Early Childhood Programs

Before/After Care


Lake Ann Elementary has licensed before and aftercare available for Lake Ann Elementary families that need care outside of school hours.  The program runs from 7:00-9:00 and 4:00-6:00.  Tuition is $7 per session and is billed on a monthly basis, and does accept DHHS child care subsidy.
The Benzie Early Childhood Programs are licensed and 4 star rated by the State of Michigan. We provide high-quality preschool experiences for children 3-5 years old.  The classrooms are supported by Early Childhood Specialists and all staff go through at least 24 hours of professional development per year. Classrooms utilize Creative Curriculum to support learning and development with a whole-child approach. Betsie Valley Elementary, Homestead Hills Elementary, and Lake Ann Elementary all have Early Childhood Programs in their buildings.

If you would like more information, contact our Early Childhood Directors

Melinda Coger Early Childhood Director – Enrollment

Katie Johnston – Early Childhood Director – 1755 Services

Betsie Valley and Homestead Hills Elementary – Melinda Coger  – cogerm@benzieschools.net

Lake Ann Elementary – Katie Johnston –  johnstonk@benzieschools.net

Our preschool has been working diligently on learning about rhythm and rhyme, counting and spatial relationships, using and collecting data as well as developing their physical and social-emotional skills through DANCE PARTIES!!

2023/2024 Preschool Interest (please click on the link and submit)




Lake Ann Elementary

Demae Cicchelli

Stefanie Colling

Jennifer Miilu

Robbin Moore

Homestead Hills Elementary

Abigail Fraly

Tiffany Ockert

Tammy Lung

Lisa Servello

Betsie Valley Elementary

Amy Friosz


        Malaika Flees – Social Worker

Jessica Edinger – Betsie Valley Elementary (play group coordinator)


Katie Johnston – Special Education Teacher (1755 Provider)



2023/24 Benzie Central Early Childhood Handbook