GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kent County is launching its 2015 enrollment campaign for state-funded free preschool this week.
Free preschool will be available in 2015-2016 for children who are 3- or 4-years-old by Sept. 1, 2015. Half- and full-day openings are available for eligible children.
Parents who are interested can visit freepreschoolkent.org or call 616.447.2409 for more information and submit an application.
Free preschool is provided four ways:
- Grand Rapids Public Schools offer Great Start Readiness Program preschool for qualifying families in select schools, allowing children to move from preschool to kindergarten in the same building.
- Kent County offers Great Start Readiness Program preschool as well as federally-funded Head Start preschool for qualifying families in high-need areas of the county.
- Kent Intermediate School District offers Great Start Readiness Program for qualifying families in most districts, including Byron Center, Caledonia, Cedar Springs, Comstock Park, Forest Hills, Godfrey-Lee, Godwin Heights, Grandville, Kelloggsville, Kenowa Hills, Kent City, Kentwood, Lowell, Northview, Rockford, Sparta, Thornapple Kellogg and Wyoming.
- Some private schools in Kent County offer Great Start Readiness Program preschool. Participating organizations include:
- Alphabet Soup
- Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative
- Eastminster Preschool
- Everyday Wonders
- Grand Rapids Community College Lab Preschool
- Grand Rapids Early Discovery Center
- Hill Child Development
- Hope Academy
- Rainbow Childcare Center
- West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science
- YMCA of Grand Rapids