REGISTRATION & SCHEDULING
Nature Preschool offers 3- and 4-year old children a high quality learning environment that meets their developmental needs while initiating them into a life-long, meaningful relationship with the natural world. This program provides discovery-based learning through play, sensory, gross and fine motor activities and creative expression, using the natural world as a catalyst for children’s growth and development.
Children build their knowledge through their first-hand experiences with nature, classroom materials and their relationships with peers and adults. The HighScope® curriculum includes art, music, social and cognitive skill development and natural science exploration. The children regularly hike to wooded areas, ponds, fields and the Homestead Farm. Classrooms are in the LEED Gold Certified Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker Nature Preschool Center and in the Alden B. Dow-designed Nature Study Building.
Please direct questions regarding Nature Preschool to Madison Powell, Nature Preschool Director.
(Note: Child must be 3 or 4 years old by Sept 1, 2020 to be eligible to attend)
Interested families should submit their class preferences online through the Nature Preschool Placement Request Form. Registrations received prior to the placement date will be pooled and children will be placed in sessions by lottery. Registrations received after the placement date will be placed in the order they are received based on availability of sessions.
Space is still available for the 2019-20 school year!
|Tues, Thurs||Morning||3 year olds only|
|Mon, Wed, Fri||Morning||3 & 4 year olds|
|Mon, Tues, Wed||Afternoon||3 & 4 year olds|
|Mon-Thurs||Morning||4 year olds only|
|Mon-Thurs||Afternoon||4 year olds only|
Michigan Great Start to Quality 5-Star Rating
Nature Preschool has consistently earned a 5-star rating, the highest rating possible, on the Michigan Great Start to Quality rating system, effective 2016-18. Of 122 childcare providers in Midland County, only three have received a 5-star rating. Great Start to Quality helps parents find the best early learning settings for their children, and helps providers and educators improve the care they give to children. Providers are evaluated on a 5-star rating system that covers five key areas of quality which include: staff qualifications and professional development, family and community partnerships, administration and management, environment, and curriculum and instruction. Visit greatstarttoquality.org to learn more about the rating system.
Nature Preschool Institute
June 1-4, 2020
8:30 am-4:30 pm
25 SCECHs available (pending approval)
$400 | $320/CNC member
Includes materials, take-home resources, lunches and snacks
Register by May 18, 2020
This four-day workshop will provide preschool educators the information and skills to incorporate nature-based concepts into daily preschool routines while maintaining the integrity of their best practice curriculum. This workshop will be led by Madison Powell, Preschool Director, the team of Nature Preschool teachers and Rachel Larimore, owner of Samara Early Learning.
Address:400 S Badour Rd
Midland, MI 48640
Mon-Sat:8 am-5 pm
Sun & select holidays:12-5 pm
Closed:Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve & New Year's Day
Open daily dawn-to-dark