Eligibility for the ODC Network’s Discovery Preschools 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.
Scroll down to view class sessions offered and click on the class to register your child. Please note, registration buttons will not be active until Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 8:00 pm.
*Wrap-around care available for full-day sessions at Little Hawks and Dragonflies Discovery Preschools. Click session for more details or view Fall 2022 Class Information.
A $50 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).
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 also 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. All forms will be emailed in an enrollment packet over the summer and must be turned in before the first day of preschool.
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 2021/22 school year.
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 (W-2 or Tax Form 1040) is required as a part of the application for assistance. 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 preschool class, you must complete our online registration process.
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:
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
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 our programs are located within the boundaries of several public school systems, the ODC Discovery Preschools are programs 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:
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 will schedule public open house times when families are invited to meet our teaching staff and visit the classroom. Open Houses usually occur in the late fall. Dates will be posted on our Facebook page.
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.