Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

Overview

The GSRP Preschool would like to welcome you and your child to the exciting world of preschool education. We offer a FREE preschool program in Berrien County for children who are 4 years old before September 1st. Applications are reviewed for Head Start eligibility first. Each child must qualify for the preschool program based on guidelines including income verification.

Philosophy

We believe every child is unique in terms of life experience, developmental readiness, and cultural heritage. We also recognize that parents are the child's first teachers. Partnership between family and school is, therefore, essential to the optimal growth and development of young children. Our aim is to promote physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child through a consistent daily schedule.

We use curriculum aligned with Early Childhood Standards of Quality Pre-Kindergarten and supports our belief that children learn through the integration of learning and play, as children learn best by doing. We strive for balance between teacher directed and child initiated activities.

Preschool Days & Hours

The preschool classes meet Monday through Thursday with no classes on Friday.

Morning Class
M-Th 8:30am - 11:30am

Afternoon Class
M-Th 12:30pm- 3:30pm

Schedule

Although the specific times and schedule may vary in each classroom; within each 3 hour block of time, the preschool students will participate in the following:

  • Arrival, Greeting, and Planning Time
  • Large Group Learning Activities
  • Family Style Snack
  • 60 Minutes of Choice Time
  • Small Group Learning Opportunities
  • 30 Minutes of Outdoor Gross Motor Activity

Staff

Teacher: Jennifer Wallace
Teacher Assistant: Tia Flie
(269) 473-0703
jwallace@shamrocks.us

Teacher: Carmen Sherman
Teacher Assistant: Melissa Bennitt
(269) 473-0616

Principal: Dee Voss
(269) 471-1836

​We look forward to working with you and your child this year. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the year. Your comments, ideas, and questions are always welcome!