Monday, August 8, 2022

Welcome Letter from the Director of Early Childhood

Welcome to Zeeland Public Preschool at the Early Childhood Center.  We are delighted your family will be part of our preschool community! At Zeeland Public Schools our motto is Safe, Valued, Loved, and Learning. These core values are at the forefront of all we do every day. 

Preschool is a time for curiosity and discovery, as well as positive social, emotional, and academic growth. The preschool years establish a critical foundation for your child’s education. We commit to building rich, inclusive environments and opportunities to support learning for all children. Our teachers engage in ongoing professional development around best practices in literacy, math, and social-emotional instruction. 


We follow district requirements and state licensing guidelines for childcare centers across our school programs.  ZPS works closely with the Ottawa County Health Department advocating for recommendations aligned to local data trends to ensure your child’s safety.


Our talented and kind ECC teachers extend the invitation to meet all students and caregivers at one of our preschool open house events. Details regarding your child’s open house will be found in the welcome letter from the classroom teacher. At your child’s open house, you will receive specific information regarding school and classroom procedures.


On a specific procedural note, we are thankful for our amazing facility, yet realize parking is limited. Therefore, child pick-up and drop-off protocols are enforced.  Please do not arrive early or linger in the parking lot longer than necessary. Be flexible and courteous as children and caregivers move in and out of the parking lot. 


If you would like to follow along with our schoolwide updates, and delightful photos, throughout the year visit Instagram (@ earlychildhood_zeeland), Facebook (@zpsecc), or our Caregiver Connection site (zpsecc.blogpsot.com).


I look forward, with excitement, to getting to know each of you as we care for and educate your children together. Reach out with questions you might have by contacting our office anytime!


Your Partner in Preschool Education,



Friday, June 10, 2022

Mobile Food Pantry

If you find yourself in a time of need, this is a great resource for your family.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Cast Your Vote in our Favorite Book Door Decoration Competition

 Which of our classroom doors is your favorite?



















Time for your vote.  We will tally your online votes, along with our in-person staff and student votes, on Friday, March 25th.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Create with a Caregiver: Art Night at the ECC

 Save the Date for our special caregiver event coming in April! Additional information will be coming home with your child soon.



Sunday, March 13, 2022

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Celebrating Literacy in March

 

“ I THINK I CAN!” 

This year’s theme is based on the beloved preschool favorite The Little Engine that Could


Your child's teacher will be sending communication home explaining all of the fun ways our student will be involved in reading, writing and illustrating throughout the month of March!

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Winter Break



Enjoy your Winter Break.  We will look forward to seeing our students back at school on Wednesday, February 16th.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Preschool Registration 2022-2023


It is an exciting time of year for our ECC community as we anticipate adding new students to our school.  Starting 1/20 any current ECC families are invited to register for the 2022-2023 school year.  Open enrollment for our extended Zeeland family begins on 1/27!  Please pass the information on to your friends and family considering preschool programming for their child next year.  There are a variety of preschool offerings, explained below, to hopefully meet the needs of all of our interested families.  Begin your child's registration process TODAY by following this link.  Someone from the office will reach out soon after you have completed your enrollment information at zps.org.

Friday, January 7, 2022

Snow Day Entertainment



While eating fresh snow in large quantities is not recommended, according to Kitchn, snow in moderation is safe enough to try this tasty snow day recipe.  This simple recipe is fun for preschoolers to mix up with ingredients you likely have on hand.


Create a sweet indoor "snow" fort using marshmallows and toothpicks.  This is an excellent opportunity for fine motor practice and developing problem solving skills.


This week's beautiful snow provides a wonderful opportunity for outdoor play.  However, if it is time to come in and your child is still enjoying the snow play, fill your sink or a large plastic tote with snow  for sensory play or snow hide and seek with their favorite small toys.  Perhaps consider adding some measuring spoons and cups for your child to experiment with the science of capacity.


Build indoor snowmen using snow dough, like this recipe from Imagination Tree.  Or try our favorite recipe, for more packable "snow," includes hair conditioner and cornstarch.

  • Place the cornstarch in a large bowl.
  • Mix in the hair conditioner with your hands–it will just start coming together and it will be pliable and very, very smooth. If desired, add a little silver glitter for shiny snow!
  • (You may need to add more conditioner as you go)


Cozy up on the couch and read a collection of Snow Day books.  There are many great collections of snow themed books for preschool students.  Here is one to get you started.


Include your child in setting a special snowy table for today's lunch or dinner.   Work together to cut paper snowflakes or think creatively about other ways to decorate a Snow Day themed place setting. The video linked here demonstrates some easy snowflake cutting instructions for beginners.

We would love for your family to share some of your ideas for snow day fun in the comments below!

School Closing

The ECC Preschool and childcare will be closed today (January 7) due to the inclement weather.  We will look forward to seeing your children again next week!

Thursday, January 6, 2022

School Closing

  All classes and childcare will be closed today (1/6) due to winter weather.

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

School Closing


The ECC Preschool and childcare will be closed today (January 5) due to the winter weather forecast.  Enjoy the snow OR being cozy inside!

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Welcome 2022!

We are looking forward to welcoming your child back to school this week Monday (1/3) and Tuesday (1/4).  

Please be on the lookout for 2022-2023 preschool and Kindergarten enrollment information coming SOON!