Great Start Readiness Preschool Program
Preschool Applications for the Great Start Readiness Preschool will be taken Wed. March 22 at the district open house. This program is available to all Macomb County residents turning 4 by Sept. 1, 2017 if you qualify. Please be sure to bring all necessary documents. The documents include: child's birth certificate, child's immunization record, parent's 2016 1040 taxes (get them done early) and a proof of residency within Macomb County (this must be a utility bill; does not include a driver's license or social security card). Applications will also be available some Fridays by appointment after March 22. Please e-mail email@example.com to make an appointment on a Friday.
The Lake Shore Great Start Readiness Preschool (LSGSRP) recognizes that each child has the right to enter school ready to learn. Families come with many needs, and societal and cultural factors may impact a child's readiness to learn. It is the philosophy of LSGSRP to provide an early learning environment that:
- Acknowledges that each child is a whole person whose growth and development occurs in specific, predictable, sequential and continuous stages that can be positively impacted through quality experiences.
- Encourages and challenges each child to safely explore, create, speculate, experiment, and evaluate.
- Openly welcomes and enlists parents as vital partners in their children's educational endeavors, to focus learning in the context of the family.
- Children must be 4 years old, but not 5, by Sept. 1.
- The program is free to children who qualify. The program is funded by a grant from the Michigan State Department of Education.
- Some of the qualifications include: speech and language problems, limited English or limited English speaking in household, delayed motor development, learning problems, low income, teenage parent, under-employment/unemployment, single-parent family, a parent without a high school diploma, long-term or chronic illness of child, parent, brother or sister, and many other special needs or situations.
- The preschool operates Monday through Thursday, a.m. or p.m. classes.
- Each session is 3 hours long.
- Class size is 16 students per session (with one teacher and one para-pro).
- Age-appropriate pre-kindergarten readiness activities are designed to meet the developmental needs of the whole child.
- The curriculum is based on the High/Scope Preschool Experiences and includes learning the alphabet and pre-reading skills.
- The preschool program starts in mid-September and goes through mid-May.