APS Preschool Programs

Preschool

PRESCHOOL 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.

All our 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.

WEE ONES PRESCHOOL

Wee Ones PreschoolWee Ones Preschool embraces the philosophy that each child has great potential and will develop at his/her individual pace.  Children learn best in a creative, relaxed atmosphere.  With staff support, children learn to make decisions, solve problems, share and take turns, listen and follow directions, and discover more about others, and develop positive self-esteem.  

Wee Ones curriculum works to develop key skills through large/small groups integrating play, music, art and literacy. The curriculum focuses on the social, emotional, intellectual, auditory, visual and physical development of the preschool age child.
    
Children must be 3 years old * or 4 years old + by September 1 to attend the Wee Ones programs. Wee Ones is staffed by a professionally trained teacher and a paraprofessional who is Child Development Associate (CDA) certified.  All staff are certified in First Aid and CPR. Classes run 30 weeks, based on two 15-week semesters, following the Evergreen Elementary School calendar. Children need to be fully potty-trained by first day of school unless medical conditions exist that have caused a developmental delay.

Class Schedule for 3-year-olds
Children must be 3 years old by September 1

9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
3 Days: Monday - Wednesday - Friday
2 Days: Tuesday-Thursday


Class Schedule for 4-year-olds
Children must be 4 years old by September 1. Requests for birth dates between September 1 and December 1 will be considered.

9 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
4 Days: Monday - Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday
3 Days: Monday - Wednesday - Friday
2 Days: Tuesday - Thursday

Tuition & Fees
A $40 registration fee is due when the child is enrolled. Cash or check only are accepted at this time.

  • 3-year-olds (2 Days/Week) = $900
  • 3-year-olds (3 Days/Week) = $1,300
  • 4-year-olds (2 Days/Week) = $950
  • 4-year-olds (3 Days/Week) = $1,350
  • 4-year-olds (4 Days/Week) = $1,600

50% of tuition is due by August 15, with balance due by the first day of second semester (mid-January).  A monthly payment plan is available through the APS District Office.

GREAT START READINESS PROGRAM (GRSP)

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)Great Start Readiness Preschool (GSRP) is a free program for 4-year-olds who are income eligible or meet other qualifications. GSRP applications are accepted year-round.  If the program is full, applicants’ names will be placed on a waiting list for any available openings.  

Great Start Readiness Program provides a loving environment for children to learn and grow their creative, social, academic and motor skills. The APS Great Start Readiness Program uses Creative Curriculum, along with Handwriting Without Tears, to guide students toward school readiness. Children need to be fully potty-trained by first day of school unless medical conditions exist that have caused a developmental delay.

Children attending GSRP must be 4 years old  by September 1. GSRP is staffed by a teacher who holds a Michigan teaching certificate with an Early Childhood endorsement, and a paraprofessional who is Child Development Associate (CDA) certified.  All staff are certified in First Aid and CPR. GSRP classes are half-days on Mondays through Thursdays.  

GSRP welcomes parents as partners in this program.  Parents may be involved in parent/family workshops, classroom visits, volunteer activities, two (2) parent/teacher conferences and two home visits, scheduled for the beginning and end of the school year. 

GSRP provides tuition assistance through the Michigan Department of Education. For information on qualifying, registration and more, please contact the APS District Office at 892-5570 or stop in at 10505 Learning Lane - Door A.

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (ECSE)

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) is a special education preschool program designed to foster and develop basic learning skills for children with physical, cognitive, language, hearing, visual, emotional or autism spectrum disorder impairments. The ECSE team prepares the children for and provides them with the skills they need to make a successful transition to elementary school.  Children who qualify for the program receive specialized instruction from certified staff.  It is designed to meet the individual needs of each child.

ECSE is for 3- to 5-year-olds. Eligibility is determined by evaluations conducted by an early childhood diagnostic team. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is written for qualified children. Services may include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and/or social work. Parents receive support and instruction sessions.

NEW! PRESCHOOL WRAP-AROUND PROGRAM

An extension of our regular preschool program, Preschool Wrap-around is care that is offered after the class in which a preschool student is enrolled. It is located in the Preschool Wing of the Allendale Early Childhood Center (ECC).

Preschool Wrap-around staff is professionally trained and certified in first aid and CPR. The staff works jointly with all preschool classrooms, using the same curricula to best meet the individual needs of every APS preschooler.

Schedule and Fees
 

  • Following afternoon-only preschool (approximately 3:15 - 6 p.m.) = $10/child
  • Following morning preschool (approximately 11:15 a.m. - 6 pm.) = $30/child

Lunch and snacks are included. Student must be enrolled in an APS preschool classroom.

 

ENROLLMENT

To enroll in an Allendale preschool program, please visit the 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.

2019-2020 preschool programs at-A-glance

 

Wee Ones for
3-year-olds

Wee Ones for
4-year-olds

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-years-old

4-years-old

4-years-old

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.

Tuition

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

Transportation

No

No

Yes

Yes

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