Options and opportunity await your child in Dearborn Public Schools

The Early Learning Coalition

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

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

Early Learning Initiatives

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. Schedule of workshops in multiple schools in Dearborn.  View University Schedule

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. Providing a high quality education is the purpose of Dearborn Public Schools. Our commitment to the district’s youngest learners is partnered with families and the community and is respected and valued.

Children must be 4 years of age by December 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.

 View the Young 5 Informational Brochure | Young 5 Arabic Version  |  Call Student Services for more details 313-827-3005

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.

Where: Long  827-6113

Mini-Scholars Pre-School

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. The years before a child enters kindergarten are a time of enormous and rapid development. The success of this development largely depends on the quality of the environment in which the child lives and learns. Dearborn Preschool programs create that environment which is needed for a successful beginning.

Must be 3 by September 1st.
Where: DuVall Elementary 827-2763
Haigh Elementary 827-7394
Long Elementary 827-6113
Snow Elementary 827-6260

Little Scholars Pre-School

The Little Scholar Preschool program emphasizes math, science, and literacy skills. The program is for 4 year old children 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.

Must be 4 by September 1st.
Where: DuVall Elementary 827-2763
Haigh Elementary (afternoon) 827-7394
Long Elementary 827-6113
Snow Elementary 827-6260

All Day Pre-school 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 Long Elementary & Snow Elementary.

Long Elementary 827-6146
Snow Elementary 827-6260

Half Day Preschool

The Half Day Preschool is a mixed age classroom of 3 and 4 year olds. 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 12:00 p.m. 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. 

Haigh Elementary 827-7394

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.

Howe Montessori 827-7686
22586 Ann Arbor Trail, Dearborn Heights, 48127 
Early Childhood Office 18700 Audette, Room 21
Dearborn, MI 48124 827-8350