Elementary and Preschool Child Care

We believe children have the right to quality child care in a warm, nurturing and safe environment. Our Child Care Program is designed to enrich children with social, physical and educational experiences that will help further develop them as students and as individuals.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Leggett Child Care will remain closed through Tuesday, January 25, 2022 and will resume the normal schedule on Wednesday, January 26.

Parent Letter 12.17.21

All Child Care sites are full. This includes: Beaumont, Cooley, Donelson, Grayson, Haviland, Houghton, Knudsen, Leggett, Riverside, Schoolcraft and Stepanski. 

Please call 248-682-3170 for our waiting list.

Review the new billing contract for changes in fees.

Before & After School Care

Before and after school care is available at each of our nine elementary schools from 6:30 a.m. until school start time and from school dismissal until 6:00 p.m.

Child Care is available on most half-days of school. All staff members are trained and qualified. In addition to our school year programs, we offer an activity packed, age-appropriate summer session!

Licensed Ages: 2 1/2* thru 12 years
*Must be potty-trained or in the process of training.

  • Stepanski Early Childhood Center & Leggett Child Care offer full day services for preschool children enrolled in child care from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • All sites are closed during the winter break in December.
  • All schools provide child care on half days for children enrolled in the program. 

In addition to our school year programs, we also offer an activity-packed, age-appropriate summer session.  All staff members are experienced and well qualified. We look forward to learning and growing with your child!

The Stepanski and Leggett Child Care Programs admit children ages 2 ½ to 6 years of age.  Children must be potty trained or in the process of training.  Child care hours are 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

All children must be enrolled in a Waterford School District Program.

All children must be registered each school year and each summer.

The Stepanski Early Child Care Program admits school-aged children ages 2½ to 6 years of age. Children must be reliably toilet trained.

Children must be registered each school year and each summer. A non-refundable registration fee will be charged and must be paid upon enrollment. We bill for Child Care services on a weekly basis. Invoices will be available every Tuesday, with payment due on or before the following Friday. Past due accounts may result in suspension of care and a late fee. Returned checks and will be assessed a fee and must be repaid within one week of notification. The child's account must maintain a current balance.

If more than one family member is registering the same child/children, each person will be responsible for his or her own account balance. If parents are requiring two separate accounts they must each register their child and pay the full registration fee. Child Care Services will maintain confidentiality and will not disclose financial information to anyone other than the account holder. Child Care will not serve as a mediator for billing issues, to determine who is responsible for what percent of the balance, or regarding drop off/pick up issues. If a child's account becomes delinquent by either party, child care services will be suspended until payment is made, or until payment arrangements have been made through the Billing Office. Requests for duplicate information such as attendance records and duplicate tax statements will be subject to a $5.00 fee.

Immunizations are required for children entering kindergarten (ages 4-6) and those entering seventh grade (7-18 years). Requests for waivers must be certified at the Oakland County Health Division.

Oakland County Health Division
1200 North Telegraph
Immunization Hours
Monday Noon-8:00pm
Tuesday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm

Child Care Services

Crary Campus
501 N. Cass Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
Email: childcare@wsdmi.org

Jacqueline LeMarbe
Director of Child Care Services

Tracie Spatafore, Secretary 248-682-3170
Emily Watkins, Coordinator 248-494-9338

School Sites

Beaumont:  Michelle Wilson 248-738-4746
Cooley:  Jill Woodhull  248-674-6344
Donelson Hills:  Kim Soderberg  248-682-2332
Grayson:  Debbie Cox  248-674-6381
Haviland:  248-738-4777
Houghton:  Michelle Batten  248-698-9230
Knudsen:  Barb Darling  248-682-0580
Leggett:  Jessica Leonard  248-682-0286
Riverside:  Kim Rasmussen  248-674-4415
Schoolcraft:  Juli Weakland  248-623-7061
Stepanski:  Cheryl Fuller  248-666-8668