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Pre-Kindergarten and Great Start to Readiness Program

Daily Schedule

7 – 8:30 a.m.

Arrival/Breakfast/Wrap-around

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Arrival for GSRP/Greeting Time

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Large Group Time/Planning Time

9:15 – 10:10 a.m.

Choice time/Snack

10:10 – 10:45 a.m.

Clean-up/Recall/Small Group Time

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Read Aloud

11 – 11:30 a.m.

Outside play

11:30 a.m. – Noon

Bathroom/Wash Hands/Lunch

Noon – 12:30 p.m.

Read Aloud

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Quiet/Resting Time

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Wake/Bathroom/Snack

2 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

Planning/Choice Time/Clean-up/Recall

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Outside/Dismissal for GSRP

3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Wrap-around/School-Age snack/Choice Time/Outside play

Frequently asked questions about our Pre-Kindergarten and GSRP Program

How old does my child need to be to participate in the Pre-Kindergarten Program?
Children who are 4 years old by October 1st 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. - 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. You may choose an hourly schedule or weekly.

What is GSRP?
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) provides four year old children from eligible families with a low- to no-cost preschool experience. GSRP participants are required to attend at least 4 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 Pre-K program

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

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: