Early Childhood Center (Preschool)

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.

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.

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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. eachers 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.

Teacher and students playing with blocks

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.

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Explore Our Options

Free to those who qualifyGreat Start Readiness Program
Must be 4 years old by September 1st.


Free to those who qualifyHeadStart
Must be 3 years old by September 1st.



Little Eagles

Must be 3 years By September 1st 


Points of Pride

  • 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! 

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To learn more, contact our Curriculum and Instruction Office at 248-586-8657.

*Important New 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, 2020 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, 2020.  If they become a district resident after June 1, they must submit their intention to enroll by August 1.

Administrator's Corner

Site Supervisor: Heidi Schmidt

 Mrs. 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 heidi.schmidt@ferndaleschools.org.

Extended Care (SACC) Info

Before Care:

7:00 - 8:30 
Per Day  $8
Full Week  $35

After Care:

Per Day  $15
Full Week  $65

Fern & Dale Day Camps

ALL Day Camps are 7:00 am – 6:00 PM

Winter Break: Session 1 December 20-23
Winter Break: Session 2 December 27-30
Mid-Winter Break February 21-25
Spring Break March 28-April 1


Registration is a one-time $40 fee for the entire school year.

Register at SchoolCareWorks

Fun At Home

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Early Childhood Center

2920 Burdette
Ferndale, MI 48220
Phone: 248-586-8820

To protect student safety, Bell Schedules are not posted to our website. 
Please call the building secretary for daily bell information.

Enrollment Secretary: 248-586-8820

PreSchool Administrator

Heidi Schmidt


Sonya Ross

Grant Program Coordinator

Amy Rooney

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Staff Directory


Heidi Schmidt
PreSchool Administrator
Sonya Ross
Amy Rooney
Grant Program Coordinator

Little Eagles

Michelle Austin
Lead Teacher
Brent Grimm
Lead Teacher
Turkessa Joo
Lead Teacher
Hope Bodnar
Little Eagles Associate
Alex Dulgerian
Little Eagles Associate
April Leak
Little Eagles Associate
Kathleen Muszynski
Little Eagles Associate


Erin Jouney
Laura Piacentini
Lead Teacher
Robin Dare

Head Start

Ana Daly
Dana Zawicki
Head Start Teacher
Stacie Manning
Head Start Associate Teacher
Shelby Martin
Head Start Assist.
Pierce Reynolds

Head Start/GSRP Blend

Penny Carrier
Camille Guinn

Special Education

Kc Hammerle
Occupational Therapist
Torre Church
Physical Therapist
Amy Hawtin
Sarah Culpepper
Early On Interventionist
Kristy Hudson
Early On Interventionist
Lisa Owens
Early On Interventionist
Mia Hall
Social Worker
Theresa Dahmer
Speech Pathologist
Marjorie Bresson
Emily Friedman
Rebecah Clark
Jennifer Krycian

Student Services

Mia Hall
Social Worker