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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.

Early Childhood Center Calendar

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.

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Early Childhood PeachJar

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!


Brochures, Applications, and Required Forms

There are a number of forms and applications required for enrollment at the WLPS Early Childhood Center, ranging from health appraisals and photo/video release forms, to student residency questionnaires. We also have brochures for your benefit, to learn more about our individual programs.

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. Both programs also require you to complete a two-step application process, where the information you provide will be screened to determine your possible eligibility for either program. You will then be contacted by either the site administrator or by Charlie Basham, the Head Start and GSRP Family Service Worker. 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 734-449-4464 ext. 4001, or charlie.basham@wlps.net.

Complete Interest Survey

The Enrichment Preschool program will not be open for Fall 2020. To put your name on a waitlist for the program for next semester, please email Charlie Basham at charlie.basham@wlps.net.

Early Childhood Center Calendar

Learn More with Our Program Handbook

Informed parents are better prepared to create an environment at home, in public, and at school for their young learner to flourish. Consult our handbook to learn more about your child’s early cognitive years.

ECC Handbook 2020

Early Childhood Center Calendar

ECC Newsletter

Stay up to date with our Creative Curriculum, class schedule, and more through our newsletter!

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Early Childhood Center Principal

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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