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 

Diversity Bookfest Brings Together Community

Families and students joined us in the FHS Courtyard this Wednesday for our first annual Diversity Bookfest! Samples of the new books were ready aloud in age-appropriate groups, and tables displayed some of our favorite additions to the school library collections focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. This initiative is made possible with support from the local community as well as our district staff and families. Anita's Kitchen also catered the event.

      

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Early Childhood Students Visit Lower Elementary

FECC students visited Ferndale Lower Elementary this week. They rode a school bus, played on the playground, toured the school, visited in a classroom, heard a story and more.

  

NOTICE: Free/Reduced Lunch in 2022-23

Meals have been free in 2021-22 for ALL students with the support of a COVID waiver, thanks to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This waiver program is expiring. This means that when the 2021-2022 school year ends, so do free meals for every student. This means all families will need to carry a positive balance in their student’s school meal accounts when school begins in the fall.

We understand this change may cause you to worry. However, there are important steps you can take today to be sure your student receives the meals they need next year.

If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals, they can still receive them next year, but you must take action to make it happen.

  1. The 2022-23 online application will be available at www.FerndaleSchools.org/freelunch after July 1, 2022.
  2. You may file the 2021-22 online application now to receive a 30-day extension for the following school year.

If you do not qualify for free or reduced meals, you may begin depositing money into student accounts at any time to prepare for the cost of school lunches next year. Information on meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year will be available soon.

If your student has a negative lunch account balance, we encourage you to pay it off as soon as possible and then begin depositing money into the account to prepare for the 2022-2023 school year.

Completing an application is the only way to be considered for free or reduced meals next school year. For assistance, please contact our Food Service Department at 248-586-8703.

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Curbside and Summer Food Service UPDATE

Our last curbside meal pick-up of the school year will be available on Monday, May 23rd. This is due to the Holiday Schedule and the frequent half days the last week of school. Contact lindsey.torres@ferndaleschools.org with questions.

Summer Meet Up and Eat Up food service will begin serving breakfast and lunch on the dates and locations below:

  • June 20th at the Detroit Curling Club in Martin Road Park, 1615 E Lewiston Ave
  • June 27th at FHS, 881 Pinecrest Dr
  • June 27th at Ferndale Lower Elementary School, 2610 Pinecrest Dr.

View the flyers below for time and location details.

FHS Summer Food Flyer | Lower Elementary Summer Food Flyer | Detroit Curling Club Summer Food Flyer

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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

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    • Memorial Day / No School
      Date: May 30
      Location: All Sites - All Spaces
      Calendar: Ferndale Early Childhood Center Calendar
    • Memorial Day — No School
      Date: May 30
      Location: All Sites - All Spaces
      Calendar: Ferndale Early Childhood Center Calendar

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. 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.

mother playing with her children during Family Fun Day