Free Preschool in Milan

By Miranda Trout

Children who attend a high quality early childhood program a year or two before kindergarten are better prepared for school academically, socially, and emotionally.  Did you know that the Milan Area School District offers a FREE preschool program?  
You may qualify for the  Great Start Readiness Programs if your 4 year old child was born between 9/2/2014 and 12/1/2015.  You may complete an interest form online at or feel free to contact the Milan Area Schools Early Childhood Director, Lisa Mellinger, at 734-439-5159 or by email at mellingerl [at] milanareaschools [dot] org
Our program is play-based learning with a Creative Curriculum foundation.  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 The Creative 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. 
In our preschool classrooms, children are active participants in the process of learning new concepts through individual and group experiences and activities. Each week our lesson plan will link together specific curriculum objectives integrating activities that reflect the children’s interests. The children have opportunities for hands-on experimenting and interactions with classmates, which encourages them to make predictions and experience outcomes in all areas of learning. Through teacher-directed and child-initiated activities, our goal for the children is a relationship-based environment with peers, teachers, and families working together to enhance learning, create friendships, and promote positive outcomes. Children have many opportunities incorporated into their day to support the development of self-help and social skills which are an important component for their transition to kindergarten. 
In addition to the classroom experiences, our preschool students have opportunities to explore our outdoor nature classroom, monthly music class, and the unique opportunity to become acclimated to the elementary school where they will be attending Young 5’s or Kindergarten.

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