About Whistle Stop


Whistle Stop’s program is based on the High/Scope curriculum and Philosophy. High Scope is an organization based in Ypsilanti, Michigan developed by educators to incorporate five elements into child care programs: Active Learning, Adult-Child Interactions, Learning Environment, Daily Routine and Assessment. Our teachers use the High/Scope Curriculum and plan daily activities around children’s interests.


Bonnie Laackman started Whistle Stop in September of 1989. It began as a licensed childcare center offering a before and after-school program for children ages 5-12. One year later she expanded the program to include children from 12 months of age and to offer full-day programs. In November of 1991, Whistle Stop changed ownership to Mark and Nancy Schaefer.


At Whistle Stop we seek to lay a solid foundation of growth and development for your child. Through the carefully designed activities and quality social interactions with caregivers and other children, your child can develop a strong sense of belonging, strengthen their capacity to trust others, and learn to feel secure when away from home.

Our High/Scope program allows children many opportunities throughout the day to choose their own play, make decisions, and reflect back on what they have done. Through encouragement and child-directed “floor-time” play, our staff helps children develop their potential.

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