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Free preschool available to Kent County low-income families


Patrick Center
June 4, 2014 | WGVU   “It’s very important that we have the availability of preschool for as many children as we can reach throughout the county.”

Mike Ghareeb is director of early childhood education for Kent Intermediate School District.

“Especially those in impoverished areas who can’t afford to send children to a paid preschool site that’s really our goal here with the free preschool advertising campaign and free preschool offerings that we have here at Kent ISD.”

If your child turns 3 or 4-years old by October 1st they could be eligible. The awareness campaign says, “Families qualify for free preschool based on their income or other factors such as special needs, foster care, or high risks. Guidelines vary based on the age of the child.”

“It just prepares them for school readiness much better than if they had no experience at all and we really feel that we all have quality programming that can go above and beyond what we’ve seen in the past making sure that all children are ready when they go into kindergarten we know that early readiness is also going to increase the odds that children are literate and can read at proficient levels by third grade which is another goal of our state and country at this time.”

There are two ways to find out if their children qualify by logging on to www.freepreschoolkent.org or calling 616-447-2409.

Additional Great Start Readiness Programs are provided by Kent ISD through the following school districts:
Byron Center Public Schools
Caledonia Community Schools
Cedar Springs Public Schools
Comstock Park Public Schools
Forest Hills Public Schools
Godfrey Lee Public Schools
Godwin Heights Public Schools
Grandville Public Schools
Kelloggsville Public Schools
Kenowa Hills Public Schools
Kent City Community Schools
Kentwood Public Schools
Lowell Area Schools
Northview Public Schools
Rockford Public Schools
Sparta Area Schools
Thornapple Kellogg Schools
Wyoming Public Schools
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