Building Blocks Information
Welcome to Building Blocks! Providing high-quality early childhood programs and a strong partnership with each child's family is the foundation of our philosophy. We work together to create life-long learners, ready to reach their fullest potential in school and in life. We focus on each child as an individual, and strive to create a unique experience in a safe, nurturing, and enriching environment.
Berkley Building Blocks infant, toddler and preschool programs are the ground floor of the award-winning Berkley Schools. Our children are our future, and we believe it is our job as teachers to nurture each child as they grow, learn and develop.
Admission is on a first served basis. Upon recieving payment a two day's notice is required before care will begin. When maximum enrollments are reached in the Building Blocks programs, names will be placed on a waiting list for the current school year. Enrollments are limited to the number for which the center is licensed.
To determine which program you need these are the Building Blocks program descriptions.
- The School Year schedule is for students attending the full day program, following the Berkley School District Teachers Calendar from September - June.
- The Year Round schedule is for students attending the full day program, following the Year Round Calendar from July - June.
- The Morning Preschool schedule is for students attending the half-day program, following the Berkley District Teachers Calendar from September-June.
There will be a choice of three daily time options for the full day students day. The 9 Hour schedule care options are 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., or 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. If a 11 Hour schedule works best for you care is available 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. The half-day program classrooms will meet 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on their scheduled days.
The age requirements for each classroom.
- Infant classrooms are ages 6 weeks - 1 year olds.
- Young Toddler classrooms are 1 year olds - 2 year olds.
- Older Toddler classrooms are 2 year olds - 3 year olds (non-potty trained).
- Preschool classrooms are 3 year olds - 5 year olds (fully potty trained).
- Morning Preschool - Sunshine Club is 2 1/2 year olds - 4 year olds(fully potty trained).
- Morning Preschool - Ready K is 4 year olds - 5 year olds.
Infant Room students enrolled must follow a 5 day a week schedule, care is available at Tyndall Center only. Young Toddler, Older Toddler and Preschool classroom students have an option to attend 2 days a week up to 5 days a week. Morning Preschool Sunshine Club meets Tuesday and Thursdays, Ready K meets Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.
We use HighScope Curriculum
We follow the HighScope Curriculum which emphasizes adult-child interaction, a carefully designed learning environment, and a plan-do-review process that strengthens initiative and self-reliance in children and young people. Teacher and students are active partners in shaping the educational experience. For more information go to http://www.highscope.org.
Nutritious Lunch & Snacks
Nutrition is extremely important to your child's healthy physical and mental development. A proper balance of healthy snacks and healthy lunches will make your child(ren) feel great, provide healthy productive energy, as well as improve their concentration, development, and individual dispositions.
A lunch (no snacks) is available to purchase at an extra cost during the school year. Monthly menus will be distributed at the end of each month for those interested in ordering lunches. Please return lunch form along with fees by the due date listed on the form to the Office. Include students name along with their classroom number and teachers name.
Program Registration Forms
Upon notification of being accepted in the Building Blocks programs, please print and complete the registration forms for the program you will be enrolling into. Once completed return all forms along with registration fees to Tyndall Center Office, 14501 Talabot, Oak Park, MI 48237. For questions please contact Vickie Roy at 248-837-8900, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Schools of Choice
The Berkley Board of Education has approved Schools of Choice slots for the 2017-18 school year. Learn more details about the number of slots, grades and timelines on the Schools of Choice website.
Student Health & Medication
Use of Medication at School
If your child has a medical condition that requires a prescription medication be kept at school (such as an asthma inhaler, epi-pen, etc.), we MUST have a medication authorization form on file in the classroom. The form must be filled out by both the parent and your child's doctor and be signed by your doctor. Please bring the medication in the original container.
If your child needs over-the-counter medication during the school day, we must still have a medication authorization form on file, but it does not require a doctor's signature. Medication should be brought to the classroom along with the completed form.
Please do not send your child to school with any medications without the form on file; the medication will not be given to your child.
Student Assurance Coverage
Berkley provides Student Assurance Coverage.
Learn more about this on the Berkley Schools Parent Information Page.
Program Tuition Fees
The tuition payments are to be made at or mailed to: Berkley Building Blocks, Accounts Receivable, 14700 W. Lincoln, Oak Park, MI 48237, or left in the after-hours Drop Box located outside the Administration Office entrance. We accept payments with Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, checks or money orders made payable to Berkley School District, or cash. Contact Accounts Receivable 248-837-8439 to make a charge card payment or with any questions regarding your account.
Building Visitor Policy
The Berkley School District has developed a visitor policy that is in place at all Berkley schools. The purpose of this policy is to ensure a safe and secure environment for our students and staff.
All parents and visitors entering Building Blocks during office hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. are required to enter through the main entrance and sign in at the office. All visitors who have a pre-arranged visit or volunteer activity planned with your child's classroom teacher or other school staff will be issued a visitor pass.
For the safety of the children, we must run a background check on all volunteers spending any amount of time in the classrooms. We will need to make a copy of your driver's license or state ID to run the background check.
These policies will allow the staff to continue to provide a safe and productive place for your child to learn.