Lakeland Elementary 616 Buckley Street Elk Rapids, MI 49629 P: 231-264-8289 F: 231-264-6132

Lakeland "Wee" Are ER Preschool

The 2021/22 Program is Full. To be added to our Waitlist, please click here.

Our Preschool provides your young learner with a well-rounded educational experience to prepare them for future academic settings and life. A child must be 3 years of age and fully toilet trained to enroll in the program and is available to children through age 5.

The  Preschool  program utilizes research based The Creative Curriculum®for Preschool program to guide the  children through a fun-filled, productive school year. This ​is a comprehensive, scientifically based early childhood curriculum that has been shown to improve cognitive and social/emotional outcomes in young children. 

The Creative Curriculum® balances both ​teacher-directed and child-initiated learning, with an emphasis on responding to children's learning styles and building on their strengths and interests.

We use "Teaching Strategies Gold"​​ as our assessment tool and have earned 3 Stars in the "Great Start to Qualityprogram.

​​Teachers develop all programming around the Department of Education's Michigan Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten.

Our Preschool staff​​ works in close collaboration with the elementary Kindergarten staff to ensure your preschooler has a smooth transition into Kindergarten. We work on Core Knowledge Language Arts® (CKLA®), math and social/emotional skills to jump-start your preschooler's school readiness skills.

Tuition, Hours & Calendar

Preschool begins on the official first day of school for the district and follows the yearly school district calendar. Preschool is offered Monday through Friday for the AM half day or as a full day.


A non-refundable $50.00 deposit is required along with the completed enrollment form to reserve your spot. The deposit ​​is applied as a credit to your initial tuition statement.

​Tuition Payments are to be made weekly or a minimum of two times each month (every other week).​​

Note: Additional sibling tuition discounts are available, please inquire with Program Director.

A Sample of our Daily Activities

  • Acquaintance time and free choice play
  • Core Knowledge Language Arts® (CKLA®)
  • Introduction to Spanish
  • Circle time (including weather, letters and colors)
  • Outdoor play on large school playground
  • Indoor gym classes
  • Small group activities
  • Nutritious snack and drink (milk or juice) provided for half and full day (child needs to bring their own lunch or purchase a school lunch)
  • Craft time
  • Manipulatives and games
  • Exploration
  • Variety of creative art using different mediums
  • Experiences to encourage self-help skills
  • Individual and group reading
  • Activities that build creative thinking skills
  • Dramatic play
  • Daily quiet-rest time which is approximately ​30-60 minutes for full day students (washable mats provided, parent supplies bedding)
  • School breakfast & lunches are available for an extra fee




Joann Miracle
District Tuition Based Supervisor

[email protected]   231-649-9898

Linda Dart
​Program Director  for Lakeland​