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Grand Rapids Public Schools

1331 Franklin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI

Starting at $0/hr

Free and sliding scale preschool tuition options are provided to eligible families through the Great Start Readiness Program grant at 26 sites throughout Grand Rapids.
Through a partnership with families, our collaborative mission is to provide students with a world-class pre-kindergarten education using a proven approach and best practices. We teach every student using play based environments that support critical thinking skills, develop positive self-esteem, facilitate independence, and build an excitement for life-long learning.

Our preschool classrooms are not only safe and nurturing environments, but also places where students build strong foundations in the content areas of:
Language Arts and Literacy
Mathematics and Numeracy
Science and Technology
Social Studies
The Arts

We teach these areas using a research-based curriculum, known as Creative Curriculum, which is aligned to the Michigan Department of Education s Early Childhood Standards of Quality. This supports our teachers, who keep the content challenging while engaging children based on their unique interests. The Great Start Readiness Program is the state grant which provides funding for these tuition-free preschool rooms, which help prepare children for kindergarten.

Our preschool environments offer quiet and active work and play, as well as individualized and group focused teaching activities. Children have opportunities to build social skills daily by making decisions, solving problems, sharing, taking turns, following directions, listening, creating, discovering friendships, and above all building a love for learning!

For those who may need extra supports in reaching developmental benchmarks, our preschool environments also provide access and opportunities to receive intervention, as well as specialized instruction and services. In using an individualized, data-based approach to student learning, we are able to adapt and customize the setting to optimize student growth for all learners.

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FAQs for finding preschools in Grand Rapids

In 2021 what types of preschool can I find near me in Grand Rapids, MI?
There are two main types of preschool programs you can send your kids to in Grand Rapids, MI. The first is a full-time preschool program that usually works well for parents working full-time shifts. The second is a part-time preschool program where you can enroll your child for 2-3 days per week and typically choose between a morning or afternoon shift. A part-time preschool can be a great option if you want to ease the transition of this new learning experience for your child. You can also check your options in Grand Rapids, MI for traditional preschool centers, or private home-based preschools.
What should I look for in a good preschool program in Grand Rapids, MI?
When you begin looking for preschools in Grand Rapids, MI ask about the ratio of learning time to supervised play time so you can get a good sense of whether you believe your child's needs will be met. From there, ask about what a typical day consists of, what the safety protocols are and how discipline will be handled. Also, make sure to check directly with the preschool for information about their local licensing and credentials in Grand Rapids, MI.
How can I find a preschool near me in Grand Rapids, MI?
There are currently 35 preschools in Grand Rapids, MI on Care.com and you can filter these local results by distance from your zip code. From there, you can compare between preschool programs by traditional facility-based preschools and private, in-home preschools. Be sure to check reviews from other families in Grand Rapids, MI who have previously sent their kids to any of the preschools you are interested in.