WELCOME TO THE

Ferndale Early Childhood Center

Early Childhood Center 2920 Burdette Ferndale, MI 48220 Phone 248-586-8820

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

 

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

Tuition-Based

Little Eagles

Must be 3 years by September 1st 

Household Information Survey

If your school family has not filled out the Household Information Survey in MISTAR, please do so.

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Ferndale Schools will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the School Year 2022-2023, which provides a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE each day to all Ferndale Schools students. 

In place of the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application we still need your household to fill out and sign the Household Information Report. This report is critical in determining the amount of money that our school receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc.  So while each student will receive free meals regardless, it is vital to our other programs that all families fill out this form to ensure we do not see a drop in our supplemental funding.

These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:
• Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
• Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
• Professional Learning for staff
• Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
• Technology

We are asking that you please complete and submit this form as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the report submitted is confidential. Without your assistance in completing and returning the attached report, our school cannot maximize the use of available State and Federal funds.

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Board Appoints Mary Fulmer to Fill Trustee Vacancy

Last night the Ferndale Schools Board of Education appointed Mary Fulmer to fill the vacancy on the Board that was created by the resignation of Anna Ibrahim late last month.

Ferndale Schools Board of Education President Sandra Dukhie said, "We had a tremendous pool of candidates for the open Trustee position, and this was a difficult decision for the Board. Mary’s years of volunteerism in the district, her familiarity and dedication to the District’s Strategic Plan as an evolving and working document, and her knowledge and expertise in education and measurable growth data will be instrumental in furthering our District vision and mission. We thank all of the candidates for their commitment to the students of Ferndale Public Schools, and we welcome Mary as our new School Board Trustee!”

"I want to thank the members of the Board of Education for selecting me to serve our community. I also want to thank the other candidates who stepped forward for their commitment and dedication to the FPS.

A capable, competent public school system that provides a high-quality education to all the students in its care is a valued community asset. I have tremendous respect for the work being done by the educators, administrators and support staff of FPS.

Early in my professional career, I worked as a teacher in an adult literacy program in Baltimore, Maryland. Unlike my own positive experiences in K-12 education, my students represented those that the educational system had not served well for any number of reasons, often with far-reaching consequences for those individuals. In the ten years that I have been engaged with the FPS I have been impressed with the district’s commitment to strive for equity and inclusion, efforts that seek to eliminate the reality of some people being left behind by the system like my students in Baltimore were.

This is a challenging time for public education in our country. In these times, and as FPS strives to continue to meet the needs of its students, I am humbled by the opportunity to support our community and serve on the Board of Education," said Mary Fulmer, newly appointed Board of Education Trustee.

Mary Fulmer will serve the remainder of Anna Ibrahim's four year term which will expire in December of 2024.

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Blessings in a Backpack Seeks New Leader

After a long and generous tenure, Lindsay Gonska is retiring from her volunteer position as Lead Coordinator /Chair of the Blessing in a Backpack program after this new school year. The volunteer position is open to all community members.If you are interested or for more information, please email Lindsay at lindsay.gonska@ferndaleschools.org.

One in six kids struggles with food access for the 65 hours they are not at school each week. To ensure the kids in our community have full bellies over the weekend, Blessings in a Backpack sends home weekend meals and extra food on long weekends and breaks. The program is offered nationwide, but we have a local chapter that services students in Ferndale Public Schools. It costs $100 to feed a child for the entire school year during these out-of-school hours. 

To learn more about the program at Blessings in a Backpack.org

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Board Selects Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum As Superintendent

Ferndale Schools Board of Education unanimously (7-0) moved to offer Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum a contract to serve as the district’s next Superintendent on Wednesday.

“The Board of Education was very excited to have such an excellent pool of candidates to select from. I want to thank the community for providing input on what they were looking for in our next leader. This feedback was vital in developing the selection criteria which we used as guidance during the entire selection process.

Based upon our selection criteria, Dr. Hayes Goodrum continually rose to the top of our list at each stage in this process. We are so excited to welcome her to our Ferndale Family; she is the right fit to lead our school community forward," said Sandra Dukhie, President, Ferndale Schools Board of Education.

The selection of Dr. Hayes Goodrum marks the conclusion of an extensive search process. You can learn more about the search process by clicking the link. The Board of Education will now work with Ray and Associates to enter into contract negotiations with Dr. Hayes Goodrum. Once negotiations are complete the contract will be voted on by the Board of Education at a future meeting.

To learn more about Dr. Hayes Goodrum, view her Bio & Resume.

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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

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 Care:

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

After Care:

3:15-6:00
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

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

Register at SchoolCareWorks

Our Administration

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.

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.

Students walking down the hallway, holding hands

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.

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.

mother playing with her children during Family Fun Day