Preschool

Grand Haven Area Public Schools offers a number of preschool opportunities for students and their families. If you are unsure which program would be the best fit for your child, please refer to the program guide below. 

 

We are currently offering in-person assistance at our office. We do ask that everyone wear a mask who enters our building.  We are also answering questions and accepting registrations through email (children@ghaps.org), the drop box outside our office at 106 S. Sixth Street (the sign above the door says Child Services) and through phone (616-850-6825).

 
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time.

 

 

 

 

 

The Preschool Development Program is a tuition-based program available to students ages 3 to 5 years old. This program is attuned to current trends in early childhood education and uses Creative Curriculum, a research-based early childhood curriculum that allows teachers to focus on children's strengths and individual needs. The goal is to prepare children through the creative use of activity centers for successful entry into kindergarten. There are 16 to 18 students per class depending class, with one teacher and one assistant per class. Scholarships are available based on income.

Age: 3 - 5 Years Old

Locations: Central, Griffin, Lake Hills, Robinson and Rosy Mound.

Tuition: Preschool Development is a tuition based program, however scholarships are available for families who qualify financially.  Please contact the Child Services office at 616.850.6825 to inquire about our scholarships opportunities that are available.  
 

Daily Session: 2.5 Hours, 2 through 5 days per week options available.

 

Please provide the following to complete registration:

  • Completed Registration forms
  • Payment for your registration fee or a completed scholarship application including proof of income.
  • A Health Appraisal form signed by a parent/guardian and your child’s physician. 
  • A complete Immunization Record or a waiver signed by the Ottawa County Health Department
  • A copy of your child’s birth certificate
  • A copy of the parent's/guardian's Drivers License

These documents are required in order to complete registration and begin preschool.

 

Registration Forms

PDF DocumentPreschool Development Reg 2020-21

PDF DocumentPreschool Development Handbook

PDF DocumentField Trip Permission Form PDP

PDF DocumentParent Child Survey PDP

PDF DocumentParent Participation Agreement PDP

PDF DocumentPhoto Permission Form PDP

PDF DocumentStudent Goal Form PDP

PDF DocumentStudent History Form PDP

PDF DocumentSunscreen Authorization Form PDP

 

 

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a tuition free preschool program funded by the state of Michigan. Great Start Readiness uses Creative Curriculum, a research-based early childhood curriculum that allows teachers to focus on children's strengths and individual needs. This program is available to students who are age four by September 1. There are 16 students per class with one teacher and one assistant per class. Great Start Readiness teachers are certified with degrees in Early Childhood Education. The program enrollment is based on family income as well as other criteria. GSRP offers full day options at the following locations: Ferry, Griffin, Lake Hills, Peach Plains and Robinson.

Age: 4 Years Old by September 1st

Location: Ferry, Griffin, Lake Hills

Tuition: GSRP is free to families who qualify financially.

Daily Session: 7 Hours, Monday-Thursday

 

To complete enrollment for GSRP you will need to provide the following

  • A completed Registration Packet 
  • Proof of income - Tax Return, W2s or the last three paystubs
  • A Health Appraisal form signed by a parent/guardian and your child’s physician. 
  • A complete Immunization Record or a waiver signed by the Ottawa County Health Department
  • A copy of your child’s Birth Certificate
  • A copy of the parent or legal guardians Driver's License

These documents are required in order to complete registration and begin preschool.

 

Registration Forms

PDF Document2020-2021 GSRP Registration

PDF DocumentField Trip Permission Form GSRP

PDF DocumentParent Child Survey GSRP

PDF DocumentParent Notice of Program Measurement GSRP

PDF DocumentParent Participation Agreement GSRP

PDF DocumentParent Request to Provide Food

PDF DocumentPhoto Permission Form GSRP

PDF DocumentStudent Goal Form GSRP

PDF DocumentSunscreen Authorization Form GSRP

PDF DocumentGSRP Family Handbook 2019-20

 

The Head Start Program prepares children to be successful in kindergarten through the use of hands-on experiences and activities within the research-based Creative Curriculum program. There is an emphasis on all aspects of development (social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and fine motor skills) as well as the individual's strengths and needs. Head Start is available to three and four-year-olds. There is a food service person and Family Services Advocate. There are 17 children per class with one teacher and one assistant per class. The program enrollment is based on family income as well as other criteria.

Head Start is available at Central School.

For more information about Head Start please visit  External LinkCDS Lakeshore Head Start

Age: 3-4 Year Olds 

Location: Central School

Tuition: Head Start is free to families who qualify financially.

Daily Session: Monday-Thursday - Full Day

 

Registration Form

PDF DocumentHead Start Registration Form

 

 

The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program emphasizes working with students with disabilities to help them become prepared for kindergarten and the rest of their school career based on their individual needs. There is an emphasis on speech and language, socialization, and working toward appropriate academic skills using scientifically-based curriculum and interventions. A speech pathologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, psychologist and social worker are also on staff. The average age students involved is three through five-years-old. There are 12 students per classroom, one teacher, and up to two assistants per section. For more information about our ECSE program please contact the Special Education department at 616.850.5142

Open Door Child Care program is developed for children 3 years (36 months) through kindergarten, with the exception of the Central School site where care is available for children 3 years and over and being potty trained is not required. Early childhood teachers work with the children daily to help them prepare and flow into a school routine. Children of this young age need structure and encouragement. Staff provides this continuity along with meeting each child's needs on an individual basis. Children learn and socialize with other children to create a positive feeling about school. For more information about Open Door please visit Open Door Child Care.