Registration

Eligibility for Little Hawks Discovery Preschool is determined by the child’s age on September 1st in the year of enrollment. Children must be 3 by September 1st to enroll in 3 year old classes and 4 by September 1st to enroll in 4 year old classes. The program year runs from mid September to late May.

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Forms and Paperwork

Before the start of the school year, parents will be required to complete a Student Information Record and forms related to walking field trips, photos and videos. Additionally, a health appraisal and current immunization record must be provided before preschool begins. Parents will be asked to present an original birth certificate to verify the child’s date of birth. This verification can be completed before the first day of preschool.

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2020/2021 Tuition Rates and Fees

3 Year Old Sessions

T/TH Mornings 8:30-11:00 AM: $1,455

4 Year Old Sessions

M/W/F Mornings 8:30-11:30 AM: $2,195

M/T/W Afternoons 12:30-3:30 PM: $2,195

M/T/W/TH Mornings 8:50-11:50 AM: $2,940

M/T/W/TH Mornings 12:50-3:50 AM: $2,940

3 & 4 Year Old Sessions

M/W/F Mornings 8:30-11:30 AM: $2,195

F Mornings 9:00-11:00 AM: $600

A $25 non-refundable fee is due at the time of online registration. Tuition can be paid in 1 payment before school starts (September), 2 payments by semester (September and January) or in 8 monthly payments (September – April).

Tuition Assistance

Great Start Readiness Program

Tuition free preschool is available for qualifying 4-year-olds in our afternoon 4-day a week sessions through Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP).

Guidelines for qualifying are based on family size and income. Below are the guidelines for the 2020/21 school year.

Family Size

Family Income

2

$43,100

3

$54,300

4

$65,500

5

$76,700

6

$87,900

Scholarships

Scholarships for sessions other than Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program are available for families who qualify through Ready for School, a local non-profit partner, and our own Little Hawks Advisory Group Scholarship Fund. These scholarships can cover up to half of the tuition cost.

Proof of income for 2019 (W-2 or Tax Form 1040) is required as a part of the application for assistance in the 2020/21 year. Attach the required documents to paper applications or upload a copy of the required document when completing the online application form. (Please black out social security numbers for ALL family members on the tax returns.)

NOTE: Application for tuition assistance is NOT a preschool registration. To register your child for a session at Little Hawks Discovery Preschool, you must complete our online registration process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Usually, students spend about half (60-90 minutes) outdoors. Outdoor time includes a daily hike on the ODC property. Teaching staff will consider the weather and adjusts the amount of time accordingly. As a rule, though, the children spend a significant amount of time outdoors everyday, in all weather. Appropriate dress is important; the preschoolers come to school dressed to be outdoors.

Nature based learning can be a messy! For this reason, it is important that your child come dressed for outdoor play. This includes:

  • Clothing that can get messy
  • Layers for changing temperatures
  • Close toed shoes
  • A backpack with spare clothes and inside shoes

Fall and Spring: Rubber boots, coat, rain suit or jacket and pants
Winter: Snow pants, winter coat, waterproof mittens, scarf, wool socks, hat, boots

Many parents order rain gear from www.oakiwear.com

  • Children 3 years old on or before September 1st are eligible to register for the three-year-old sessions.
  • Children 4 years old on or before September 1st are eligible to register the four-year-old sessions.
  • Sessions for three- and four-year olds together are open to children of both ages.

We have a number of rain suits and boots that can be borrowed (yearlong checkout).

Registration for the upcoming year begins in January. The registration is online. The date and time when registration begins will be posted on our website. We will also email this information to parents who have added their name to our contact list. You can add your name to our contact list on our registration page.

We only accept registrations for the upcoming year. However, we maintain a list of parents who are interested in enrolling in future years and notify them of upcoming registration dates. You can add your name to this list on our registration page.

No, although we are located within the boundaries of the Hamilton Community Schools, the Little Hawks Discovery Preschool is a program of the ODC Network. All children from throughout the community are eligible to register regardless of home public school district.

Special education services (for example, speech and language therapy) are provided through the school district where your family resides. Our teaching staff will help facilitate communication with the appropriate special education personnel.

A completed registration form (online) and a non-refundable $25 processing fee is due at the time of online registration.

Before the start of the school year, parents will be required to provide and/or complete:

  • A Student Information Record.
  • Forms for walking field trips, photos and videos.
  • A health appraisal and immunization record.
  • An original birth certificate to verify the child’s date of birth.

Tuition scholarships for the 4 day per week 4 year old sessions are available for qualified families through Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). The Ready for School Holland/Zeeland/Hamilton Initiative has also provided tuition assistance to qualified 3 year old families. Families can also apply for a scholarship from our own Little Hawks Scholarship Fund. Learn More

No, parents are not required to help at the preschool. However, we have a very active volunteer program. Once parents (or other family members) have completed a volunteer profile and a background check has been completed, they are qualified to volunteer in the preschool classroom.

We are unable to accommodate visitors to our preschool when we are in session due to issues of space, safety and privacy. We will schedule open house times when families are invited to meet our teaching staff and visit the classroom.

Yes, snacks are provided each day. Typical snacks include items like fresh fruit and vegetables, pretzels or graham crackers, yogurt, or cereal bars. Milk or water is also served daily.

Absolutely! Our curriculum is active, engaging and appropriate for the growing brain of a preschooler. Each week you will receive a newsletter explaining the learning activities and their connection to preschool learning and school readiness. We use a research-based curriculum, Creative Curriculum, within a framework of nature-based learning. Each child is assessed through observation of behaviors and skills that form the basis for development of a successful learner.