Grandville Public School District

Preschool

Phone: (616) 254-6554

What Type of Program Do We Offer?

Our preschool balances structured with unstructured activities. In daily free play, children select their own activities from a variety of planned projects. Within the limits of safety and courtesy to classmates, we allow them to explore, improve motor skills, create an imaginary world, and ready themselves for future schooling. In small and large group activities, our staff provides more structured opportunities for each child's involvement. We are not providing academic programs that duplicate the kindergarten experiences to come.
 
Highly endorsed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, The Creative Curriculum is the guidepost for the district’s preschool teachers. The teachers use open-ended, hands-on activities that appeal to a wide range of learning styles, including visual, kinesthetic and auditory learners.
 

How Can Your Child Benefit?

Our program gives your preschooler the opportunity to explore, create and interact while learning to feel comfortable in a school routine. We foster each child's emotional, intellectual and social growth and individualize instruction.
 

Who Operates the Preschool?

Our preschool is a nonprofit program operated through the Community Education Program of Grandville Public Schools. The tuition paid by parents pays the instructors, buys supplies and provides a daily nutritious snack. Grandville preschool teachers possess either a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree in early childhood education, and they are also certified in CPR and First Aid.


What Classes are Offered?

  • 3-year-old preschool
  • 3- and 4-year-old combination preschool
  • 4-year-old preschool
 
How Can You Enroll Your Child?
  • Registration for Community Education tuition-based preschool programs may be completed in the Community Education office, 3843 Prairie, SW. A $50 non-refundable enrollment fee is due at the time of registration.
  • Call the 254-6554 (option 1) for more information.

2017-18 Program Details
 
3-year-old Preschool (32 weeks)
  • Tuesday/Thursday (a.m.)
  • September-May
  • Children must be three years old by Sept. 1, 2017
 
3- and 4-year-old Combination Preschool (32 weeks)
  • Monday-Wednesday-Friday (a.m.)
  • September-May
  • Children must be three years old by Sept. 1, 2017, and four years old by Sept. 1, 2017

4-year-old Program (32 weeks)
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (a.m. or p.m.)
  • September – May
  • Children must be four years old by Sept. 1, 2017
 

Cost for 32 weeks

  • $690/year for two half-day programs (3 year olds)
  • $900/year for three half-day programs (3- and 4-year-old combination)
  • $1,110/year for four half-day programs (4 year olds)
*plus a non-refundable $50 enrollment fee (this fee does not apply toward tuition)
 

Great Start Readiness Preschool

The Great Start Readiness Program is a developmentally appropriate program that helps prepare children for later school success. This free program, funded by a Michigan Department of Education grant and monitored by the state, helps provide area four-year-olds with the skills that will help them succeed in school and in life. Research shows that the earlier children are reached with academic and social lessons, the more likely they will succeed later in school and in life. This program allows children who may not generally have the chance to get the benefits of a quality preschool to get the skills needed to start kindergarten prepared.

About GSRP

Two programs are available: half days, Monday through Thursday or all day, Monday through Thursday. The program is licensed and staffed by experienced teachers certified in early childhood education. Children are stimulated, guided and encouraged in carefully planned activities that allow for development at their own rate.

Great Start Readiness Preschool recognizes that parents are children's first and most important teachers. Therefore, the program has a substantial outreach to families, including home visits, workshops and group meetings. Parents are also required to participate in the classroom.

Staff use developmentally appropriate practices, such as:

  • engaging children as active learners
  • individualizing work
  • allowing children to move at their own pace
  • encouraging children to use language for expressing ideas
  • praising children for their accomplishments and viewing errors as normal development
 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the program, the child must be four years old by Sept. 1 of the year the child is applying and living in the Grandville School District. Also, two of eight state-developed criteria must be met, e.g., income factors. Information on eligibility is gathered through a confidential application and interview process. Call 254-6554 (option 2) for info.

Early Childhood Special Ed

The Early Childhood Special Education program meets the needs of children ages 3 to 5 years who have developmental delays. Eligibility is determined by evaluations conducted by an early childhood diagnostic team. The staff then develops an Individualized Education Plan for qualified children. Services may include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and/or social work. Parents receive support and instruction sessions.
 
The 3- and 4-year-old ECSE program currently meets mornings, Monday through Thursday. The 4- to 5-year-old ECSE program currently meets afternoons, Monday through Thursday. Classes are held for the full school year.
 
Call 254-6554 (option 3) for more information about ECSE.