APS Early Childhood Program

Early Childhood Programs


Allendale Public Schools provides a comprehensive early childhood education program, in partnership with families, to help children prepare for a successful school career. Early childhood education improves the emotional, social and physical development of young children.  High quality, developmentally appropriate programs positively affect children’s cognitive abilities and social development.

The early childhood program offers families three preschool options to choose from based on their needs.  The Wee Ones Preschool for three- and four-year-old children is a traditional, tuition-based half-day preschool program, designed to prepare students for success in their school career.  The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a free, state-funded program for four-year-old (4) children who qualify.  Families must meet income eligibility and/or risk factors established by the state. The Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program offers special instruction and related services provided to young children, who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA, Part B, Section 619).

Also, new in 2019, we are offering Wrap-around Preschool for after hours care. Students must be enrolled in an APS Prescshool classroom to be enrolled in the Wrap around program.

All Allendale preschool programs provide safe, happy learning environments, staffed by qualified professionals.  Teaching staff strive to meet individual learning needs and styles with an integrated curriculum.  Children have many opportunities to learn new skills, explore new information, and build a positive self-image. Preschool learners participate in imaginative play, improve motor skills, develop relationships, and prepare for kindergarten and beyond.

Activities include:

  • Center playtime
  • Age appropriate projects
  • Circle time with songs and stories   
  • Large muscle activities
  • Sensory Activities
  • Snack Time
  • Field Trips


To enroll in an Allendale preschool program, please visit our District Office located in Oakwood Intermediate School, 10505 Learning Lane in Allendale (use Entrance A).

Parents/guardians should be prepared to provide the following documents:

  • Child’s original birth certificate (no copies)
  • Immunization record (DPT, Polio, MMR, Varicella,  Hepatitis B) or Waiver
  • Health Appraisal form completed and signed by a physician.

Families wishing to enroll in the Great Start Readiness Program must also provide proof of residency, such as a utility bill, lease or mortgage agreement, and proof of income (W-2 or paycheck stub).

If you have questions or need additional information regarding Preschool Enrollment, please call the District Office at 616-892-5570.



Wee Ones for

Wee Ones for

Great Start
Readiness Program (GSRP)

Early Childhood Special Education  (ECSE)

Children served

Child must be 3 years by Sept. 1 of starting year and fully toilet trained (exceptions made for documented medical conditions)

Child must be 4 years by Sept. 1 of starting year and fully toilet trained (exceptions made for documented medical conditions)

Children who would benefit from a free preschool program based on income eligibility or other risk factors

Children who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA, Part B, Section 619) for special education services.

Ages served




3- to 5-years-old

Class times


9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

2 Days:

Mon. & Wed.

Tues. & Thurs.


9 a.m. - 11: 45 a.m.

4 Days: Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs.

3 Days: Mon. - Wed. - Fri.

2 Days: Tue. & Thurs.

8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mon. - Thurs.


8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Mon. - Thurs.


2 Days = $900

3 Days = $1,300

2 Days = $950

3 Days = $1,350

4 Days = $1,600

State-funded, income based for those who qualify

No tuition; State-funded public education






Services offered


  • Tuition-based program
  • A positive transition from home to school
  • An opportunity to play and learn cooperatively with peers and adults
  • Beginning exposure to routines and transitions
  • An introduction to  Zoophonics
  • Theme-based hands-on learning activities


  • Tuition-based program
  • Kindergarten readiness program
  • Zoophonics
  • Literacy-based learning
  • Pre-math activities
  • Play-based learning environment
  • Language-based learning
  • Opportunity to build social skills including cooperation and listening



  • State-funded, income based program
  • Low child to teacher ratio
  • Integrated kindergarten readiness curriculum
  • Play-based learning environment
  • Language based learning
  • Opportunity to build social skills including cooperation and listening


  • State-funded public education
  • Individualized Education Plan established for each student
  • Speech and language, occupational, physical therapies available as prescribed by IEP
  • School social work services


Wee Ones 3-year-olds
Beth Suits, Teacher

Wee Ones 4-year-olds
Cyndie Walstra, Teacher

Great Start Readiness Program
Tricia Hallack , Teacher
Dawn Koekkoek, Teacher

Early Childhood Special Education
Amanda Mitchell, Teacher
or Special Education Office