What is Great Start Readiness?

Great Start Readiness is a free, state-funded preschool program for income eligible families with children who will be age four by December 1st. The Huron Valley Great Start Readiness Program serves 80 families. Enrolled children attend the program for seven hours (with breakfast, lunch, rest times and snack, requirements of the program), four days per week. Transportation to and from school may be provided.

The Great Start Readiness curriculum is based on the research-based, highly effective High Scope curriculum model developed by the Perry Preschool in Ypsilanti and is aligned with Michigan Department of Education Early Childhood Standards for Quality. Children are assessed using the Child Observation Record (COR) which corresponds to the High Scope curriculum. The results are shared with parents at conferences. Because play is the medium through which active preschoolers learn best, teachers make intentional decisions in planning activities balancing children’s interests with curriculum and Kindergarten readiness. Children choose from a variety of well-designed activities throughout each day.

Parent involvement is an extremely important part of any preschool experience and, therefore, parents are encouraged to participate. In addition, parent meetings are held throughout the year and a variety of meaningful topics are discussed.

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