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Preschool

Oakridge Public Schools offers two programs for our 3 and 4 year old students:

Great Start Readiness Preschool (GSRP)

Four years ago Michigan made a bold statement by becoming a national leader in early childhood education. The $243
million investment in the Great Start Readiness Program held great promise as it was ushered in with support from
the governor, legislature, education, business and philanthropic communities. The research was clear, invest early
and reap the benefits of improved outcomes for kids. It’s now been four years since the expansion took place. The
results are in with the first group of GSRP children taking the third grade M-STEP test last spring.

For the West Michigan region, the promise held true as GSRP children – who are virtually all economically
disadvantaged – outperformed their peers who may or may not have had an early childhood experience across the state
by roughly 19 percent in reading and 16 percent in math. Furthermore, they outperformed all Michigan students, whom
less than half qualify as economically disadvantaged, by roughly 2 percent in reading and 1.3 percent in
Math.

For those who ask “is GSRP making a difference?” The answer is unequivocally yes. The resources put into this
program produced a substantial return on investment. There is certainly more work to be done to improve academic
outcomes for Michigan students, but early childhood education is clearly paying big dividends for students.

What is GSRP?
GSRP is a state-funded program that is FREE to families who qualify based on income and/or a combination of family
life and risk factors.Qualifications:
– Must be able to meet state qualifying factors.
– Students must reside in the Oakridge Public Schools District.
– Must be 4 years old by September 1 of the current school year.Cost:  Free
Location:  Oakridge Early Childhood Center – 1050 S. Carr Road  Muskegon  231-788-7157
Session Times:  Full day classes are held Monday through Thursday
Transportation:  parents must provide transportation
Meals:  Lunch and snack is provided

Call 788-7157 to set up an appointment.

Please stop by the Lower Elementary office at 120 N. Park St. or the Early Childhood Center at 1050 S. Carr Road
for a registration packet. All required materials need to be submitted before your child can be placed in a
classroom.

 

Head Start Preschool

What is Head Start?
Head Start is a free preschool program sponsored by funds from the Federal Department of Health & Human
Services. The goal of Head Start is to increase school readiness of young children in low income families.  Oakridge
is in consortium with Orchard View and Ravenna for our Head Start program.  Orchard View manages the program and all
enrollments.

Qualifications:
– Students must reside in the Oakridge Public Schools District and be age 3 or 4 by September 1 of the current
school year.
– Families must also meet income eligibility requirements.

Cost: Free
Location: Orchard View Community Education or Ravenna ECC
Session Times: Morning or afternoon classes Monday through Thursday each week.
Meals: Nutritious meals are provided.
Transportation: Transportation is provided.

For more information, please contact Orchard View Community Education 231-760-1787