Vision StatementWorldClass

We will provide world-class early childhood experiences for the young children of Grand Rapids.

Mission Statement

Through a partnership with families our mission is to model child centered, play based environments that support critical thinking skills, develop positive self-esteems, and facilitate independence and competence.


The Grand Rapids Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program teaches in ways that match how children develop and learn.  Our early childhood professionals make decisions about the education of children on the following information: NAEYC child development recommendations of how children learn, individual strengths and interests of each child, and incorporating the children’s interests, families, and community into our classrooms.