes are taught by certified teachers with an assistant. Parents are welcome to work in the classroom.

Class Size

Classes are limited to 18 children in 4-year old classes and 16 in the 3-year old class.


In Parent-Tot classes, for children 2 to 3 1/2, parents and children learn to explore the beauty of art, the joy of story telling, positive socialization and healthy physical activities all led by an experienced teacher. Classes are limited to 12 children.

Developmental Screening 

We encourage parents registered in our program to complete the Brooks Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) to check their child’s development.  Professionals rely on ASQ for the best developmental and social-emotional screening for children from one month to 5 ½ years. Highly reliable and valid, ASQ looks at strengths and trouble spots and incorporates parents’ expert knowledge about their children.

After completing the ASQ the results will be provided to the preschool program.  Your child's classroom teacher will be able to meet provide you with scores from the questionnaire.  Scores beneath the cutoff points indicate a need for further assessment; scores near the cutoff points call for discussion and monitoring; and scores above the cutoff suggest the child is on track developmentally.


ECC Phone Numbers
Office 248-573-8330
Office Email
Classroom One 248-573-8333
Classroom Two 248-573-8335
Classroom Three 248-573-8327
Classroom Four 248-573-8329
Classroom Five 248-573-8328
Classroom Six 248-573-8331
Classroom Seven 248-573-8332
Classroom Eight 248-573-8326
Classroom Nine 248-573-8342
Classroom Ten 248-573-8343
Classroom Eleven 248-573-8344

Satellite Programs
Dolsen Tuition Preschool (Nagl) 248-573-8321
Kent Lake Tuition Preschool (Novak) 248-573-8322
South Lyon East GSRP Prescshool (Wilhelm) 248-573-8324