Dearborn Public Schools includes 21 buildings with elementary students and one dedicated early childhood center with preschool programs.  Additional preschool programs operate within other buildings.

All of our elementary schools include dedicated, well-trained staff ready to help your child succeed and excel.  Art and gym are offered throughout the elementary grades. Vocal music is offered to all students, and older elementary students have the opportunity to learn musical  instruments.

More information on specific programs is provided below.

The Early Learning Coalition

The Early Learning Coalition focuses:

  • Healthy families prepared for life
  • School readiness/grade level by the third grade
  • Family independence and success

The coalition’s goal is to provide families with resources that to prepare children to be career & college ready.

Early Learning initiatives include:

Books for Babies – New mothers receive a bag of resources and a first book for their baby from their Dearborn-based pediatrician.

Parent University Interactive parent/child workshops for children from birth to age four. To learn more, view the Parent University page.

Cotter/Great Start Readiness Preschool Program (GSRP)

Dearborn Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program provides a high quality early learning experience for four-year-old students.

Children must be 4 years of age by September 1st of the year of entry, and reside in Dearborn. Students selected for the Great Start Readiness Program must meet guidelines as set forth by Michigan Department of Education (MDE). GSRP Preschool is a free half-day or full-day program for children who qualify for entry according to State of Michigan guidelines.

Visit the Cotter/GSRP website for more information.

Young 5 Kindergarten Program

Children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1st to enroll in kindergarten. Previously, children could be enrolled in kindergarten if they turned 5 years old by December 1st. While this change of a few months may seem small, it can mean a big difference during these early years when children are rapidly growing and developing. Transitional kindergarten is the first year of a two year kindergarten experience for those students who are born between June and December.

Young 5s Kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn in an enriching and academically challenging environment that nurtures their growth. Research shows that children who attend kindergarten readiness programs like Young 5 Kindergarten are more likely to do well in school and attend college.

Many parents who have recognized the benefits of Young 5s Kindergarten have been enrolling their children in similar programs, public and private, for years. This Young 5s Kindergarten will help all of our kids get the best possible start, with curriculum that is designed just for them.

For more details, call Student Services at 313-827-3005.

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Childcare Programs

Kids Club – School age Childcare

Kids Club activities and experiences engage students ages 5-12 in creativity, problem solving, socializing and team building, exercise, skill building and much more. Trained child care providers lead students in:

  • games and activities
  • projects
  • music and movement
  • community involvement activities such as Holidays Around the World and the end of the year picnic, recycling
  • an opportunity to begin homework or other extended learning opportunities

Visit the program page for more information

Tuition Based Preschool

Wee Scholars Pre-School – A Program for Toddlers and Parents Together!

The Wee scholars provides an opportunity for children 18 months and older with their parents to participate in activities. We include sensory and social experiences, learning games, music, movement and even take-home activities. This one hour program meets once per week for 6 week sessions throughout the year at DuVall Elementary.  To learn more, call the school at (313) 827-2763.

Mini-Scholars PreSchool

For more than two decades, the Dearborn Public Schools have provided our community with one of the area’s finest Developmental Preschool programs. Dearborn Developmental Preschools are educationally based, developmentally appropriate, and designed especially for three-year-olds. Teachers are highly qualified and the developmental curriculum and teaching strategies are ideal for young children. The stress-free learning environment that it provides is full of new and exciting opportunities. It offers preschool students a growth-filled experience and nurtures a zest for future learning.

Children must be 3 by September 1st.  Locations include:

  • DuVall Elementary (313) 827-2763
  • Lindbergh Elementary (313) 827-7630
  • Long Elementary (313) 827-6113

Little Scholar Preschool

Little Scholar Preschool emphasizes math, science, and literacy skills. The program, for 4 year old children, is offered three times per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) for three hours. It is available at locations listed below. Dearborn Preschool programs create that environment which is needed for a successful beginning.

Children must be 4 by September 1st.  Locations:

  • DuVall Elementary (313) 827-2763
  • Lindbergh Elementary (afternoon) (313) 827-7630
  • Long Elementary (313) 827-6113

All Day Preschool Childcare

This program provides children with the opportunity to explore a variety of materials and activities which foster their development socially, cognitively, emotionally and physically. Activities include art, small and large muscle skills, problem solving, story time, music appreciation and much more. Any children between at the ages of 3 and 5 years of age and toilet learned are eligible for this program. The All Day Preschool is available for all from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily at Snow Elementary at (313) 827-6260.

Half Day Preschool

The Half Day Preschool is a mixed age classroom of 3 and 4 year olds at Haigh Elementary School. This is a center based preschool program which allows children to learn at their own pace. Student arrival begins at 8:00 a.m. and pick up is at noon. The centers include early math, science and literacy concepts as well as music and movement. You must reserve at least 3 half days per week.  For more information, call Lindbergh Elementary at (313) 827-7630.

Montessori Preschool

The Dearborn Montessori Preschool is an academic program that educates the whole child; socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. The Montessori method uses a “prepared environment”. Its structure involves many materials used independently. The teacher acts as the facilitator, the child as the active learner. This is the core of Montessori’s educational philosophy. Preschool is open to children who are 3 or 4 years old by September 1.

Montessori Preschool is offered at Howe Elementary, 22586 Ann Arbor Trail, Dearborn Heights, 48127. Call (313) 827-7686.