A 'great start'

Jeffers Elementary School will open its doors to preschoolers this fall.
Krystle Wagner
Jun 7, 2013


Spring Lake Public Schools will partner with the state and Ottawa Area Intermediate School District to bring a Great Start Readiness Preschool to eligible families.

Jeffers Principal Shelley Peets said school officials want to reach out to families who might not otherwise have the opportunity to seek preschool for their children.

“Not everyone can take advantage of because it can be costly,” she said.

The district has 32 spots available this fall for children who are 4 years old by November. Parents can apply for the program until all of the spaces are filled.

Parents have the option of signing their child up for the morning or afternoon session. Each session meets for three hours.

Eligible families must meet certain criteria, said Tami Mannes, the early childhood coordinator for the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. She said the factors include income level, a student’s motor skills and if English is a second language for them.

The new program will require hiring a preschool teacher and paraprofessional, but state funding will pay for their salaries.

During the three-hour class, Mannes said students participate in small group time and "choice" time that allows them to get deep into play, and develop social and emotional skills.

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