Our History


Friends Preschool and Kindergarten opened in 1996 with just 8 families, today we host over 60 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
  • Low Student / Teacher Ratio
  • Highly recommended by local Kindergarten Teachers
  • Character Development 
  • Fabulous, Loving & Experienced Teachers
  • STEAM concepts in curriculum
  • Music programs
  • Foreign Language Exposure
  • Daily Bible Lessons
  • Online Billing & Payment Options
  • Fire Department Visit
  • Spicer's Apple Orchard Field Trip
  • Halloween Trunk or Treat
  • Muffins with Mom & Donuts Dad
  • Thanksgiving Feast
  • Christmas Program with Songs & Music
  • Christmas Book Exchange & Party
  • Valentine Day Party
  • Kensington Metro Park Adventures & Presentations
  • St. Jude Bike-a-thon
  • Field Day
  • Dentist  Presentation
  • Multiple Summer Camps
  • Parent - Tot Classes
  • Vision & Hearing Screening for 4's & Above
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Tammy Rittmueller

Director &

Friendly Frog Kindergarten Teacher


Miss Tammy has a Bachelor in Elementary Education with an additional accreditation in Reading.  She is married with two children, a daughter and a son.  Her children attended school at Hartland - Hannah graduated from Wayned State and Matthew is pursuing his passion as a Personal Weight Trainer.

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Katy Weeks

Office Manager

Katy has been a member of MUMC for over 10 years.  She holds a Masters of Arts in American Literature from San Diego State University.  She taught Composition at OCC, San Diego State, and others.  She home schooled her two children K-12.  Katy enjoys reading and swimming.  

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Barb Harris 

Bible Story Teacher

Barb is a former Elementary teacher.  She is one of the founders of Friends.  She comes everyday to Friends to tell the children a bible lesson.  She enjoys her family and thirteen grandchildren.

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Mandi Yaris

Buddy Bear Teacher

Mandi has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Oakland University.   She joined  Friends in Fall of 2020 and previously worked in  Walled Lake schools.  She enjoys time traveling, swimming, and spending time with her family - husband, son and daughter

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Tracy Bruletti

Assistant Director & 

Buddy Bear Teacher

Tracy joined Friends in 2015.  She has a BA in Business Management and Aviation.  She has a Masters in International Marketing.  She obtained her CDA in 2108.  Tracy has three children who attended HVS and IA.  She speaks Spanish, French and Italian.

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Karen Smith

Busy Bee Teacher 

Karen has been with Friends since 2018 and was formerly the Christian Education Director for MUMC for over 20 years.  Karen has three adult children and two grandchildren.  Karen loves babies, crafting and baking. 

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Lori Schwartz

Busy Bee Teacher

Lori has been working at Friends for over 10 years.  She was the Buddy Bear Art teacher for many years.    She has a degree in Educational Psychology.  She loves crafts, playing games, nature walks, and spending time with her family - Nora, Lincoln and husband, Paul.

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Katie Harris

Assistant Teacher

Katie has a Bachelor Degree from Ypsilanti in Business.   She has been with Friends since 2019.  She loves baking, nature walks and spending time with her husband.  

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Hannah Rittmueller

Assistant Teacher

Hannah is a recent honors graduate from Wayne State.  She received her BFA in dance.  She attended Hartland HS.  Hannah enjoys working with children and has been teaching dance, performs, and choreographs.    

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Robin Fletcher

Founder of Friends - Substitute

Robin was the director for 23 years.  She has earned a BA in Education and Early Childhood Certification through American Montessori Society .  She has attended grad classes in supervision/evaluations, psychology and language development.  She finds joy in working with the children and families.