• Paddock’s Early Childhood Center’s emphasis for all children from birth to age five is learning through play. There are many natural experiences through play that lay the foundation for educational experiences in our preschool rooms. In addition to the importance of play-based learning, we also implement Everyday Mathematics and HighScope Curriculum, which balances both teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children’s learning styles and building on their strengths and interests. This curriculum is fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards, state early learning guidelines, and the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. It is our center’s philosophy that all projects done are age appropriate and done authentically by the child. Be sure to recognize your child’s accomplishments and talk about the stages of what they did and brought home to share.

Preschool Programs

  • Come Grow With Us!

    3-4 years old (Preschool Half-Day Only)

    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 9 am - 12 pm
    Thursdays, Fridays 9 am - 12 pm

    3-4 years old (Full Day Program)
    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 7 am - 5:30 pm
    Including breakfast, morning preschool & afternoon childcare.

    Free Preschool for Eligible 4-Year Olds!
    Monday-Thursday, 8:40-3:40pm
    Submit an intake form here, or reach out for assistance!
    Program provided via Michigan's Great Start to Readiness Program

    Preschool Program Informational Flyer
    Preschool Learning Packet

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

  • The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded preschool program that serves families whose circumstances indicate a need for free early childhood education.  Availability of the program is contingent on funding by the Michigan legislature and approval from the Michigan Department of Education.   If you think your child might qualify, complete the form at or call (855) 644-PreK and someone will be in touch with you about the free preschool opportunities that are available.

    Overview of Michigan's Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

    If your child is approved for the GSRP Program, you will receive a verification letter from our director with details on your child attending Paddock's Early Childhood Center.  Below is a list of necessary paperwork that must be turned in before your child may attend preschool.

    • Certified Copy of Child's Birth Certificate or Parent Affidavit
    • Proof of Residency (Gas Bill, Water Bill or Mortgage/Rental Agreement)
    • Proof of Income (Last year's tax form or end of year W-2 form)
    • Child Information Form (Emergency Information Form)
    • Contract for Services
    • Health Acknowledgement and Photo Release Form
    • Health Appraisal Form (signed by a physician)
    • Immunization Record (up-to-date within last year)
    • Complete Application for Free or Reduced Lunch