April 11, 2024

Great Start Readiness Program Hosts “Preschool, Here I Come!” Open House events

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 and they are inviting families to step inside their classrooms and meet their teachers April 25 and 26.

“Preschool, Here I Come!” open house-style events are happening Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26 at locations across Kent County and in the Thornapple-Kellogg School district area. Some locations are open both days and others are open one day only. Find all the locations and details on the “Preschool, Here I Come!” page on Kent ISD’s website.

“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 and hope to enroll many children at our open house events in April!”

Many families qualify for GSRP preschool for free. 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, with some locations offering Monday through Friday. Families interested in a five-day option must call GSRP at 616-447-2409 for location information.

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 GSRP at 616-447-2409 or visiting freepreschoolkent.org.  

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