From Our Supervisor

April 1, 2020

Dear Families, 

I am deeply committed to advocating for and making a positive difference in the lives of the children at Webster Early Childhood Center with all stakeholders. We will accomplish this by setting developmentally appropriate expectations for ‘the whole’ child and providing supportive systems to assure their needs are met. By providing equitable experiences for all, setting high standards for teacher performance, and engaging the community.  It is our vision at Webster Early Childhood Center to inspire and empower all learners.

It is an honor to work with children, families, and professionals at Hazel Park Schools’ Webster Early Childhood Center. My goal is to collaborate with teachers to provide an active learning environment that supports the natural curiosity and unique developmental needs of every young child in our programs. Developing and maintaining a positive relationship between home and the school community is of my highest priority. Parents are a child's first teachers, it is my pleasure to be a part of many families' first experience with education outside of their home. Each year our remarkable staff, involved parents and inquisitive children come together to make Webster Early Childhood Center a wonderful and unique place.

At Webster ECC learning is built upon both teacher- and child-initiated activities that are developmentally appropriate and designed to meet the needs of the whole child: physically, emotionally, socially, creatively and cognitively. Our building is the home to Hazel Park Schools’ State of Michigan grant funded Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), our District's Early Childhood Special Education program (ECSE), our District's Early On program and Preschool Academy, our tuition-based program. In addition, Webster ECC is fortunate to host the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) federally funded Early Head Start and Head Start programs which offer services for children ages birth to four years old. In partnership with Great Start Collaborative-Oakland, we host adult learning programs including LENA: Building Brains Through Early Talk and Parent Connection Meetings. 

On a personal note, prior to joining Hazel Park Schools, I lived and worked abroad as a teacher and educational leader for children in preschool - fourth grade for several years in Dubai and Seoul. My experiences overseas encouraged reflective thinking, built resilience, required tolerance, and demanded a strong work ethic. After high school, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Heidelberg University in my hometown of Tiffin, Ohio and completed my Masters of Education in Educational Leadership at Oakland University.  I am the proud mother of Oliver, who is two years-old. My son is my pride and joy. Rest assured your children are in good hands as I will always keep their best interests in mind – just as I do for my own child.

More than just academics, your child will build friendships, practice resolving differences, and develop a respect for diversity. I invite you to contact me directly at any time to learn more about the high-quality programs for young children and their families offered at Webster Early Childhood Center.

Sincerely, 

 

Andrea Bratton
Webster Early Childhood Center Supervisor 
Cell 248-219-8444
Office 248-658-5501
andrea.bratton@hazelparkschools.org