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Do you need help with day care for your infants and toddlers? The Little Eagles Child Care program is expanding to meet the needs of Ferndale families.

Pauline Nagle, Coordinator of Elementary Instruction for Ferndale Public Schools (FPS) is “extremely excited to bring this program and service to Ferndale.”

The new Little Eagles Child Care and Preschool program is a tuition-based program created for children ages six weeks to five years. Currently, FPS offers a free or low-cost preschool program that is made possible through grant funds. “This new program is an expansion of the existing program by adding an infant room, toddler room and increasing the preschool options to five half or full days” said Nagle.

“By providing a service for families that do not qualify for grant-funded programs, we can support early learning development and introduce the high-quality service that Ferndale provides to families before their children become school-aged” said Nagle.

Early childhood education is a great entry point for students, allowing young children a seamless transition into school. This program allows FPS to teach children at an early age. The program aims to keep families as students through kindergarten and beyond. It also aims to help students enter school kindergarten-ready.

This convenient, safe, and high-quality program will be available to all FPS residents and staff. Families outside of the school district will also be eligible for enrollment. Little Eagles Child Care and Preschool program will be divided into three classrooms: infant care, toddler care, and preschool to kindergarten age. Parents can choose a nine-hour or eleven-hour schedule for infant or toddler care. Parents also have the option of two, three or five day per week care.

The center will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 A.M. until 6:00 P.M. with before- and after-school child care available.

The program will operate in the Harding Administration Building where the current, half-day preschool program is located. The remodeling of the infant and toddler rooms will occur during the summer break. The program boasts “large spaces for play and low child-to-staff ratios, and a nurturing and caring environment with warm and friendly staff,” Nagle stated.

In the future, the program will seek accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). According to NAEYC.org: “NAEYC strives to raise the quality of education for all children from birth through age eight. Accreditation systems are a major part of NAEYC’s efforts to improve early childhood education; they allow programs to provide the best learning experiences for young children and their educators by meeting national standards of quality.”

“Our philosophy focuses on brain development and learning with the individual child in mind,” Nagle said.

Little Eagles Child Care and Preschool program opens this fall. Enrollment will begin in the next few weeks. “Parents will be able to choose school year calendars or year-round schedules for service when they enroll.”

“We are thrilled to see beautiful babies and wonderful children grow into successful students, exiting any of our preschool programs whether it is Little Eagles, Head Start or Great Start Readiness, ready for kindergarten. We hope to meet and greet many new families in the near future.” Nagle concluded.

Little Eagles is planning to host an information night the week of June 16. All information will be posted on their web-site at www.ferndaleschools.org.

Inquiries can be made to Christine Karow via e-mail at ckarow@ferndaleschools.org or by phone at 248.586.8657. If you are interested, contact them to be placed on their e-mail list for updates.

Photos ©2014 Bernie Laframboise

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