Building Blocks Preschool is a certified Michigan Green School since 2011. Building Blocks Preschool is a multi-year winner of the People’s Choice Award for Best Preschool/Childcare Provider as voted by readers of the Milford Times, the South Lyon Herald, and the Novi News since 2009. Spinal column best of the west award winner in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Along with many other local community awards.
The teachers at Building Blocks earn a minimum of 24 continuing education credits each year, as mandated by the Great start to Quality, Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Additional training is provided by the Washington, D.C.–based National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and various in-house professional development programs.
We are also affiliated with the (NAREA) and other Reggio Inspires member schools throughout the country. As a founding member of the Michigan Inspirations community of Reggio-inspired learners, our teachers collaborate and train with teaching professionals from some of the most respected learning institutions in the state—U of M Flint and Central Michigan University among them. http://www.reggioalliance.org
We are one of 200 nature based schools in the United States via Natural Start Alliance .
“Outside, in real life, is where humans learn best,” writes Anders Szczepanski, a Swedish outdoor learning expert. “That’s where we make use of all of our senses by seeing, listening, feeling, smelling, tasting and discerning. It fosters curiosity, creativity and cooperation, engages our emotions and makes us care about our environment, as well as our natural and cultural history.” In addition, our teachers are Project Learning Tree® (PLT) Certified. PLT is an award-winning, multidisciplinary environmental education program for Pre-K–12 educators and their students.
Building Blocks Preschool staff are qualified teachers and classroom assistants. All lead teachers have Masters Degrees, Bachelor Degrees, Associates Degrees or have earned sufficient college credit hours and experience to meet state of Michigan standards.
Building Blocks Preschool lead teachers are credentialed in areas that include Early Childhood Education. Our assistant teachers have or working towards an associate’s degree or are certified as a child development associate. In addition, our staff goes through extensive reference checks, a comprehensive health examination and state mandated screenings.
Building Blocks Preschool staff is First Aid and CPR certified and trained in preventing the spread of contagious disease through universal precautions. All staff members are required to participate in 16 hours of early childhood training annually. We believe that learning is a life-long process, for children as well as adults. Building Blocks Preschool offers seminars and training in-services, and encourages our staff to become actively involved in the local early childhood community and collaborate with Michigan Inspiration.
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