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TCAPS Preschool Programs

About TCAPS Preschools

Licensed all day and half-day programs for children ages 3 to 5 years of age are provided in a safe, nurturing environment. Our facilities include a school library, gymnasium, playground, and cafeteria.

Activities in the preschool programs address each child’s individual developmental needs, with the emphasis on literacy and language development. Children will engage in music instruction,  arts and crafts, creative games, science and nature projects, computers, productive play, and rest. Children will also receive social, physical, emotional, and intellectual stimulation throughout their day.

All TCAPS Preschools Offer:

  • Creative Curriculum, with a focus on literacy and language development
  • Personalized learning unique to each child’s developmental abilities
  • Qualified, caring, and experienced staff
  • Full and half day options

TCAPS preschool programs operate the same calendar and hours as the regular school program.

2018-2019 Preschool Information and Registration

2019-2020 Preschool Registration Information

2019-2020 Registration Timeline

  • February 4-March 24, 2019 - Early Registration - All interested families are invited to sign up during this time. Families who sign up during this registration period and have completed all required forms (including bringing an original birth certificate into the school office or administration building to be copied) will be notified the week of April 15th of their approval/placement status. Placements will be made for registrations completed during this time period as the top priority, maximizing the services provided by the program.** A registration fee of $40 per student will be assessed at a later date. 
     
  • February 9, 2019 - A Preschool Information Fair will be held on Saturday, February 9th, at Eastern Elementary School (1600 Eastern Ave.), from 9:00 a.m. - Noon for families that have questions or need extra assistance with the enrollment process. Translations services will be available. Children are welcome. Families are not required to attend the Fair in order to enroll in a preschool program.
     
  • April 22 - August 1, 2019 - Late Registration - A second registration period will be offered for all interested families. Families who sign up during this registration period will be notified once their enrollment papers have been processed and approved. A registration fee of $50 per student will be assessed at a later date. 
     
  • **Enrollment priority will be granted to those who enroll during the early registration period and are maximizing the services provided by the program. Please note: if your child's schedule is reduced drastically from the original schedule requested during the enrollment process, your child may lose their space in the program. 

Registration Information

Returning Preschool Students

  • Returning preschool families can log directly into the PowerSchool Parent Portal and use their child's current access ID information. Required forms to complete include:
    • Parent signature for parent handbook on registration form
    • Emergency contacts (form 7)
    • Release of Child (form 7.5)
    • Health appraisal form (paper copy completed by doctor)
  • Please Note: PowerSchool online registration does not work on mobile devices (phone, tablet, iPad, etc.). You must use a laptop or desktop computer.

New Preschool Students

Montessori Registration 

  • All schools with the exception of TCAPS Montessori will be participating in online registration. Families interested in Montessori programs should contact the school directly at 933-6420 during the February 4th - March 24th timeframe to enroll their child.

Enrollment Priority

  • Enrollment priority will be granted to those who enroll during the early registration period and are maximizing the services provided by the program. Please note: if your child's schedule is reduced drastically from the original schedule requested during the enrollment process, your child may lose their space in the program. 

Programming Information

Scheduling Options

  • Scheduling options at all locations (including Willow Hill) are: full day and half day - five, three and two days per week.

Tuition Fees

  • Tuition fees have also been reduced for the year to reflect anticipated snow days (and pro-rated for part time enrollees), eliminating snow day credits at the end of the year.

  • PDF DocumentView 2019-2020 Preschool Tuition Fees

Preschool Participation Handbook

More Information or Registration Assistance

  • For more information or registration assistance, including translation, please contact Carrie Sattler at 231.933.1736.

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

DHS childcare reimbursements are also accepted, however, families are required to pay tuition in advance and keep their childcare account paid in full at all times. As DHS reimbursements are received by TCAPS, credits to the childcare account will occur and later appear on the monthly statement families receive at the end of each month.

For additional financial assistance information, please contact the TCAPS Early Childhood Office at 231.933.1759.

Paying Online Through e-Funds

The online preschool registration process is completed through the External LinkPowerSchool (Parent) Public Portal. Before starting the registration process, you will need to have your child's unique PIN number which can be obtained from your child's school office. 

PowerSchool Public Portal Information

E-Funds Information

For additional registration information, contact the Early Childhood office at 231.933.1736 or sattlerca@tcaps.net

Preschool Locations & Contact Information

 

Central Grade School
301 W. Seventh Street
Sarah Hartwig, Manager
231.933.5931
Diane Dillon, Manager
231.933.5930
 
Cherry Knoll Elementary School
1800 Three Mile Road
Carrie Donovan, Manager
231.933.8958 
Lucy Bryce, Manager
231.933.8977
 

Courtade Elementary School
1111 Rasho Road
Catherine Rossan, Manager
231.933.5827

 

Eastern Elementary School
1600 Eastern Avenue
Deb Feaster, Manager
231.933.5641
Julie Brott, Manager
231.933.5640
 
Long Lake Elementary School
7600 N. Long Lake Road
Megan Niezgoda, Manager
231.933.7839
 
Oak Park
301 S. Garfield
Kelly BeVier, Manager
231.933.8665
 
Silver Lake Elementary School
5858 Culver Drive
Shawna Walter, Manager
231.933.3598
 
TCAPS Montessori
at Glenn Loomis

1009 Oak St.
Liz Sievers, School Admin. Asst.
231.933.5860 
Westwoods Elementary School
1500 Fisher Road
Paula Sandtveit, Manager
231.933.7911
Gina McPherson, Manager
231.933.7910
Willow Hill Elementary School
1250 Hill Street
Mary Kolle, Manager
231.933.8561
Diane Rizor, Manager
231.933.8583

 

For More Information

For more information on program locations, fees, or to enroll, please call the Early Childhood Department at 231.933.1736.

Additional Preschool Options

Montessori Toddler & Primary Programs

Toddler Program

TCAPS’ Toddler Montessori program is for children, age 18 – 36 months, and is available at TCAPS Montessori at Glenn Loomis. The Montessori methods of education are used with the goal of helping children to develop character, skills, and education. Activities in the toddler program are designed to nurture and empower each individual child. The program promotes development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation. The holistic curriculum allows the child to experience the joy of learning from a very young age. Visit the Toddler Montessori webpage to learn more.

Primary Program

TCAPS’ Primary Montessori program, designed for children 3 – 5 years of age, is an exciting preschool/kindergarten program that provides children with an integrated Montessori curriculum. The major areas of learning in the Primary Montessori classroom are: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Cultural Studies which encompasses science, art and geography. Visit the Primary Montessori webpage to learn more.