Our History

 

Friends Preschool and Kindergarten opened in 1997 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.



Give us a call:

1-248-684-6086

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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Robin Fletcher

Teacher

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.  

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Mandi Yaris

Busy Bee 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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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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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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Lori Scwartz

Buddy  Bear 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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Chelsea Webster

Buddy Bear Teacher 

Chelsea began at Friends in 2008 and then got her Associate in Early Childhood Development from OCC in 2011. She has two daughters who attend Spring Mills in HVS.  She enjoys camping, reading, and crafts.     

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Katie Harris

Assistant Teacher

Katie has an Associate Degree in Business from OCC.  She has been with Friends since 2019.  She loves baking, nature walks and spending time with her husband.  

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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.

Call Us: 1-248-684-6086  /   friendspreandk@gmail.com /  1200 Atlantic Street, Milford, MI 48381

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