Celebrating the Week of the Young Child
Celebrating the Week of the Young Child
Posted on 04/13/2018
Preschool students sitting around table using math manipulaives

Early childhood education provides the foundation for a successful academic future. 

The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MIAEYC) is committed to improving the education and well-being of young children.  To increase awareness and promote the importance of early childhood education MIAEYC has dedicated the week of April 16th as Week of the Young Child ™.  

This annual celebration, hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates early learning, young children, their teachers, and families.  

Utica Community School’s Community Education, Early Childhood Programs are offering purple ribbon pins to registered families and other staff members who wish to show their support for early childhood education. 

We believe that providing young children with high-quality early learning opportunities is of the utmost importance and successfully prepares young children for academic success as they traverse through their primary years, into their secondary education and on to their adult futures. This is backed by research and well documented evidence in the field. 

Studies show that children who participate in high quality preschool programs have life-long outcomes,


  • Higher test scores on standardized math testing
  • Less likely to display chronic absenteeism
  • Higher rates of high school completion, college enrollment and even earnings, when compared to students who did not attend a high quality program or had no preschool experience at all

We offer early childhood programming for children as young as six weeks through five years old. All of our early childhood programs promote early learning and socialization through engagement in developmentally appropriate activities that build social, emotional, cognitive, gross and fine motor skills. Every classroom is designed to meet the needs of that particular age group in a safe, comfortable learning environment. 

Our highly qualified teachers utilize “Creative Curriculum”, a research-based curriculum that encompasses a variety of engaging learning strategies and educational benchmarks.  

The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners and become independent, self-confident and inquisitive. We're teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives.  

Teachers use a variety of evaluation and assessment tools to ensure children are ready to move on to the next educational level.  Additionally, all of our early childhood educators must adhere to strict licensing standards and educational requirements set forth by the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Servicing more than 1,500 students each year, Utica Community Schools offers the following early childhood programs, conveniently located within 17 buildings throughout the district, to meet each child and family’s individual needs:

First Playmates- Infant and Toddler Care

Infants and Toddlers (ages 6 weeks to 3 years) receive gentle, nurturing care, and support as they explore and interact with teachers, other children, and discovery activities. This program is offered 7am-6pm, year round.

Full Day Preschool

Full Day Preschool is offered for 3 and 4 year olds at three locations in the school district.

Teachers plan activities and prepare an environment designed to prepare young

children for kindergarten. This program is offered 7am-6pm, year round.

Preschool/Nursery- 3 and 4 year old Part-time Preschool

We offer both morning and afternoon sessions of Preschool for 3 and 4 year old children. Our programs use “Creative Curriculum” (an approved state curriculum) and Michigan Department of Education Standards to help meet Kindergarten readiness skills. Children must be toilet trained.

Montessori- 3 and 4 year old Preschool and Kindergarten

Montessori philosophy guides children’s learning in a nurturing environment. Children learn by manipulating materials, which develop meaningful practical skills and academic knowledge. Creativity, respect, reasonable behavior, self-discipline, and self-motivation are encouraged. Classes are multi-age.

Come Play With Me- Toddlers and Parents

This is a weekly Parent and Toddler class for children 21 months- 3 years old. Classes offer children many different learning options, allowing the children to choose the activities that are most attractive to them. This fosters the child’s self-esteem, nurtures their budding attention span, and allows them to view learning as an active process.

Great Start Readiness Program

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a free preschool program for families that

meet program requirements; including income eligibility guidelines and/or existing risk factors.

Children must be 4 years old on or before December 1st.

To supplement your child's early childhood educational experience, Utica Community Schools Community Education Enrichment Department offers year-long programming including:  Kindergarten Readiness classes, STEAM camps, workshops and other activities for our youngest learners, as well as Kindergarten readiness classes.   

To learn more about our Early Childhood Programs, visit our website atwww.ucscommunityeducation.com/early_childhood.  To register, call 586-797-4660 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.