Free preschool spots available in Ottawa County

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOTV) The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) of Ottawa County has more than 1,000 openings for free and low-cost high-quality preschool for the upcoming school year for Ottawa area children who turn four by October 1, 2014.

“We’re learning many people don’t realize free preschool is available in the Ottawa area,” said Veronica Pechumer, Ottawa County Great Start Coordinator for Ottawa Area Intermediate School District (OAISD). “There are half day morning and afternoon sessions as well as full day options. And a family of four making up to $59,625 could qualify for free preschool.”

OAISD supports the local Great Start Readiness Programs to provide high-quality preschool education. OAISD works directly with school districts, community agencies, and childcare centers that provide the preschool services for families within the community.

“Preschool sets the foundation for a more successful kindergarten experience by helping children learn how to follow classroom rules, get along with others and get a base for math and reading skills,” said Tami Mannes, PhD., OAISD director of early childhood services. “Additionally, children who attend preschool are more likely to graduate high school and attend college.”

Find the GSRP application at To learn more about qualifications and find preschools in your area, visit or call (616) 796-1504.

The OAISD works collaboratively with schools and communities to meet the educational needs of students of all ages in the Ottawa area. By pooling resources and providing services regionally, the OAISD provides important programs and services to local K‐12 school districts and all charter, parochial and private schools in the most cost‐effective ways possible. To learn more about OAISD visit their website.

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