GSRP Program

(4 years)

Great Start to Readiness Program

This program is a FREE preschool program for qualified 4 years olds. 

Families must apply online through www.washtenawpreschool.org and children must be 4 years old before December 1st.

Our GSRP classroom provides a warm, nurturing environment where each child is encouraged to embrace and build on their developmental strengths in an intentional teaching environment. As children exit the preschool phase of their lives and begin to develop as a kindergartener, our classroom is prepared to guide them through this journey.

Our GSRP classroom has two primary caregivers including a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. The classroom follows a 1:8 teacher: child ratio. The focus of each primary caregiver is to provide intentional teaching moments to meet each child’s individual needs as well as leaving room for planned activities. Because our children are learning more complex thinking and understanding, the teachers keep their day moving by planning plenty of activities in all developmental areas and make them exciting, fun, and hands on. We are able to create strong bonds, build quality relationships, and foster each child’s growth.

Our GSRP classroom is equipped with developmentally appropriate materials and equipment to enable the children to learn and grow. While the majority of learning takes place in the classroom, we continue learning outdoors twice a day where children will be able to use all senses by seeing, touching, hearing, smelling, and taking in all of the outdoor experiences. We also take walking trips to learn about the world around them on our nature path.

Because communication is the key to keeping parents involved and aware of their child’s development and growth while at the center, we will provide the following:

* Frequent conversations between teachers and parents either in person, by phone or email.

* Monthly newsletters about activities in the classroom and around the center.

* Parent/teacher conferences three times a year to discuss child assessments of development and growth.

* The opportunity to develop relationships between the classroom and the families through our family events and activities.

* Our center’s open-door policy which allows parents to visit at any time and spend time in the classroom.

Daily Schedule

8:15-8:45 am

Arrivals and Breakfast

8:45-9:00 am

Greeting Time

9:00-10:30 am

Planning/Indoor Choice/Recall Time

10:30-10:50 am

Small group time

10:50-11:20 am

Outdoor play (weather permitting).

11:20-11:35

Music and Movement

11:35-1:30 pm

Lunch will be served then transition into nap time.

1:30-1:45

Read-a-loud

1:45-2:15

Outdoor play (weather permitting)

2:15-2:30

Snack

2:30-3:15

Planning/Indoor choice/Recall and Departure

We do ask parents to provide the following for the day

* Sunscreen, and bug spray

* Two sets of extra clothes

* Nap blanket