Imagine a preschool where curiosity is always the right answer. Where hands get messy and discovery abounds. Where children learn together by playing together.

  • Bulldog Buddies is a Crown Point Community School Corporation preschool program for children ages 3-5. Using play-based, experiential learning and the guidelines of Indiana’s Early Learning Foundations Framework, children become lifelong learners while cultivating friendships in an inclusive environment. A child-centered approach to learning supports children’s cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development.

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  • Program Information


    There are limited spaces at select locations still open for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like to inqure about a spot for your child, please email our preschool coordinator at cterrill01@cps.k12.in.us.


    Bulldog Buddies is available for families who:

    --Have a child between the ages of 3-5 (must be 3 before August 1, 2021)

    --Live within CPCSC boundaries


    Preschool locations:

    --4 classrooms at the CPCSC Learning Center

    --2 classrooms at MacArthur Elementary

    --2 classrooms at Winfield Elementary


    Times, Days, Fees:

    --Students may attend either the morning session (9:10-11:40am) or the afternoon session (12:50-3:20pm). They cannot attend both sessions.

    --We follow the CPCSC calendar for closings and vacations.

    --All students pay an annual nonrefundable $65 supply fee plus monthly tuition.

    --If a household income meets certain federal income requirements, fees or tuiton may be waived or reduced.



    Child’s age (before 8-1-2021)

    Days per week

    Monthly fee


    2 (Tues, Thurs)



    3 (Mon, Wed, Fri)







    When enrolling in Bulldog Buddies, you will need electronic copies of the documents listed below. They can be scanned or photographed copies, but they must be clear and easy to read. You may be asked to also provide the physical documents at a later date.

    - Child’s certified birth certificate (not hospital certificate)

    - Child’s immunization record

    - Child’s social security card

    - Valid driver’s license or state photo ID with current address

    - Two documents from the following are required to prove residency: utility bills (NIPSCO, water), property deed or mortgage statement, or Lake County Tax Bill

  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


    -How is Bulldog Buddies different from a traditional pre-K program? Will my child be kindergarten ready?

    --Play-based learning is emphasized at Bulldog Buddies. Children learn best when they have space to creatively explore their environment. Even through play, children can be prepared with all of the skills outlined in the Indiana Early Learning Foundations Framework. Because Bulldog Buddies is located in our CPCSC elementary schools, students also have the benefit of preparing for their future K-5 school environment early.


    -What is meant by an "inclusive setting"?

    --An inclusive setting means that children who receive special education services are learning alongside their peers who do not receive those services - the way a classroom should be. Special education services include anything from speech or physical therapy to assistance with mild or moderate learning disabilities. Whether or not a student receives services does not impact the friendships children can form with their peers and the valuable learning that takes place between them. We are thrilled to expand what was once only a special education environment at our Learning Center to multiple locations that now include all students playing together and learning together.


    -Is Bulldog Buddies accredited or licensed?

    --Because Bulldog Buddies is in its first year, we do not have a formal accreditation or certification. However, we follow all safety guidelines and procedures of a public school because we are under Crown Point School Corporation. Unlike daycare centers, preschools do not have licensing requirements. Instead, certifications of quality are available, which will be a priority for Bulldog Buddies once we are open.


    -Is there transportation?

    --Transportation is available only for students who receive transportation as a related service in their Individual Education Plan (IEP).


    -What are the teachers’ qualifications at Bulldog Buddies?

    --Teachers will have an associate-level degree from an accredited institution in the area of early childhood. Ongoing professional development for early childhood best practices will also be provided to teaching staff.


    -I think my child has a disability or might need services like speech or other therapy. What do I do?

    --If your child is between the ages of 0-3 years old, a referral can be made through Indiana’s early intervention system called First Steps. If your child is between 3-5 years old, students may be referred to Early Childhood Development (ECD) at the Learning Center for an evaluation. You can find more information at this link.


    -What is the teacher to student ratio?

    --Each class of 15 students will have one teacher and at least one paraprofessional (teaching aide).


    -What is the approach to discipline?

    --Children can learn appropriate social skills and behaviors through redirection and positive reinforcement. Staff will understand the developmental needs of children and how to encourage their social and emotional growth. Should issues arise, communication and collaboration with parents will be important.


    -Will this program be available at other CPCSC schools in the future?

    --The plan is to expand Bulldog Buddies to each elementary school in the CPCSC school district. The timeline is subject to construction at some of our schools.


    -If the corporation is closed due to a weather-related emergency, is Bulldog Buddies still open?

    --Yes, if the corporation closes, Bulldog Buddies is closed. If there is a two-hour delay, please check the website for further information.

    If you have additional questions, please contact our preschool coordinator at (219) 663-4330 ext. 22305.