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News and Resources – Early Childhood Center

At the Early Childhood Center of Whitmore Lake Public Schools, we believe a huge component of a successful education is being informed! On this page, you’ll find a variety of resources for you to stay current on happenings at ECC, educational tools for parents, and all the required forms and applications for each of our programs.

Program and Enrollment Information

Here you will find information about our individual programs available at the WLPS Early Childhood Center including Head Start & the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), Kids Club, and Tuition Based Enrichment Preschool. You may also complete the enrollment or application process for your child online by clicking the links contained within the menus below.

Grant Programs

The Early Childhood Center offers two free grant programs for students that qualify – Head Start and the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). If you are interested in either of our free programs, please click the button below to visit the Washtenaw Preschool website to complete an interest survey. You will then be contacted by either the site administrator or by Charlie Basham, the Head Start and GSRP Family Service Worker to determine eligibility. If you qualify, you will then set up an appointment to complete an intake interview and provide documentation to verify your eligibility for either program.

If you have any question about these programs, the application process, or how we determine eligibility, please contact Charlie Basham at 734-449-4715 ext. 4001, or

Complete Interest Survey

Please click the buttons below to register for the Tuition-Based Enrichment Preschool Program at WLPS ECC and view our info sheet regarding class options, pricing, and more.

2024-2025 Enrollment

2024-25 Enrichment Registration Information

Kids Club is a Before/Aftercare program available to WLES students. Please click the buttons below to view the Kids Club brochure, the Kids Club Weekly Schedule Request form, and to register online for both new and returning Kids Club students.

Kids Club Brochure

New Student Kids Club Registration

Returning Student Kids Club Registration

Kids Club Weekly Schedule Request


EduCare is a Before/Aftercare program available at our Main Street Campus for students in Preschool through 6th Grade. Please click the buttons below to view the EduCare brochure, find more information on the EduCare program on our Go Like the Wind Montessori website, and to register for EduCare.

EduCare Brochure

Go Like the Wind Montessori Website

EduCare Registration


Early Childhood Center Calendar

See what’s on the horizon at the Early Childhood Center! Check our class schedule for the various ECC programs and see if there are any exciting events on our calendar.

View Calendar

Early Childhood Center PeachJar

Keep up with everything happening at the WL Early Childhood Center and avoid misplaced info by visiting PeachJar. Access important ECC flyers, event information, after school programs, lunch menus, schedules, notes from the Principal, and more, in one easy place. Click below to view flyers and sign-up for programs online!


Learn More with Our Program Handbook

Our Program Handbook details our policies and procedures at the WLPS Early Childhood Center regarding attendance, health and safety, parent involvement and communication, classroom activities, and more.

ECSE & Enrichment Tuition Handbook 2023

GSRP & Head Start Handbook 2023


Photo of Sue Wanamaker, Early Childhood Center Director.

A Message from Our Director, Sue Wanamaker

Dear Families and Community Members,

Welcome to the nationally accredited Whitmore Lake Public Schools Early Childhood Center (ECC)! We serve over 100 children ages 0-5 years in free and tuition-based full and half day programs and playgroups as well as wrap-around childcare! Here at the ECC, we offer all of our programs and services under one roof in order to meet the developmental needs of each child. We also offer the following to our families:

  • Classrooms staffed with certified teachers and assistant teachers.
  • Parent resources, educational workshops, and informational materials.
  • Seamless transitions to kindergarten.
  • Well equipped classrooms with a variety of materials and supplies.
  • Early childhood speech pathologist and occupational and physical therapists located on site for individual and/or group therapy.
  • Developmentally appropriate activities are provided with individualized instruction using The Creative Curriculum tool.
  • Ongoing child assessments using the Ages and Stages screening tool and Teaching Strategies Gold online assessment tool.
  • Implementation district-wide initiatives of Classroom Instruction That Works and Rachel’s Challenge.
  • Classrooms with IPads, Smartboards, and computers.
  • Fenced-in outdoor playground with a variety of play equipment to develop children’s gross motor skills.
  • Indoor gym and gross motor room with climbing structures, bikes, balls, playhouses and a variety of materials to spin, crawl and jump.
  • Early childhood library where children check out books weekly to take home.
  • Sensory room for developing children’s sensory needs.
  • Child-sized restrooms for successful toileting.
  • Themed night events focusing on developing educational readiness skills.
  • Special programs and fun days scheduled throughout the year.

We hope you will join us as we continue to provide high-quality programs for young children.

Please call, email or stop by for a tour!

Sincerely, Sue Wanamaker
Early Childhood Director
734-449-2051 ext. 1000

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