Pre-Kindergarten and Great Start to Readiness Program

Frequently asked questions

How old does my child need to be to participate in the Pre-Kindergarten Program? 

Children who are 4 years old by September 1 are eligible to participate in the Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program. The Pre-Kindergarten program is a full day/full week program. Alternative scheduling is available in our preschool program for children 3 years old and up.

What days and times are the Pre-Kindergarten and GSRP program? 

Our Pre-Kindergarten and GSRP program will run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children are required to attend four to five days each week to take advantage of the Pre-K curriculum. The Pre-Kindergarten program will follow Western Michigan University’s academic calendar for fall and spring terms.

Is care available before and after the Pre-K program? 

Yes, wrap-around care is available before and after the Pre-Kindergarten program. Wrap-around care is typically billed at the hourly rate.

What is GSRP? 

The Great Start Readiness Program provides four year old children from eligible families with a low- to no-cost preschool experience. GSRP participants are required to attend at least 5 days per week. Upon acceptance into the program, the child’s teacher will contact the family prior to the beginning of school to set up a time to meet and discuss goals for the coming school year.

What makes the Pre-Kindergarten program different? 

Our Pre-K program's goals align with the readiness skills needed to be successful in kindergarten. Using the creative curriculum, the children are involved in long-term studies that allow us to explore specific concepts in more depth, along with on and off-campus field trips.

More about the program

Our curriculum covers all areas of social, physical and cognitive development. Here are some of the individual child goals included in our curriculum:

  • Participates cooperatively with other children
  • Identifies letters of the alphabet
  • Writes own name
  • Counts objects
  • Classifies items based on characteristics
  • Demonstrates emerging reading skills

What is a long-term study? 

In a long-term study, we choose a topic that is of interest to the children. We then explore the topic in depth over five to seven weeks. These studies often take the form of a question to be answered or explored.

Here's an example of some of the questions we might ask if we were studying buildings:

  • What do we already know about buildings?
  • What do we want to know about buildings?
  • What do the buildings look like in our neighborhoods and on campus?
  • Who builds the buildings?
  • What tools do they use to build?
  • What are buildings made of?

These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

Typical Daily schedule
HoursEvents
7 to 8:30 a.m. Arrival/Breakfast/Wrap-around
8:30 to 8:45 a.m. Arrival for GSRP/Greeting time
8:45 to 9:15 a.m. Large group time/Planning time
9:15 to 10:10 a.m. Choice time/Snack
10:10 to 10:45 a.m. Clean-up/Recall/Small group time
10:45 to 11 a.m. Read Aloud
11 to 11:30 a.m. Outside play
11:30 a.m. to noon Bathroom/Wash hands/Lunch
Noon to 12:30 p.m. Read aloud
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Quiet/Resting time
1:30 to 2 p.m. Wake/Bathroom/Snack
2 to 3:10 p.m. Planning/Choice time/Clean-up/Recall
3 to 3:30 p.m. Outside/Dismissal for GSRP
3:30 to 6 p.m. Wrap-around/School age snack/Choice time/Outside play