Our History


Friends Preschool and Kindergarten opened in 1997 with just 8 families, today we host over 70 families.  The program was developed by Barb Harris, Robin Fletcher and Barb Woolworth as a ministry of the Milford United Methodist Church. 


We began with a passion for children and an interest in passing on our faith.  Today, we are still passionate about our dream; giving children the opportunity to experience God’s love, as they play, learn and grow.


This ministry has been a true blessing to our founders, our staff and especially the children we are able to prepare for success in their educational and spiritual life.

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25 Reasons to Enroll...
  • Multiple Class Options
  • Fabulous Teachers
  • Online Billing & Payment Options
  • Fire Department Visit
  • Spicer's Apple Orchard Field Trip
  • Low Student / Teacher Ratio
  • Halloween Trunk or Treat
  • Muffins with Mom
  • Exposure to New Experiences
  • Donuts with Dad
  • Thanksgiving Feast
  • Christmas Program
  • Christmas Book Exchange & Party
  • Kensington Metro Park Adventure
  • St. Jude Bike A Thon
  • Field Day
  • Dentist  Presentation
  • Multiple Summer Camps
  • Multiple Metro-Park Presentations
  • Parent - Tot Classes
  • STEAM Class
  • Vision & Hearing Screening for 4's & Above
  • Valentines Day Party
  • Friendly / Loving Staff
  • Highly recommended by many local Kindergarten Teachers

Robin Fletcher

Ms. Robin is our director and one of the founders of Friends. She has earned a BA in Education and Early Childhood Certification through the American Montessori  Society. Over the years, she has attended grad classes in supervision/evaluations, psychology, and language development. Ms. Robin finds joy in working with the children and families that makeup our Friends' family. She and her husband Don enjoy time with family, travel, and boating. 


Tammy Rittmueller

Miss Tammy has a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education with an additional accreditation in Reading. She is married with two children, a daughter at Wayne State University, and a son who has just started at Kettering University. During her free time, Miss Tammy enjoys reading, gardening and taking her dog on long walks

Friendly Frog Teacher

Katy Weeks

Katy Weeks has been a member of Milford United Methodist Church for over 10 years. She holds a Master of Arts degree in American Literature from San Diego State University and has taught Composition at Oakland Community College, San Diego State, and others. She home schooled her two children K-12. Katy enjoys reading and swimming in Lake Michigan. She lives with her husband of 26 years.

Office Manager

Mandi Yaris

Bachelor of Science Elementary Education from Oakland University

Busy Bee Lead Teacher

Karen Smith

Karen joined friends in 2018 as our Honey Bee Instructor.  Karen has three adult children and two grandchildren.  Karen was the children's minister at MUMC for over 20 years.  Karen loves the babies and can't wait for more grandchildren.  Karen's hobbies include crafting and baking.

Busy Bee Lead Teacher

Tracy Bruletti

Miss Tracy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Aviation Sciences with a Master’s Degree in International Marketing Management.  Tracy also obtained her CDA in 2018.   Tracy has three kids who attended Huron Valley Schools and speaks Italian, French and Spanish.  Tracy loves to play tennis, travel, sports, and being outside. 

Buddy Bear - Teacher

Lori Schwartz

Miss Lori loves teaching art to the buddy bear’s class, and seeing all the creativity in their art projects. She has a degree in educational psychology and loves working with preschoolers. She enjoys crafts, playing games, going on nature walks, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and son. 

Buddy Bear Lead Teacher

Chelsea Webster

Miss Chelsea starting teaching at Friends in 2008. In 2011, she received her associates degree in early childhood development from Oakland Community College. She has two daughters, ages 7 and 5. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and camping. 

Buddy Bear Lead Teacher

Barb Harris

Miss Barb is a former elementary school teacher and one of the founders of Friends Preschool. She walks everyday to Friends to tell Bible stories to the children.  She loves spending time with her thirteen  grandchildren.

Visiting Teacher - Bible Story Teller

Katie Harris

Associate Degree - Business Administration

Assitant Teacher

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