Preschool

Duncan Lake Early Childhood Center Preschool 

Preschool is offered for children three and four years of age at Duncan Lake Early Childhood Center (DLECC). This is a tuition-based program and children attend two or three half days per week. Extended and full day options are available for four-year-olds to prepare them for full-day Kindergarten.  Our preschool uses the Connect4Learning curriculum and Seesaw online platform. The curriculum is aligned to the Caledonia Community Schools (CCS) Kindergarten curriculum and focuses on literacy, math, science, and social-emotional development.

All families in the Caledonia school district and the surrounding communities are invited to apply.

Returning DLECC Families

If you are returning for a second year, or if you had an older sibling that attended our school (Preschool or Young Fives), you are invited to begin enrolling early! 

        Apply Online

 

New Families

[Link will be posted here on 2/1/22 at noon]

 

Would you like an enrollment reminder?

If you would like a reminder email to apply for preschool, please click here.

What are the class times and tuition costs?

Please review our enrollment flyer for the schedule and tuition.

What information do I need to collect before I start the application?

The initial application can be completed online without any attachments or documents. The application will ask you to rank your preferred classroom placement and enter your contact information. Simple & quick! The online application will save your spot in line for registration while you complete the forms and submit the enrollment fee.

What is the next step after I submit the application?

Step 1: Application (linked above)

Step 2: Enrollment forms (link will be provided once you complete the application)

Step 3: You will receive a confirmation email with an invite to join a roster or a waitlist. This will arrive in 3-5 business days.

Step 4: Enrollment Fee - if we have an immediate opening, we will add an invoice into your Brightwheel account.

Step 5: Before school starts in the fall, please submit your completed Health Appraisal. 

How do I know if I have a spot on the roster?

Within 3-5 business days you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to secure your spot on either a classroom roster or on a waitlist. If we are able to offer you a spot right away, then an invoice will be added to your Brightwheel account for the $75 enrollment fee ($100/family). If we need to add you to a waitlist, then you can join the list at no charge.

What hard copies do I need to turn in?

Before the first day of school, all students are required to submit a Health Appraisal (signed by a Doctor & dated Oct. 2021 - Sep. 2022). This can be scanned and emailed to brownj@calschools.org

 

Please join us on Monday January 31, 2022 from 6:00PM - 7:30PM for our Preschool Open House.

The whole family is welcome -- especially our future students! We are looking forward to the opportunity to show you our classrooms and for you to meet our wonderful staff.

Online enrollment for our new preschool families will open on February 1 at noon.

Preschool Enrollment Open House Flyer 2022/23

Preschool Schedule & Tuition 2022/23

2022-2023 Schedule Options & Tuition

 

Would you like an enrollment reminder?

Enrollment opens for new families on 2/1/22. If you would like a reminder email to apply for preschool, please click here.

First day of Preschool 2022

September TBD

Enrollment Fee

The enrollment fee is $75/student or $100/family. An invoice will be posted in your family's Brightwheel account and the payment will be processed online. We will only collect an enrollment fee if we can offer you a confirmed spot on the roster. If the class you selected is full, you are welcome to join the waitlist at no charge. If an opening becomes available, then we will contact you to collect your enrollment fee to confirm your spot. 

Tuition Payments

9 monthly payments due the 1st of every month, September to May. Please remember to register for autopay by August 15.

 

 

Contact Us With Any Questions Or Concerns.

The enrollment fee is $75/student or $100/family. An invoice will be posted in your family's Brightwheel account and the payment will be processed online. We will only collect an enrollment fee if we can offer you a confirmed spot on the roster. If the class you selected is full, you are welcome to join the waitlist at no charge. If an opening becomes available, then we will contact you to collect your enrollment fee to confirm your spot. 

General Questions

What is the school calendar?

The DLECC Preschool calendar follows the Caledonia Community School district calendar for the majority of the year. Any differences that are specific to preschool, such as the start and end date and half day schedule, will be shared in August with all preschool families.\

Will my child bring a snack?

All students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school each day.  Parents provide lunch and snacks dependent on the class schedule.  

Full day:  Lunch and Snack

Extended Day:  Lunch 

Half Day:  No snack 

Are there classroom parties?

Yes. We host classroom holiday parties for Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Parents are invited to attend parties to volunteer to help run games or they can help at home by planning crafts and preparing snacks. 

Does my child have to be potty trained?

Yes, your child must be potty trained to attend Duncan Lake Preschool. We ask that parents provide a change of clothing that is kept in their child’s backpack in case accidents happen when at school.

Will there be an opportunity in the fall for my child to see their classroom?

We anticipate holding small group tours of the building before school begins in the fall. 

 

Parent Involvement  

How can I be involved in my child’s school?

Parents are invited to participate in various ways, such as volunteering in the classroom or at special events, supplying items for classroom activities or parties, or joining our school PTO.  The PTO meets to discuss ways to give support to the ECC programming and plan special events throughout the year. 

How will I communicate with my child’s teacher?

We value ongoing communication with parents.  Parents have many methods of communicating with teachers,  including Brightwheel messaging, email, telephone, and in person at drop off/pick up.  

Do teachers hold parent/teacher conferences?

Yes.  Parents have an opportunity in November and March to meet  with their child’s teacher to discuss goals and celebrate their child’s achievements.  Teachers complete a student progress report three times per year which is shared with parents.

Curriculum

Which curriculum does Duncan Lake Preschool use?

Our classrooms use Connect4Learning.  This curriculum uses a combination of Social/Emotional, Science, Math,  and Literacy based objectives to prepare students for their experience in kindergarten.

How will I know what my child is learning in the classroom?

Teachers provide a monthly newsletter to keep parents informed of classroom events.  Newsletters include details about themes, activities and special events in the classroom.  Teachers also maintain a virtual classroom via Seesaw in which children and families can participate in activities at home.  

Health and Safety

What steps are you taking for safety related to COVID-19 procedures?

We are follow the same guidelines as Caledonia Community Schools. For the latest updates, please refer to the home page of our website. The current DLECC Preschool preventative procedures include sanitizing surfaces and equipment between classes, frequent handwashing, and other best practice procedures as described by the CCS website. Our building Health and Safety paraprofessional monitors attendance due to illness and follows communication and reporting procedures that are required by the Kent County Health Department.  


 

References for Parents

We are still accepting mid-year applications for families that would like to join us September 2021 to May 2022. 

 

SCHEDULE OPTIONS & TUITION

Duncan Lake Preschool 2021/2022 Schedule & Tuition REV 5/20/2021

 

STEP ONE: COMPLETE YOUR PRESCHOOL APPLICATION

Save your spot in line in your preferred classroom section. You do not need to submit any documentation during the application process. Rostered spots will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis using a timestamp collected in your application. 

2021/22 PRESCHOOL APPLICATION

 

STEP TWO: WAIT FOR YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL

After completing your online application, look for a confirmation email to arrive within 2-5 business days during the school year (September - May) with the next steps.

Your confirmation email will contain an invitation to join Brightwheel or to add your child to your existing account with us. Our preschool uses a website called Brightwheel for enrollment documents, communication, and billing. All of the links will be provided to you and the forms can be filled out online, making this a simple and streamlined process for our families. 

STEP THREE: HEALTH APPRAISAL

Before we can schedule your first day of school, we need to have a Health Appraisal signed by your child's physician. This can be downloaded here and dropped off in the school office.

ENROLLMENT FEE

The enrollment fee is $75/student or $100/family. An invoice will be posted in your family's Brightwheel account and the payment will be processed online. We will only collect an enrollment fee if we can offer you a confirmed spot on the roster. If the class you selected is full, you are welcome to join the waitlist at no charge. If an opening becomes available, then we will contact you to collect your enrollment fee to confirm your spot. 

QUESTIONS?

Please reach out! We would love to talk with you. We are in the office Monday-Friday, 8AM - 3:30PM. You are welcome to call us at 616-891-6220 or you can send a message to our office. Summer hours may vary.

Classroom Assignments

We use the Brightwheel app to communicate with our families and as our contactless check in/out for students. Teacher announcements will be shared within Brightwheel in mid August. Please make sure your Brightwheel account has a current email address for your family and be sure to download the app by August 1st. Your child’s teacher will also be sending you communication to welcome you and your child to school. 

Additional event dates during the school year are TBD and will be posted here at a later date. Please refer to the Caledonia Community Schools district calendar for schedule holidays and breaks. If Caledonia is closed for the day or if they have a half day, Preschool will not be in session.

 

BRIGHTWHEEL

Classroom teacher assignments are shared in your Brightwheel account.

MONTHLY TUITION PAYMENTS

Please make sure you have signed up for AUTOPAY in Brightwheel by the end of August. The first tuition payment is due on 9/1.

PRESCHOOL PICK UP AND DROP OFF

Please review our Pick up and drop off map for important changes for this school year

CHECKING IN/OUT WITH BRIGHTWHEEL

Please watch this helpful video created by our staff:

 

There are certain days built into the preschool calendar that are predetermined days off (professional development, holidays, etc.) and are not made up. 

School closings and delays are made to assure the safety of children.  You must make your own judgment about driving in hazardous weather situations.  If bad weather begins and you wish to pick your child up early, please feel free to do so.  The decision to close because of snow or other emergency is in accordance with the Caledonia Community Schools. 

School closings are communicated on local radio and TV stationsYou can sign up for text alerts through Wood TV 8. 

In the event of snow or other emergency, please note the following:

  • If Caledonia Community Schools are closed, DLECC will be closed, please note there will be no make up for days we have to close.
  • If Caledonia Community Schools are delayed 2 hours, there will be NO a.m. preschool, however, afternoon preschool will run their regular schedule.
  • If Caledonia Community Schools are delayed 2 hours, extended day preschool or all day preschool will begin session at 11:00 a.m., with an abbreviated day ending at regular dismissal times.
  • If Caledonia Community Schools close early due to snow or other emergency, DLECC will close early. Parents will be contacted.

 

Programs & Services

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded free preschool program for qualifying four-year-old children. Families qualify based on income and other factors. Please visit the GSRP website to learn more about eligibility & locations. 

Early Childhood Center

9751 Duncan Lake Ave
Caledonia, MI 49316
Phone: 616-891-6220
Fax: 616-891-6229

Preschool

Meredith Baker
Paraprofessional
Nicole Bode
Paraprofessional
Pamela Dahlberg
Paraprofessional
Stephanie Dykgraaf
Paraprofessional
Melanie Tilma
Paraprofessional
Ashley Johnson
Teacher
Trisha Scott
Teacher
Robin Trocinski
Teacher
Christina White
Teacher