Chances are, if you hear someone in Rochester Hills say,
"You are having a proud day!"
They have spent some time with Mrs. Mann.
First Friends has educated hundreds of children since 1994. It was founded by Herb and Marrietta Mann, the parents of three wonderful children. First Friends is a family-owned business with a professional, talented, and dedicated staff. Marrietta Mann, the Director/Lead Teacher, received her education from Bowling Green State University. She holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and a B.S. degree in Learning and Behavioral Disorders.
First Friends is committed to providing young children with an exceptional education and it recognizes the important partnership between home and school.
FF builds skills in literacy, math, music, art, science, and social studies.
The entry level Pre-K 3 program has an emphasis on socialization and emergent reading and writing skills. The Pre-K 4 program formalizes those reading and writing skills and provides all the necessary tools to ensure each child's smooth transition to kindergarten. A theme based project is available daily. The themes are relevant to young children, they are literature based, and most importantly, they are FUN!
About First Friends
Children enjoy our class pets
Healthy snacks provided daily
Family members are
in the classroom
We take ordinary, and make it extraordinary!
A Note from the Director
Preparing children for success in school happens long before that first day of kindergarten. Lessons learned at preschool, are today, the stepping stones to success.
At First Friends, we maintain a bright well-equipped classroom as the backdrop for our child-centered program. We offer a multi-sensory play-based curriculum, with a student/teacher ratio of 5:1. Through Learning Centers, children enjoy many hands-on experiences, terrific tactile textures, and materials that stimulate creative expression.
At First Friends we are committed to helping all children become good readers, good writers, good communicators, and good citizens! Each school day guides the children towards being the best that they can be. Each day is balanced with opportunities to promote confidence, self-esteem, and responsibility. There isn't a day that goes by that a child doesn't say, "I'm having a proud day..."
In addition, and most importantly, we offer an exemplary pro-social approach to behavior, with an emphasis on respecting themselves and respecting others. At First Friends, we don't look for gifted children, but the gifts that each child has. I tell my staff that everyone brings gifts to the party and it is our job to recognize and appreciate those gifts.
First Friends is a wonderful place to laugh, to learn, and to be loved! At First Friends children are excited EVERY day to come to school. Come share our program and find out why
"First Friends are BEST friends!"
Hours and Calendar
Our program runs from September through June
We offer morning classes 9:00 - 11:30 AM
We offer afternoon classes 12:30 - 3:00 PM
Pre - K 3 classes meets Tuesday / Thursday
Pre - K 4 classes meets Monday / Wednesday / Friday
Pre-K 3: Children must be 3 years old to attend
Pre-K 4: Children must be 4 years old to attend
Children must be toilet trained
Parents must complete a Registration Form, Health Appraisal, and Child Information Card