On November 20th, Great Start Readiness Program Preschool held a Family Game Night for their preschoolers and their families. All family members were invited and rotated to stations where they could play a variety of games. Family members were able to make their own game board together and received a goody bag to take home. It was a fun night!
Gobles Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) recently earned a five star rating from Great Start to Quality. Standards set by Great Start to Quality are used to rate child care and preschool programs to ensure that Michigan’s youngest children have high-quality early learning experiences. The standards set by Great Start to Quality go above and beyond the Michigan’s registration procedures or licensing requirements.
Programs are rated in five key areas: staff qualifications and professional development, family and community partnerships, administration and management, environment, curriculum and instruction. A program receiving a five star rating demonstrates the highest quality.
Congratulations to our Great Start Readiness Program!
The new Great Start Readiness Program at Gobles Elementary has received high praise coming at it from two directions. The program received very high scores in a February formal audit by a GSRP specialist from Van Buren County, and also praise from parents who have seen tremendous growth in their students this school year in the program designed to get those students ready for success in kindergarten and beyond.
The Gobles program received the highest possible marks for such elements as the learning environment, the quality of staff, parent and family services, and program management. The audit also found that the program is doing a very high quality job preparing students to enter kindergarten.
According to the reviewer, the Gobles program is especially powerful for the ways it integrates the family of students into the program with the children, so that the entire family is preparing that child for kindergarten together. Gobles' Great Start Readiness Program includes many special programs in the evening, and a great deal of school to home communication, so that all the adults in the life of each student are on the same page when it comes to success in school.
Parents reported on surveys that they have seen their children gain confidence and independence, plus also growth in etiquette and life skills. One parent said the difference in her daughter is due to the quality of the teachers.
“Mrs. Lower and Ms. Kahl are amazing teachers and care so much for the teachers,” she reported. “My child is in a safe and productive environment that better prepares her for the next years in school.”