Quality Preschool Partners in the Shiawassee Great Start Readiness Program
Frequently Asked Preschool Questions
Is my child eligible for preschool?
Children who will turn four on or before September 1st are eligible for preschool. Your family may be eligible for state-funded, tuition-free preschool through the Great Start Readiness Program. Families and children of all abilities are encouraged to apply. For more information contact 1-866-725-7792.
How do I apply for preschool?
There are many ways in which to apply. You may submit our online application linked here to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may connect with any of our 12 locations to arrange a pickup or drop off this same application. All sites use the same basic application. GSRP programs are designed to serve families of all income levels but income-eligible families are prioritized.
What if I still have questions?
Please feel free to email email@example.com with any questions or to receive a fillable copy of an application. You may also call Stephanie Janzen, the GSRP Program Coordinator at 989-725-2581 for assistance. Any of our 12 sites would also be happy to answer any questions that you may have.
Are meals provided at preschool?
As part of the Shiawassee Great Start Readiness Program, food (meal and/or snack) is provided daily at no cost to families. All meals are provided to children in a family style within the classroom, meaning that food is served in large portions and children serve themselves. Adults sit with children and eat alongside children during meals. All meals follow recommended nutritional guidelines published by the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
How many other children will be in my child's preschool class?
Shiawassee Great Start Readiness Program classrooms typically are staffed with two teaching staff and 16 children. Classrooms can enroll no more than 18 children.
Is transportation provided?
Many preschool sites offer at least one-way transportation. If you have specific transportation questions, it is best to connect with individual sites. A list of quality preschools who participate in the Shiawassee Great Start Readiness Program is available to the left.
What is the child to staff ratio?
The ratio is one teacher per 8 children. GSRP classrooms typically are staffed with two teaching staff and 16 children. Classrooms can enroll no more than 18 children but require three adults when the 17th child is enrolled.
How long is the preschool day?
There are often both part day and school day options available. Part day classrooms are 3 to 3.5 hours in length. School day classrooms run a full school day (approximately 7 hours) in which a meal, a snack and a rest time are included.
What supplies will my child need?
All materials are provided by the program (crayons, pencils, tissue, resting cot/mat, etc.) Your child is not required to bring or provide any materials to the classroom although a backpack can be helpful.
What does a typical day look like in preschool?
All programs work diligently to maintain a consistent daily routine for children. These consistent routines assist children in knowing what to expect within their day and helps them to become more independent in moving and participating in classroom activities. Each day provides:
- Minimum 60 minutes of uninterrupted free play time
- Outdoor time (weather permitting)
- Meal time
- Small and large group teacher-led activities
GSRP programs provide play-based learning in which children learn through active engagement in hands-on activities.
How will I know how my child is doing in preschool?
Classroom teachers make communicating with families a top priority. Discuss with your child’s teacher the ways in which you most like to receive information (text, email, phone call, notes, etc.) In addition to these informal communications, many classrooms have digital ways in which to share photos or observations of the classroom day. Also, two Parent-Teacher conferences will be held at a time convenient for you during late fall and spring. Ongoing observational assessments are conducted throughout the year and your child’s progress on these observations will be shared in writing with you at least two times per year.
Will my child participate in other classes such as PE, Art, Computers?
Each of these types of experiences and opportunities are provided within each day’s daily routine within the classroom and with classroom teachers.
Is there a curriculum?
Yes. All classrooms follow the same Connect4Learning curriculum and all teaching teams have been formally trained in using the curriculum. Connect4Learning® is a research-based, classroom tested interdisciplinary prekindergarten curriculum. It integrates research-validated teaching methodologies from early childhood experts in mathematics, science, literacy, and social-emotional learning.
What if my child has allergies?
Please inform your child’s classroom teachers and center of any allergies and appropriate accommodations can be made.
What if my child needs assistance with toileting?
This is an area that many preschoolers need assistance. The intent of the program is to support greater and greater independence in this area, but all levels of assistance are available and being independent with toileting is not a requirement.
Great Start Shiawassee Preschool Programs