March 12, 2024

Free and Affordable Preschool for 4-Year-Olds Now Open for Fall

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Kent ISD Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is enrolling now for fall for free and affordable high-quality preschool for all families of children who turn 4 by December 1.  GSRP is the nation’s number 1 ranked preschool program.

“Enrollment in affordable, high-quality preschool is one of the best ways to prepare children for success in school and life,” said Ashley Karsten, Director of Early Childhood at Kent ISD. “We are excited to be able to offer Great Start Readiness Program preschool to more families next year!”

Many families qualify for free preschool. For example, families of 4 making up to $90,000 are eligible to receive free preschool for their 4-year-olds. Families of 4 earning more can enroll their children for a small fee.  Enrollment for next school year is open now and continues as long as spots in classrooms are available.

Families can enroll their 4-year-old children in full-day preschool classrooms throughout the area. Most locations offer preschool Monday through Thursday, and some Great Start Readiness Program classrooms are offering preschool on Fridays, too. Families interested in the five day option must call Great Start Readiness Program at 616-447-2409 to find locations where this option is available.

There are many openings throughout Kent ISD public school districts and in community based programs such as Childtime, Tutor Time, YMCA and Milestone centers. Families are encouraged to apply and learn more about openings and schedules by contacting Great Start Readiness Program at 616-447-2409 or visiting  

Please direct media inquiries to Joy Walczak, Kent ISD Communications Specialist at or 906.632.6290.