Durand Area Schools Early Childhood Education and Services operates a preschool program for both 3 year olds and 4 year olds.
3 Year Old Preschool
L'il Engineers is the name of the preschool program for 3 year olds. It is a tuition-based program where all proceeds go directly back into the operation of the program. Some financial assistance via the Shiawassee County Preschool Scholarship fund is available for those who apply/qualify. L'il Engineers is housed at
Bertha Neal Elementary School
in the City of Durand. It operates on Tuesday through Thursday; both morning and afternoon sessions are available. The program is taught by two trained professionals in the Early Childhood Development and Education field. Children must be 3 years old by September 1st and must be potty trained.
4 Year Old Program
4 year old preschool is also housed at Bertha Neal Elementary School
in Durand. There are three 4-year old classrooms in Bertha Neal and the program is staffed with certified teachers with Early Childhood Education endorsements. There is also a certified teacher aide in each classroom to assist the teacher. The 4 year old program consists of tuition paid and scholarship* students. The preschool is in session Monday through Thursday with AM , PM and Full day sessions. Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1st, 2017 in order to enroll.
*The preschool program participates in the Michigan Department of Education Early Childhood Programs. The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a grant from the state that offers free preschool to at-risk 4 year olds. Call (989) 288-2016 for more information about applying for a preschool scholarship.