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.
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COVID-19 Testing Consent in MISTAR
Parents & Caregivers of Ferndale students can now use MISTAR ParentConnect to provide consent for COVID-19 Antigen Testing.
Vaccines for Children 5+ Now Available
Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for youth aged 5-11 has now been approved. The Oakland County Health Division in partnership with Oakland Schools has multiple school sites that will host pediatric vaccine clinics across Oakland County starting November 8, 2021.
FECC Safety & Health Improvements
Our building has been improved with a new health room (including a private bathroom). This addition was part of the summer Bond-funded construction, which also beautified our reception area and added a secure vestibule to our entryway. Visitors can now be routed directly to the reception area before entering the rest of the building. This multi-stage, remotely locked system includes nearly impenetrable SchoolGuard Glass for state of the art security.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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.
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.