Frequently Asked Questions
What are the age and birthdate requirements?
To attend 3 & 4 Year Old Half Day Preschool Classes: Children must be 3 years old on or before December 1st. To attend 4 & 5 Year Old Half Day Junior Kindergarten Classes: Children must be 4 years old on/before December 1st. To attend 4 & 5 Year Old Full Day Junior Kindergarten Program: Children must be 4 years old on/before September 1st .
Do you charge a registration fee?
The registration fee carries through to all of our programs. All currently enrolled students will be charged an annual registration fee of $35 (one child) or $50 (family) that will be posted to your account on the 1st of the month of your registration anniversary date with Stars & Stripes.
Do you have a sibling discount?
Families with more than one child enrolled in ANY Stars & Stripes program will automatically receive a 5% discount on the lower tuition. (EXAMPLE: If you have one child in gymnastics and one child in preschool you will receive a 5% tuition discount.)
Do you charge a supply fee?
Does the parent have to provide snacks or supplies?
No, Stars & Stripes Learning Academy will provide snacks and supplies.
Does my child need to be potty trained?
Yes! The child must be able to use the restroom without assistance (and no Pull-Ups).
What type of curriculum do we use?
The curriculum is based on accepted theories of child development and the latest validated research on highly effective instructional approaches. We prepare your child for the State of Michigan’s standards and objectives.
Academics or play — which is better?
Parents wonder if a school that focuses on academics is better than one that emphasizes learning through play. We believe this polarized, either/or view is unfortunate and misses the point. The benefits of "enriched play" during the first five years of life are extensive and support academic goals for reading and writing, math, science, social studies, music, art, and drama. Research shows that high-quality preschool programs, which strengthen cognitive, social, and emotional skills through play, have extremely positive effects on all aspects of children's development.
What if I decide not to attend or need to pull my child out of school before the end of the year?
Once you have registered for your child’s slot you are obligated and bound by the installment tuition terms.
What if I can’t pick up my child?
Can someone else pick them up? Please call (248) 625-3547 to notify us if a person not on your paperwork will pick up your child. Staff may not release children to anyone who is not authorized by the custodial parent.
What should I do if my child is sick?
Please do not send a sick child to school. If a child arrives with symptoms of illness, the child will not be permitted to stay. Children will be excluded from contact with the other children; seated with the staff at the front desk until parents can be notified. Please notify us if your child becomes ill and will not be attending that day. We ask that parents notify us when their child contracts a communicable disease. The school will notify all other parents about any communicable disease outbreaks (this does not name the child involved just the classroom to indicate highest exposure). A child will not be permitted to attend school when he or she have vomited or had diarrhea during the previous 24 hours. Medication may not be administered during program hours, therefore, do not send any in with your child.
What if I am late picking my child up?
If a parent or authorized person is late picking the child up, a late fee of $20 for every 15 minutes will be applied. If a child is consistently picked up late, the school will take further action by raising the fee or calling a parent/teacher conference. Children become upset when parents are not on time so please call (248) 625-3547 if you know you will be late.
Should I stay to get my child settled when dropping them off?
For some children, this is their first separation from their parents. We understand that this is often a difficult experience for youngsters and for parents too. It is important to let your child know you are leaving, but will come back for them after class. For the first few days you may want to stay 5 to 10 minutes in the lobby (out of eyesight from your child) or car. We will be glad to check on your child’s progress. Your classroom teacher will let you know when your child feels comfortable with the new environment.
What should I do if my child cries when I leave?
Most children calm down in the first five minutes after their parent leaves. If you say good-bye to your child and would like a report from us just stay in the lobby, your car or give us the number where we can reach you and we will be glad to report on your child’s behavior for the first few days.
What should my child wear?
Children will need a pair of “indoor shoes”. Children should be dressed in comfortable, practical play clothes and dressed for the weather. Please dress your child in clothes that can get messy.
Can I bring in a treat for my child’s birthday?
Yes, Stars & Stripes Learning Academy will provide a list of appropriate snacks that can be brought in based on allergies and needs.
Can I sit in with my child in class?
We are a drop-off program. We have an ‘open door’ policy in which parents are always welcome to visit or observe the class. To avoid disruption to the other students, please limit visits to 15-20 minutes.
Can I volunteer in the class?
If parent volunteers are needed we will disseminate a special request. Volunteers must adhere to the Enrollment Agreement.
What qualifications do your teachers have?
We require a higher standard of certification than the law requires, which means our teachers are Michigan Certified or credentialed in Child Development. Our staff is certified in CPR, First Aid and maintain the highest education and training to exceed the licensing rules as required by the State of Michigan.
Can parents administer medication during the school day?
Yes, parents may come to the school to administer the medication themselves.