Register now for before and after school care for the 2020-2021 school year!

Welcome to the Clawson Childcare Center!


Where hands-on learning begins


Renay Swords, Director

Childcare Contact Information

To enroll or for additional information, please call our office at (248) 655-4421 or email at

To reach Before and After Care Staff (not during school hours):
Schalm: (248) 655-4955
Kenwood (248) 655-3816

To reach daycare classrooms at Baker please call:
248-404-2606 Upper Pre-K with Mrs. Katie
248-404-2607 Lower Pre-K with Mrs. Mary
248-655-4439 Twos Room with Mrs. Cortney
248-404-2608 One's Room with Miss Kayla
248-404-2605 Infant Room with Mrs. Angela



Childcare Employee Standards

  • All employees are certified in infant and adult CPR and first aid yearly.
  • All employees are required to take Safe Sleep, Blood Borne Pathogens, and Child Neglect auto-tutorials.
  • All employees are required to take 15 credits of childcare related training classes yearly.
  • Background checks through the Michigan State Police and LiveScan Fingerprints are performed prior to hiring all employees.

clawson_early_childhood_center_covid_response_plan.pdf-UPDATED 9-30-20





Childcare (Baker):

For childcare registration paperwork, please call for 248-655-4421 for availability and to set up an appointment for a tour. 

PDF DocumentClawson Early Childhood Center Handbook APPLICABLE DISTRICT WIDE: Daycare, before/after school care and preschool programs


PDF DocumentLetter to Parents-Payment Update Effective July 1, 2019

PDF DocumentPayment Details (Effective July 1, 2019)

Before and After School Care (Schalm and Kenwood Elementary Schools):

2020-2021 School Year

PDF DocumentSchool-Aged_Care_Registration_2020-21_

Other Forms:

PDF DocumentHealth Appraisal 

PDF DocumentPaySchools Information

PDF DocumentDHS Paperwork

PDF DocumentMedication-Permission Form

PDF DocumentWebsite/Photo Release

Illness and Health Care Plan

It is required that a child be kept home or will be sent home from childcare if he/she has:

  • A fever (must be fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication)
  •  An infectious runny nose (green)
  •  A severe cough
  •  Been vomiting within the last 24 hours
  •  Been on antibiotics less than 24 hours  
  • 3 or more episodes of diarrhea in a 24 hour period
  • Suspicion of a communicable disease or contagious rash

If a child becomes ill while at the center, parents will be contacted to pick up the child. In the event the center is unable to contact anyone, the child will be separated from the program (as not to expose the other children), and made as comfortable as possible until a parent or designated person arrives. No medication will be administered without written parent permission. It is imperative that you not send your child when he/she is ill or has a possibly contagious disease. In the event of a contagious ailment, please report it to the center in order that we may inform other parents as well as the health department. If staff suspects a communicable disease or contagious rash, parents will be notified and a doctors note will be required to return to childcare.

We follow the Oakland County Health Departments recommendations for excluding children from care when a contagious disease is present. The link for the reference chart is available below as well as on the main childcare page.

All children and staff are to wash hands before handling food, after use of restroom, and regularly during the day. Hand washing signs are posted on either the sink mirror or paper towel dispenser and at elementary schools.

Staff must wear gloves at all times when handling children’s bodily fluids. Hands will be washed immediately after handling fluids. Soiled clothing is removed from child and placed in a plastic bag to be sent home.

All table surfaces are cleaned and sanitized between each activity. Toys are sanitized once a week, daily in Infant and Toddler rooms, with a mixture of bleach and water. Custodians clean rooms in the evening including sinks and bathrooms.

Children exhibiting signs of infection are separated from other children and sent home immediately. All surfaces and toys are disinfected. Hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of illness so procedures are gone over with children to ensure proper technique. Parents are made aware of when their child may be excluded from child care. Communicable disease charts (follow link below) are posted for staff to be aware of symptoms.

In the event that Clawson Public Schools must close due to weather, the Clawson Childcare Center must close as well.

There would not be enough staff available during the day to care for school age children at Kenwood and Schalm.

In addition custodial staff must be present in the building when we are open. In the case of a school closing the custodial staff are not present.

You will not be charged for a school closing day. Your account will be credited for the days we must close.  

We apologize for any inconvenience this policy may cause and thank you for your patience and understanding!

Welcome to SUMMER CAMP!

Summer camp 2020 has been canceled for school age children. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused for you and your family. 

Summer whole group 2015


Summer Camp Handbook


Summer Camp Staff:

 Miss Cheryl (DK & Kdg)

 Miss Sam (1st grade)

 Melissa1 Mrs. Melissa (2nd grade)

Jen  Miss Jen (3rd grade)


  Ms. Ish (4th-5th-6th)

External LinkClawson Kids Learn
External LinkFerry Halim
External LinkKid Sites
External LinkAmerican Girl Games
External LinkFree Rice English Vocabulary
External LinkProngo Games
External LinkFun Brain
External LinkHarry Potter
External LinkKids National Geographic
External LinkFunology
External Linkiteach
External Linkabcya
External LinkMI Kids
External LinkDisney Surf Swell Island
External LinkCyber Kidz Games
External LinkPoptropica

Welcome to the Infant Room! In this area you can find general information about our room and important documents for enrolling. Please contact us if you have any questions!

     Phone number (248) 404-2605
     Director's office (248) 655-4421


PDF DocumentWelcome LetterPDF DocumentHealth Appraisal
PDF DocumentInfant Room Handbook
PDF DocumentMedication Permission Form
PDF DocumentOintment Permission Form
PDF DocumentSurvey
PDF DocumentWebsite Permission Form













  • 6:30a-9:00 – Drop off and breakfast time along with free play/exploration.
  • 9:00-11:00 – Quiet time for naps. Structured play, story time and fulfilling goals will take place for babies who are awake.
  • 11:00-1:00p – Lunchtime along with free play/exploration.
  • 1:00-3:00 - Quiet time for naps. Structured play, story time and fulfilling goals will take place for babies who are awake.
  • 2:00-3:00 – Walk. Weather permitting along with the age and health of each infant.
  • 3:00-6:00p – Snack time along with free play/exploration and pick up.

* All times are approximate and very broad due to the vast difference in each infant’s schedule. The times are based on a typical day in the infant room.
*Loving and meeting the needs of each infant is our number one goal, following a schedule and meeting goals come second.
*Diapers are changed for each infant every two hours and at every bowel movement.

Check out what we are doing in the classroom:

PDF DocumentSample Lesson Plan


Meet the Staff

Mrs. Rosemary Reinke – Assistant Teacher

Rose 106.15Mrs. Rose has worked in Clawson Childcare’s infant room since it opened in spring of 2008. She is the mother of the center’s director, Renay Swords. Rose works here in the infant room and in the toddler room. Her experience with infants comes from raising her daughter and taking care of her two Grandsons and granddaughter. Rose brings a warm, nurturing feeling to our infant room. She is from Warren where she resides with her husband.



Miss Emily - Assistant Teacher
EmilyMiss Emily has been with us since late 2015.  She is a Clawson High alumni and played soccer and softball.  She currently is attending Oakland University to attain her bachelor's degree in early childhood education.  She aspires to work with young children in a school setting.  She enjoys going up north and playing sports in her free time along with hanging out with friends.  





Our Wish List

Our center provides many of the supplies needed for every room but the supply is not unlimited. We are always in need of extra:

  • batteries
  • paper towel
  • disinfectant wipes/spray
  • hand soap/sanitizer
  • tissue

*Any donations are greatly appreciated!

External LinkAmerican Academy of Pediatrics
External LinkBaby Sign Language
External Linkbuybuy BABY
External LinkInfant Developmental Milestones
External LinkJust Mommies
External LinkMetro Parent
External LinkToy Recalls
External LinkYour Child's Health
External LinkZero to Three


The best way to reach the ones room is by calling the room 248-404-2608.



Check out what we've got planned for:

PDF DocumentLesson Plans for March 28

PDF DocumentMarch 11 Newsletter













Mrs. Cortney - Lead Teacher

Phone 248-655-4439

Discover our daily schedule and lesson plans below:

PDF DocumentDaily Schedule

PDF DocumentSample Lesson Plan

PDF DocumentSample Newsletter

Mrs. Cortney - Lead Teacher
Mrs. Cortney has worked with our center since March 2015.  She came to us after student teaching at Schalm and graduating from Baker College with her bachelor's degree in elementary education. She has been the lead in our twos room 3 years. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling up north with her husband, being a mom to her Boston terrier and spending time with family and friends.







Miss Julie - Assistant Teacher
Miss Julie has been working with children since 1975.  She started out babysitting, nannying and at in-home daycares.  She moved on to daycare centers and eventually ended up with us here in Clawson.  She's been caring for our kiddos for 10 years. She has 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.  She has enjoyed being a mother, grandmother, and caregiver for as long as she can remember.  Her passion is to help precious young minds grown and learn while in a nurturing, safe environment.  She has worked in all of our rooms and has been with our twos room for a couple of years now.  Miss Julie grew up in Royal Oak and now lives in Warren with her husband, George.  










Welcome to Lower Pre-K!

Mrs. Mary is our Lead Teacher and Caregiver

(248) 404-2607 - Direct Phone Line


Miss Mary - Lead Teacher

For the seven years I have worked at Clawson Childcare, I have been a lead caregiver for young toddlers. After completing my early childhood degree last year, I am pleased to have the opportunity to teach in the three’s room. I feel that young children learn the best through play and exploration, along with planned, meaningful experiences. Our room is filled with materials to foster this learning. I absolutely love working with young children, and I look forward to seeing you all!






Miss Jeni - Assistant Teacher
jeniJeni has been working with children for almost eighteen years and has been Mrs. Mary’s assistant for seven years. She is so excited for this new opportunity to work with the 3yr olds and dive into new adventures that are ahead of them!  Miss Jeni enjoys being crafty and exploring new art projects with the children.



Miss Caroline-Assistant Teacher

Miss Caroline has been with CCC for since summer 2015. She is a lunch/recess helper at Schalm Elementary and a crossing guard before and after school. She helps in LPK in the evenings as the day winds down. She also helps during the summer months with field trips and childcare at Baker and summer camp too.


PDF DocumentDaily Schedule 

PDF DocumentWelcome Packet 






Welcome to the Upper Pre-K Room!

We love to learn, laugh, and play!

Katie Nagrant - Lead Teacher

Direct Phone Number: 248-404-2606

PDF DocumentDaily Schedule 


Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Meet the Staff!

Mrs. Katie Nagrant - Lead Teacher
website katie1 Mrs. Katie has been with us for 4 years. She has a bachelors degree in child development from Central Michigan University. She started as our lead infant teacher and for the past two years she led our Lower Pre-K group.  She is excited to start a new adventure in Upper Pre-K with Mrs. Janet.  In her spare time, Katie loves to be outdoors hiking, biking and kayaking.  She is happily married and lives in our community of Clawson with her dog!



Mrs. Giget - Assistant Teacher
GigetMrs. Giget has worked with Clawson Child Care in the past, for a total of 2 years as of April 2016 and counting.  Her family is a part of our Clawson community as her two school-age children attend Schalm Elementary. She is a mother of 3 and is involved with her childrens' soccer and hockey adventures. She  loves doing crafts too! Mrs. Giget has worked in the elementary with the ASD program and as a lunch aide.   






Daily Schedule

6:30-8:45         Arrival, Free Choice
8:45-9:00        Clean-up, Greeting Time
9:00-9:40        Gym or Outside Time (9:00-9:20 on Tuesday and Thursday)
9:40-10:00      Large Group Time (Music and Movement and Circle Time)
10:00-10:45    Work Time (Developmentally Appropriate Center Time)
10:45-11:10     Clean-up and Recall Time
11:10-11:30    Story Time, get ready for lunch
11:30-12:15    Lunch
12:15-2:30       Rest, Gym or Outside Time
2:30-3:00         Wash hands for Snack and Snack time
3:00-4:00         Free Choice Developmental Centers in the classroom
4:00-4:30        Gym or Outside  (4:30-5:00 on Tuesday and Thursday)
4:30-6:00         Free Choice, Departure

**This schedule may change to meet the needs of the children, due to weather conditions or special occasions**

Donations would be greatly appreciated.  Items we need:

  • Tissues
  • Disinfectant Spray/Wipes
  • Magic Erasers
  • Coloring Books
  • Paper Plates
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Zip Lock Bags (gallon size)
  • Shaving Cream
  • Small Toys for the treasure box
  • Old magazines for cutting and other projects 
  • Popcorn (for special movie days)

External LinkKeep Kids Healthy
External LinkOnline Stories
External LinkParent and Preschooler Activities
External LinkPreschool Standards of Quality
External LinkStory Place
External LinkTransition to Kindergarten Parent Guide

Before and After School Care
Hours of Operation: 6:30 am-8:10 am and 3:10 pm-6:00 pm
Half Days: 11:25 am - 6:00 pm
No School Days and Vacation Weeks: 6:30 am - 6:00 pm

Please check our calendar (to the right) for details about 1/2 days and No School days and where our school-age care will be held. Care will be provided sometimes at both elementary buildings OR sometimes the kids will be bused from one to the other. These circumstances revolve around staffing and building maintenance. Please be aware of the location. We will also post signs at the buildings as a reminder.

Contact Information
Kenwood Multi-Purpose Room (248) 655-3816     Site Supervisor is Ms. Stacy Ish
Schalm Multi-Purpose Room (248) 655-4955         Site Supervisor is Miss Samantha Whitehead
These numbers are only answered during before and after school hours. If you need to speak to the director, Renay Swords, during school hours please call (248) 655-4421.

How do I register?
You can obtain paperwork from the link on the website or by contacting the main childcare office at (248) 655-4421. Once all paperwork has been completed, it is to be returned to the childcare office with the registration fee and one week deposit. Children are not considered registered until all paperwork is completed and fees are received.

PDF DocumentSchool-Aged_Care_registration_2020-21

PDF Document2020-21_dk-5_payment_schedule


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