Madison Early Childhood Center

Grades: Pre-K + GSRP | Manistee Area Public Schools

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Welcome to Madison Early Childhood Center!

From the moment your student is enrolled in Manistee Area Public Schools they become a member of our Chippewa family. Beginning with our youngest learners, each and every student is given the opportunity to identify their interests and chart a Chippewa Journey that will guide them through an individualized MAPS PreK-12 experience.

Chips Lead!

Madison Announcements

MAPS is proud to bring you our new district website

Manistee Area Public Schools has worked hard over the past 6 months developing this powerful communication tool so our MAPS family can find resources, stay up to date on activities, and easily access information daily happenings in our district. Through this process,...

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Your Madison Team

Location: 1309 Madison Rd., Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone: 231-723-5212


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Instructional Staff

 Amber Hiipakka - Pre-School Teacher Assistant

Sandy Ludwig - Pre-School Teacher & After School Program -

MAPS Great Start Readiness Program

Amy Brown, Lead Teacher

Your Chippewa Journey Begins at Madison Early Childhood Center

Located at Madison School, Madison Early Childhood Center has been a vital part of Manistee Area Public Schools early learners for over 14 years. Our program has been rated a 4 Star program from the Great Start to Quality rating system.

Our mission allows the children to learn, grow, play, and work at their individual levels all the while getting them ready for Kindergarten.  We are a tuition based program, and our teachers have a combined 35+ years of classroom experience. Children wishing to enroll in our 3 year old program which meets Tuesday/Thursday morning ($75 a month) must be 3 by December 1st, and those entering the 4 year old class Monday/Wednesday/Friday either morning or afternoon ($100 a month) must be 4 by December 1st.

At Madison Early Learning Center, Chippewa families are afforded the resources necessary to determine the best starting point for their young learners. MAPS offers a variety of programs tailored to the student and family needs.

If you have any further questions please call 398-3758 or email


Manistee Area Public Schools has teamed up with the Great Start Readiness Program and is now offering FREE four year old preschool to eligible families at Madison Elementary Early Childhood Center.
The Great Start Readiness Program is a tuition FREE preschool that prepares children for Kindergarten. Eligible students are children of Manistee County who attain the age of 4 by September 1st of the current school year. Our program offers breakfast and lunch, as well as transportation through partnership with Dial-a-Ride. 
Please complete the application on the below of this letter and return it to Jefferson Elementary or Manistee ISD. 

Commitment to our MAPS family….

It is the policy of the Manistee Area Public Schools to provide an equal opportunity for all students to learn through the curriculum offered in this district
In Manistee Area Public Schools we want all students to become:
  • Responsible citizens who are ethical, productive members of a global society; take responsibility for their own actions and physical well-being; are environmentally conscious; and contribute their time; energies, and talents for the improvement of their community and the quality of life for all.
  • Effective communicators who posses skills in written, visual, and spoken skills.
  • Self-confident individuals who demonstrate a positive self-image and are caring, sensitive and flexible human beings. Life long learners understand that learning is a process, not an event.


The mission of the Madison Elementary School Staff is to develop confident, productive citizens through challenging curriculum, parental involvement, and community support.

As Manistee Chippewas, we are all leaders in our own way. Chips Lead at school, with friends, and in the community by developing healthy relationships, using responsible decision-making and respectful communication.

T | TRUSTWORTHY — Chips always tell the truth

R | RESPECTFUL — Chips listen and are polite

A | ACCEPTING — Chips are friends to all

C | COOPERATIVE — Chips work as a team

K | KIND — Chips are thoughtful and caring

“TRACK” is the Manistee Area Public Schools global, district-wide, leaders platform that all educators, staff and students follow throughout their Chippewa Journey.  This initiative is connected to course curriculum,  extra curricular programs,  disciplinary procedures, and internal culture.

Academic Excellence
  • Exemplary, 4-ster licensing rating
  • High-quality, affordable, and flexible drop-in daycare with transportation
  • Specialized staff
  • Art, music, and physical education programming
  • Social & behavioral development programming
  • Nutritionally rated food services
  • ATP Parent Group
  • Homeschool family resources
  • Online Learning Community: Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy
Parent Involvement

Action Team for Partnership (ATP)

What is ATP?: ATP is our parent-teacher group for all of the MAPS Elementary buildings – Madison, Jefferson, and Kennedy.

The Manistee Area Public Schools parent group Action Team for Partnership (ATP) is a group of dedicated parents that spearhead projects to benefit our students. It is similar to a Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) only a little more prescriptive and based on committees, including:

  • Parenting
  • Communicating
  • Volunteering
  • Learning at Home
  • Decision Making
  • Community Collaboration

What does the ATP do?: We fundraise to help support our schools and students. We pay for field trips, school supplies, recess/playground equipment, books, staff appreciation activities, and more! We also organize many family events: Fall Carnival, Daddy-Daughter and Mother-Son nights, Holiday Caroling, Birthday Lunches, Book Fairs, and Santa Shop are some examples.

Parents who become involved in their child’s education can make a positive difference. Contact or Kenn Kott, or Kevin Schmutzler for more information or to join our ATP family.