Challenging and Comprehensive College Preparation
The Early Childhood Center provides a comprehensive curriculum for young children that seeks to educate the whole child by addressing the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of young children in a supportive and nurturing learning environment.  Our goals are to build a solid academic foundation while instilling a true love of learning.  Instruction includes hands on activities and extensive opportunities for higher order thinking, deep knowledge, substantive conversation and connections beyond the classroom.

Homeroom teachers at the Early Childhood Center balance exploration and play with teacher-directed activities in literacy, math, and social studies on a daily basis.  Specialist teachers meet with students on a weekly basis for instruction in library, music, physical education, and science with the addition of Spanish and computer class in Junior Kindergarten.  Art and technology are integrated into the classroom instruction on a regular basis. 
 
Community
Cranbrook strives to build a strong community and this begins at the Early Childhood Center.  Our youngest students have the unique opportunity to use all of our 319 acres to learn about nature, art science and more.  We make great use of our grounds which provide abundant possibilities for bringing curriculum to life.  For example, you will regularly find our students taking a sculpture walk or collecting leaves to learn about the change of season or the wide variety of trees on campus.  Students throughout the ECC make trips to the Cranbrook Institute of Science, Cranbrook Art Museum, Wallace Ice Arena, formal gardens, and walk through the Cranbrook Grounds.

Lunch Program
Lunch at the Early Childhood Center is as much a part of our work with children as what we do in the classrooms, and this important learning process begins with our youngest students. Children enrolled in full day pre-kindergarten, full day junior kindergarten, and senior kindergarten eat the school prepared lunch, and meals are served and eaten family style.

Because lunch is viewed as an extension of the educational day, all teachers and administrators eat with students. This family style approach is unique in the opportunities it offers. We are able to monitor eating and independent food choices. We encourage trying new foods and reinforce good eating habits. Finally, family style meals give us the opportunity to reinforce good table manners and social etiquette to model positive, inclusive conversation. The menu rotates every six weeks and strives to meet or exceed USDA and state mandates for school lunch programs.

All lunches and snacks during the school day are provided by the school and are included in the price of tuition.

Early Drop Off
To support varied family schedules and working parents, before school supervision is provided at no charge. Before school care for pre-kindergarten (three-year-old), junior kindergarten (four-year-old) and senior kindergarten (five-year-old) students begins at 7:45 am in the Multipurpose Room. Parents or older siblings are required to escort pre-kindergarten students to the room for sign-in with a teacher. Children are supervised by four teachers and escorted to their own rooms about 8:10 to begin classes.

Learn More!

To receive more information, including our school brochure and an application, complete the brief on-line inquiry form.

To learn more about the admission process for the Vlasic Early Childhood Center, please visit the Applying page.

Why Lower School?



Pre-Kindergarten Schedule Choices

Monday-Friday: full day
Monday-Friday: half day mornings or half day afternoons

After School

To comply with state regulations for student/teacher ratios, and provide group consistency for our youngest students, parents of pre-kindergarten (three-year-old) and junior kindergarten (four-year-old) students commit to after school care on a contractual basis for the school year. After school care for Pre-K and JK is separate from senior kindergarten through fifth grade. There are three options available for after school care: 2:45 – 4:00 PM, 2:45 – 5:00 PM and 2:45 – 6:00 PM .

FAQs

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. When is the most advantageous time to enter Cranbrook Schools?

    The best time to enter Cranbrook Schools is at the Early Childhood level, because of the number of available spaces. The academic program throughout Cranbrook is comprehensive and challenging, with an articulated curriculum from Pre-kindergarten all the way through twelfth grade. Early Childhood Center programs include: Pre-kindergarten (three-year-olds) with half or full day options, Junior Kindergarten (four-year-olds), with half and full day sessions, and full day senior kindergarten (five-year-olds). Applications are encouraged sometime in the fall prior to the desired year of entry.
  • Q. What are the class sizes and ratios at the Early Childhood Center?

    We are committed to the following ratios:  1:5 at Pre-kindergarten, 1:6 at Junior Kindergarten, and 1:9 at Senior Kindergarten, respectively. Typically the configuration includes:
    • PK: 15 students with 2 teachers and an assistant teacher
    • JK: 18 students with 2 teachers and an assistant teacher
    • SK: 18 students with 2 teachers
  • Q. What curricular approach do you take with young children?

    The Early Childhood Center provides a comprehensive curriculum for young children that seeks to educate the whole child by addressing the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of young children in a supportive and nurturing learning environment. Our goals are to build a solid academic foundation while instilling a true love of learning. Instruction includes hands on activities and extensive opportunities for higher order thinking, deep knowledge, substantive conversation and connections beyond the classroom.
  • Q. What is the birthday cutoff for school enrollment?

    Students applying to the Early Childhood Center must be three, four or five years old by September 1st, to enter Pre-kindergarten, Junior Kindergarten or Senior Kindergarten, respectively.
  • Q. What does the admission process involve for young children?

    Cranbrook is a college preparatory school offering a challenging, comprehensive curriculum for students Pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. Parents applying for their young children are planning a long-term commitment to Cranbrook Schools. The admission process strives to assure a good educational match between the school, parent and child. The process includes a formal application, parent visit and child visit/assessment. A parent accompanies three-year-old visitors. During the admission visit, Junior and Senior Kindergarten applicants also take nationally normed, standardized tests to assist in the selection process.

Cranbrook Schools

·39221 Woodward ·Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
Cranbrook Educational Community admits students and makes its services, activities, and education programs available to students without regard to sex, race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other protected status as required by state or federal law.

Cranbrook Schools is a private college prep boarding school located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, near Detroit, consisting of three schools; an elementary school with a private preschool, a single gender middle school with a distinct boys middle school and girls middle school, along with a co-ed college prep private boarding high school. Cranbrook is regarded as one of the top private schools in Michigan. Many of Cranbrook’s students attend top universities and colleges.

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