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 9 a.m. to 3 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.
|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