EMU's Children's Institute wins grant for summer Great Start Readiness program

Nine-week preschool program to help children prepare for school

by Pamela Young, Published May 22, 2014

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YPSILANTI – Thanks to a new $53,940 grant by the Michigan Department of Education, Eastern Michigan University’s Children’s Institute will offer a summer Great Start Readiness program (GRSP) starting in June.

A Great Start Readiness program is currently available at the Institute during the school year.

The new summer program is a nine-week preschool program geared to children who are currently four years old and entering kindergarten in Sept. 2014. Sixteen children will be admitted. The program will run four days a week, from June 16 through August 15, at the Institute, located in the Fletcher building, 1055 Cornell Rd. in Ypsilanti.  The fee is income-based and free for families who qualify.   

“This is the first time that a summer GRSP program will be offered at our Institute,” said Chris Finch, director of the Children’s Institute. “The program will help children prepare for school and provide experiences that will help them develop social, emotional, physical and academic skills and a love of learning. We’re excited to be able to offer this program to children who might not have had a preschool program.”

Children will attend preschool from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the program includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. A Friday program is available for a nominal cost.

The award is funded through the Washtenaw Intermediate School District.

The Michigan Department of Education previously renewed a $191,775 grant last fall to support the Institute’s Great Start Readiness Program already in place during the school year.

The grant, also funded through the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, is specifically for making preschool available to families with children who will enroll in kindergarten the following year. Without preschool, many of these children would be at risk of becoming educationally disadvantaged.

Children receive at least 32 weeks of full day of preschool. Parent education, family fun nights, parent-teacher conferences and classroom participation are included.

The Children’s Institute provides high-quality education and childcare for children 18 months through six years of age. It is open to Eastern Michigan students and employees and the surrounding communities. It also serves as the training site for EMU students majoring in early childhood education.

For more information, call 734-487-2348 or visit http://www.emich.edu/childrensinstitute/

Pamela Young

pyoung@emich.edu

734.487.4400

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