Woodlawn Preschool has a four star rating with the MI Quality Rating System
Woodlawn Preschool strives to develop creative thinking skills and a lasting love of learning by fulfilling the unique and individual needs of each student at his or her stage of development.
We provide a caring atmosphere of learning in which capable, compassionate staff members positively facilitate social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth, enhance self-esteem and prepare our students for future learning.
68 years and thriving well.
In the fall of 1951 Roberta Beaver opened Woodlawn Preschool. She was hired by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to launch a program for children 3-5 to further their development before they enter the regular school system. She believed in quality education for all and to extend the nursery school training of life learning outside the home.
After Ms. Beaver retired in 1967, Linday Schuemann (Vibers (1968-1985)) became director. In 1985, Mary Dolbee then took over as director until she retired. When Mary retired, Pattie Walter came on as director. Pattie retired in 2017, and then Corinne Hastings came on as the new director. Corinne is currently serving as director. The school was and is governed by a volunteer board and continues its ongoing relationship with the AAUW.
In 1981 on the 30th anniversary of the school, the classes were held in a private home at the end of 300 Fremont Street, but eventually had to be torn down to make way for the KCC college expansion. The school was moved to its present location of 1175 W Territorial Rd.
In 1964 two offices were made into classroom space as the school enrollment grew. At the time it was the largest preschool in the state of Michigan with 210 students and a waiting list for enrollment. In 1991 on the 40th anniversary of the school there were two trees dedicated to directors, Vi Beg and its founder Roberta Beaver. The pine trees are still here.
Woodlawn prides itself on being a non-profit school for any child to attend no matter what background the children come from. Students learn social skills, love of learning, how to get along with others, and develop their fine and gross motor skills.
In 1983 it was written in a brochure from the school the following poem:
You will be pleased with the Nursery School when you see that your child has improved attitudes in his ability to:
Explore and run
Share his fun
Finish what’s begun
Demand less “all or none”
Restrict his “no”
Let his mother go
Accept what’s so.