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.
Before & After School Care
Licensed Ages: 2 1/2* thru 12 years
*Must be potty-trained or in the process of training.
Before and after school child care is available in each of our nine elementary schools from 6:30 a.m. to school start time & school end time to 6:00 p.m.
- 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.
- Stepanski Early Childhood Center is open to all children enrolled in child care on snow/emergency days & during some holiday breaks.
- 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!
UPDATE: As of 10/9/2020
With our remote students returning to in-person learning in just a few weeks, we have seen an increase in child care requests. WSD will be offering child care at all of our elementary schools; however, the number of students we can serve is limited at this time. All of our locations are currently at capacity. We are working diligently to hire more staff to increase the number of students we can provide services to in our schools.
We have started a waitlist and will be contacting families as soon as space is available. Please be sure to fill out the form below to ensure you hold a spot in line for your family.
School-aged children must be enrolled in a Waterford School Program.
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
When school buildings are closed due to inclement weather, full day care is offered at Stepanski to all children who are registered in any of our Child Care programs.
Child Care will be made available during the hours of 6:30 am - 6:00 pm.
Children will need to bring breakfast/lunch on inclement weather days.
Stepanski Child Care: 248-666-8668