Wayne RESA Great Start Readiness Program

Pre-school aged girl playing with playdoughWhere can you find an environment filled with rich learning opportunities, 16-18 four year old little boys and girls, lots of laughter, sand and water tables to play in, paint for fingers and brushes and all happening four days a week? The answer is closer than you think.

Across Wayne County districts have been invited to join the Wayne RESA GSRP consortium to capture state funding and serve the youngest and often times most vulnerable children and families in Wayne County. The Office of Great Start has legislated funds to allow local district staff to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to boost learning while providing support for all children entering kindergarten.

In fall 2017, children must be four by September 1, 2017, have factors in their life that place them at risk for school failure, and meet an income criteria of less than 250% of the federal poverty level.

Currently WRESA partners serve children in over 450 classrooms across the county. Programs are gearing up for Count Day in early February to report to CEPI that all slots are full and children are receiving the required 30 weeks of classroom experience.

MDE Early Childhood consultants will visit Wayne County classrooms beginning April 24, 2017, through May 5, 2017. They will be welcomed into classrooms to observe children being exposed to hands on STEM, language and literacy rich activities.