Duncan Lake 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.

References for Parents

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.  

FOOD SAFETY

We are a Peanut and Tree Nut Free school. When choosing a peanut free food item for your child’s school lunch box, it is important to ALWAYS check the label on the package to make sure it is free of peanuts and nuts of all kinds.  

Some manufacturers clearly state if a product has peanut or nuts in it while with others, it is almost hidden.  PLEASE READ THE LABELS, each time your purchase.  Do not purchase items with the allergy and ingredient alert such as:

“May Contain Peanut or Tree Nuts”

“Processed on shared equipment with Peanuts or Tree Nuts”

“Manufactured in a plant with Peanut or Tree Nuts”

“Contains Peanut or Tree Nut Ingredients”

Thank you for taking the time to read the labels and discussing the topic of “safe foods” with your child!  Your diligence is keeping an allergic child safe at school.

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.  


 

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 scheduled 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. 

Preschool Enrollment

Early Childhood Center

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

Preschool

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