WELCOME TO THE
Ferndale Early Childhood Center
Ages 3 - 5
Ferndale Schools' Early Childhood Center (FECC) is a high-quality preschool servicing children ages two and a half to four and is FREE to Oakland County families who qualify. Our building hosts Ferndale Head Start, The Great Start Readiness Program, our District's Early Childhood Special Education program, and Little Eagles Preschool, our tuition-based program.
Black History Digital Reading Room is OPEN!
Join FECC in our digital Reading Room for storytime! In the reading room, click on any of the book titles to watch and listen to some of our favorite storybooks illustrating Black history, culture, and experience.
Black History Month Resources
February is Black History Month, but we support Black History education and our Black community everyday. Please visit our resource page at FerndaleSchools.org/BHM to find some great ways to show your support and educate yourself. Special activities are going on in our schools this month to honor the legacy of a beautiful culture that has blossomed out of such tragic beginnings.
It's important to remember that Black History month is more than just a highlight reel of Black accomplishments and Black tragedies. As President Obama said in 2016, "We know that this should be more than just a commemoration of particular events. It’s about the lived, shared experience of all African Americans, high and low, famous and obscure, and how those experiences have shaped and challenged and ultimately strengthened America. It’s about taking an unvarnished look at the past so we can create a better future."
School of Choice Enrollment Windows Announced
On Monday, January 23rd, the Board of Education approved the following School of Choice Enrollment windows:
April 1st–April 30th—Oakland County School of Choice
- K: 20 students
- 3rd: 10 students
- 6th: 15 students
- 7th: 15 students
- 8th: 15 students
- FHS 9th: unlimited
- FHS 10th: unlimited
March 10th–September 1st—Oakland, Wayne, Macomb County School of Choice
- UHS 9th-12th: unlimited
Early applications cannot be accepted and will need to be resubmitted during the open enrollment period, in compliance with Michigan State Law.
Donors Chose Ferndale Classrooms on Giving Tuesday
This past week was Giving Tuesday, a focused day of giving following the Thanksgiving holiday when everyone is encouraged to consider donations to community organizations, programs, and individuals in need. Through Donors Choose, teachers are able to request project and materials funding for their classrooms. This year, projects were funded in several Ferndale Schools classrooms, with over $3,000 donated to Ferndale Lower Elementary classrooms alone!
Thank you to everyone who donated this year. You can view past funded projects at the links below, and search Donors Choose for other teachers and classrooms seeking financial support to expand student learning opportunities.
Points of Pride
We are proud of our:
- Warm, nurturing, and experienced staff
- 4-star rating achieved through Great Start to Quality
- Family Field trips
- "Family Matters" Series - parent education opportunities
- New technology upgrades
Growth in Community Collaborations
The Ferndale Early Childhood Center is proudly partnered with a number of community organizations, including:
- Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
- Oakland Schools
- The Department of Human Services and the Pathways to Potential Program
- The Altruist Club of Birmingham
...and we are always looking to build new relationships!
Important State Law on Kindergarten Start Age
Beginning in Fall 2015: The state has changed the kindergarten start age to 5 by September 1. However, any parent who wishes to enroll a child who turns 5 between September 1 and October 1, 2021 may do so. All parents need to do is notify the district in writing of their intent to enroll in the Ferndale Schools before June 1, 2021. If they become a district resident after June 1, they must submit their intention to enroll by August 1.
Before & After Care
7:00 - 8:30
Per Day $8
Full Week $35
Per Day $15
Full Week $65
Fern & Dale Day Camps
ALL Day Camps are 7:00 am – 6:00 PM
Winter Break: Session 1December 20-23
Winter Break: Session 2December 27-30
Mid-Winter BreakFebruary 21-25
Spring BreakMarch 28-April 1
Registration is a one-time $40 fee for the entire school year.
Early Release Wednesday (excluding Â½ days or non-student days)Date: Feb 8Location: All Sites - All SpacesCalendar: Ferndale Early Childhood Center Calendar
Early Release Wednesday (excluding Â½ days or non-student days)Date: Feb 15Location: All Sites - All SpacesCalendar: Ferndale Early Childhood Center Calendar
Site Supervisor: Heidi Schmidt
Heidi Schmidt brings unique experience in working with children and their families with her to Ferndale Early Childhood Center. Most recently, Mrs. Schmidt was the Director of Title Programs and School Improvement for a local charter school district. Prior to that, she has taught kindergarten, right here in Ferndale at Roosevelt Primary, and third and fourth grade, as well as serving as the Director of the Youth and Family Department for a local non-profit organization.
Mrs. Schmidt earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University and her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Marygrove College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, with concentration on the developing learner, from Eastern Michigan University.
"My goal is to provide a learning environment that supports the natural curiosity and developmental needs that every young child has," says Mrs. Schmidt. "Working to develop and maintain a positive relationship between home and the school family is a top priority. I feel honored to be a part of many families first experience with education outside of the home, and believe our responsibility as early childhood educators is to provide high-quality experiences that spark a lifelong love for learning and that directly involve families and the surrounding community."
Mrs. Schmidt invites any family to contact her to learn more about the various early childhood programs that Ferndale Early Childhood Center has to offer. She can be reached at 248-586-8815 or email@example.com.
FECC, where children are part of a school family dedicated to the joy, laughter, love and happiness of every child. A school where children feel safe, included, empowered and heard. Where play is valued as the work of a child and is accepted as the foundation of the learning process. A school where music, movement, art, outdoor classrooms, problem solving, discovery, and social emotional learning are embedded into daily routines. Where each child that comes through our doors joins a community of children, families, and teachers engaged in the joy, work and wonder of childhood. FECC is a school where a child’s natural desire to learn will be activated through developmentally appropriate experiences and the small window, that is childhood, is appreciated and treasured.
A school where teachers understand early child development and focus on educating the whole child; where teachers spend a great deal of time observing their students and establishing meaningful relationships to ensure instruction is delivered in a way that meets the diverse and unique needs of all learners. A professional learning environment that provides teachers with the time and opportunity to collaborate, problem solve and learn from one another. Teachers recognize the importance of a school-family partnership and provide many opportunities to involve and support families in the education of the child and engage in continuous communication from the classroom.
A school where parents are seen as partners in their child’s education and play an important role in creating a school family culture. Where parents are always welcome, valued, supported and heard. Where they are provided opportunities for development and extensive access to wrap-around services and resources.