Early Childhood FAQ's

Q. When is the first day of preschool?
A. The preschool rooms usually open the week after the elementary students begin but the assigned preschool teacher will communicate your specific start date ahead of time during the enrollment process.

Q. How does my family/child qualify for the GSRP Preschool?
A. The Great Start Readiness Program is funded by the Michigan Department of Education and has defined a list of eligibility factors. These factors will be collected during the formal application process to determine enrolled status and placement...

Q. What do I need to bring to school to apply for GSRP Preschool?
A. You should bring your child's certified birth certificate, immunization record, school physical form if completed in past year, proof of income, and proof of residence that your family resides in (current gas/electric/land line phone bill, rent/lease/mortgage document). You will be given enrollment forms to complete with the preschool teaching team and more specifics on requirements then.  If school is not in session apply online and collect these forms over the summer to be prepared.

Q. Why can't my 5 year old (Kindergarten eligible) attend the GSRP Preschool? 
A. The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) may only enroll children for the year before they are eligible for Kindergarten. Children enrolled should be at least four, but not five, by Sept 1 of the year in which they enroll in GSRP.

Q. What are my options for Kindergarten?
A. Most families enroll their child in kindergarten in their neighborhood (attendance area) school. Others apply for a transfer to another school or to one of the district's Theme Schools through the Community & Student Services office, (616) 819-2150. . Contact your elementary school office for information on the type of program and the program hours that your school offers. 

Q. What is my neighborhood (attendance area) elementary school?
A. Every student has a designated, neighborhood (attendance area) elementary, middle, and high school based on the child's home address. Sometimes the attendance area school is not the closest to your house, so please verify by contacting the Student Information Services office at (616) 819-2152 or click here for the Attendance Area Finder.

Q. Is bus transportation available for my child?
A. Bus transportation is available for students whose neighborhood (attendance area) school has bus service and meets the distance eligibility requirements. Transportation is not available for students who have transferred to a non-attendance area school. However, students selected for Theme Schools have specific guidelines for bus service, as outlined in the application. 

Q. Are the elementary school offices open during the summer?
A. Most schools close from mid-June through mid-August.  You may contact the
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