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Enrollment now open for Great Start Readiness Program

All Districts — Enrollment for the Kent ISD Great Start Readiness Program has opened, with an open house scheduled for late April. 

“Enrollment in affordable, high-quality preschool is one of the best ways to prepare children for success in school and life,” said Kent ISD Director of Early Childhood Ashley Karsten. “We are excited to be able to offer the Great Start Readiness Program preschool to more families next year.”

Families that meet income requirements, which for a family of four is an income of $90,000, are eligible to receive free preschool for their children who turn 4 by Dec. 1. Families who are above in the income requirement may enroll their children for a small fee.

Karsten said there are many openings through Kent ISD public school districts and in community-based programs such as Childtime, Tutor Time, YMCA and Milestone centers. 

Most locations offer preschool Monday through Thursday, with some GSRP classrooms offering preschool on Fridays. Families interested in the five-day option must call GSRP at 616-447-2409 to find locations where this option is available. 

Enrollment is open as long as spots are available; visit www.freepreschoolkent.org to apply online, learn more about schedules or find a list of preschool sites. 

GSRP also will host a “Pre-School: Here I Come Open House” on April 25 and 26. You can see the schedule of events at this link.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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