Preschool

2023-2024 Preschool Programs

PDF Document23-24 Preschool Programs

PDF Document23-24 Preschool Handbook

Wayland Union Schools will offer both 3 and 4 year old preschool for the 2023-2024 school year at Baker and Dorr Elementary Schools. Tuition programs will be offered in both half day and extended day for 4 year olds and half days for three year olds. 

Online registration for the 2023-2024 school year will begin on Monday, February 27, 2023 at 9:00am. At that time a link to a pre-admission form will be placed on the homepage of the district website at www.waylandunion.org and on the Preschool page. This will not enroll your child but hold your spot in line or allow us to collect information to place your child on a waitlist.

**Current preschool families and WUS district families/staff will be sent an email with the pre-admission link in early February. Priority will be given to in-district families prior to February 27, 2023.

Save the Date!  Preschool Parent Information Nights

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023, Baker Elementary School, 6:30-7:30 pm

  • Thursday, February 2, 2023, Dorr Elementary School, 6:30-7:30 pm

  • Parents only please, an open house will be available in late summer

  • Learn more about our tuition and free preschool options

2023-2024 Preschool Schedule & Rates

Dorr Elementary Programs:

  • 4 year old Half Day AM (Mon, Wed, Fri) 9:05am - 11:45am
  • 4 year old Half Day PM (Mon, Wed, Fri) 12:30pm - 3:15pm
  • 3 year old Half Day AM (Tue, Thu) 9:05am - 11:45am
  • 3 year old Half Day PM (Tue, Thu) 12:30pm - 3:15pm

Baker Elementary Programs:

  • 4 year old Extended Day 3 Day (Mon, Wed, Fri) 9:05am - 3:20pm
  • 4 year old Extended Day 2 Day (Tue, Thu) 9:05am - 3:20pm
  • 4 year old Half Day AM (Mon, Wed, Fri) 9:05am - 11:45am
  • 4 year old Half Day PM (Mon, Wed, Fri) 12:30pm - 3:15pm
  • 3 year old Half Day AM (Tue, Thu) 9:05am - 11:45am
  • 3 year old Half Day PM (Tue, Thu) 12:30pm - 3:15pm

Preschool Rates:

  • 3 yr. old Half Day $110/month (in-district*) $125/month (non-district)
  • 4 yr. old Half Day $150/month (in-district*) $165/month (non-district)
  • 4 yr. old Extended Day 2 Days $190/month (in-district*) $210 (non-district)
  • 4 yr. old Extended Day 3 Days $280/month (in-district*) $310 (non-district)

*In-district prices reflect the use of Gun Lake Casino revenue in-lieu of taxes reducing in-district pricing.

Requirements

Enrollment in our preschool requires that a child meet age requirements, which means the child needs to be either 3 or 4 by September 1st, 2023.  All children must be toilet trained to attend our school.  

Enrollment Fee

A non-refundable enrollment fee of $75 for one child or $100 for two children is due upon registration. An invoice will be posted in your family's Brightwheel account and the payment will be processed online. We will only collect an enrollment fee if we can offer you a confirmed spot on the roster and will be applied to your first monthly payment. If the class you selected is full, you are welcome to join the waitlist at no charge. If an opening becomes available, then we will contact you to collect your enrollment fee to confirm your spot. 

General Questions

What is the school calendar?

WUS preschools will begin the week of September 4, 2023 (after Labor Day) and end the week before Memorial Day, 2024.  Scheduled breaks will follow the same as Wayland Union Schools for holidays and professional development days.

Will my child bring a snack?

Yes, all students are encouraged to provide a snack. For extended day students, parents may pack a lunch or purchase a hot lunch from food service. 

Does my child have to be potty trained?

Yes, your child must be toilet trained to attend WUS Preschool. We ask that parents provide a change of clothing that is kept in their child's backpack in case accidents happen while at school. 

What is the curriculum?

The Preschool program is based on creating a “developmentally appropriate curriculum” for every student, both individually and in a group setting. We use the Handwriting without Tears curriculum to teach early literacy skills. A developmentally appropriate curriculum is one in which play, exploration, and socialization are an important part of the learning process.  While the children are playing and exploring, we will be working on shapes, colors, numbers, number relationships, social skills, name recognition, letter formation, pre-reading, pre-writing, etc. Preschool is an important opportunity for your child to develop positive attitudes about school.   

Will my child be able to visit the classroom before school starts?

Yes, an Open House will be scheduled in late August for both your and your  child to visit the classroom and meet the teacher.

Baker Elementary Preschool
507 W. Sycamore Street
Wayland, MI 49348
269-792-9208

Dorr Elementary Preschool
4159 18th Street
Dorr, MI 49323
616-681-9637