"Meeting the childcare needs of
children and their families."
Latchkey Program Coordinator:
Cathy Guenthner 591-2319
Latchkey Rooms: 591-0650
Preschool Latchkey Supervisor: Kathy McMahan
Early Childhood Kindergarten Latchkey Supervisor: Kathy McMahan
Elementary Latchkey Supervisor: Amanda Barr
The Latchkey Programs are a courtesy of Flushing Community Schools and are licensed by the Michigan Department of Human Resources.
The Preschool Age Latchkey Program services children 3-4 years of age. Latchkey for preschool children is provided at the Early Childhood Center. The program is designed to provide a safe, healthy, caring and fun-filled atmosphere for the children while promoting educational, literacy, social and emotional growth. The program is play based allowing the very young child the opportunity to develop skills while engaging in organized and free play opportunities. Independence and socialization is encouraged. The latchkey staff works closely with teachers and other staff members to ensure a positive experience for the child.
Children not enrolled in a Flushing Community Schools Program must provide an up-to-date immunization record at the time of registration.
Breakfast and afternoon snack will be provided at no extra charge. Lunches may be purchased for an additional fee.
Preschool Age Latchkey is open daily (Monday-Friday) from 6:15am-6:00pm.
Elementary Latchkey Programs
We will provide a latchkey program to all Kindergarten through 6th Grade students, at one location, at the Early Childhood Center (ECC). All students who are enrolled in the district latchkey program will be dropped off and picked up at the ECC located at 409 Chamberlain St. Children will ride a district bus to their elementary at the start of the school day and may be transported back to the ECC at the end of the day.
It is the philosophy of Latchkey that all children are individuals that develop at their own rate. It is the goal of the program to strive to meet the needs of each child to promote social and emotional growth by providing choices for the child with organized and free play combined with hands on experiences. Independence and a positive self-image are encouraged. Elementary Latchkey services children ages 5-12 (or to the end of 6th Grade).
Latchkey is open daily from 6:15 am until the start of school and again from the end of the school day until 6:00 pm. On half days of school Latchkey will be open for normal morning hours and again from 12:00-6:00 pm. The program will be closed when school is not open due to inclement weather. Latchkey will be open on many of the schools scheduled days off. On these days Extended Day Latchkey is provided for all registered latchkey students. We will provide an updated schedule at the beginning of each school year.
Students who attend Latchkey must be registered one full day prior to starting the program.
Latchkey provides a nutritional breakfast and afternoon snack at no extra charge.
If you have any further questions please contact Cathy Guenthner, the Latchkey Program Coordinator at 591-2319.
Flushing Community Schools also offers a Summer Latchkey Program at the Early Childhood Center. Latchkey accepts children 3 years through 12 years of age. Children that have just completed the 6th grade are still eligible to attend this program. If your child is NOT presently enrolled in Flushing Schools or a Flushing Latchkey Program, they will need to have a complete physical and immunization record on file before the child’s first day of attendance in the program. Summer Latchkey is held at the Early Childhood Center.
Medicines at School
Medicines that are to be given in the Latchkey Program must be accompanied by a Flushing Community Schools Medicine At School form (available in our school office) completed and signed by the child's physician and parent. Medicine must be in the original container. This rule applies to prescription and over the counter medications. All medications will be administered by a fully trained member of the Latchkey staff or a Flushing Community Schools employee.