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Preschool, Latchkey

Vicky Heaton - Program Director of Preschool/Childcare
Phone: (517) 592-9753


Columbia GSRP Preschool - Weebly Website

Registration is now open for 3/4 Preschool & K-5 Latchkey (2018-2019 School Year)
We offer quality rated 3 and 4 year old programs. Tuition and Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP) are available. You may qualify for FREE 4 year old preschool.

Interested in FREE 4 year old preschool?Columbia Elementary offers the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). You may qualify for FREE Preschool for 4 year olds. Many factors are considered. Please view this flyer and call/apply today. We have 48 slots that need to be filled. Please pass the word! To sign-up, go to www.greatstartjackson.org or call the GSRP hotline at (517) 768-5130. Don’t miss this chance for FREE, high-quality preschool! Register today!!


Welcome to our Preschool and Latchkey Program

Columbia Preschool is licensed by the State of Michigan and has served the families of the Columbia School District and surrounding areas since 1983. The goal of the program is to provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment for young children while enhancing their social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative development. We believe:

  • That young children learn through discovery play.
  • In the importance of active learning.
  • In providing a variety of hands-on materials and experiences to meet individual interests, needs, and abilities
  • In children working toward independence and cooperation.
  • In the importance of process rather than a product.
  • In the importance of supporting early literacy skills and reading to children
  • In the importance of the home-school connection and value the parents as the child's first teacher

Activities Include

Art, Music/Movement, Social Skills, Sensory, Dramatic Play, Cognitive Skills, Open Snack, Free Choice, Literacy, Large Group/Small Group Science/Discovery, Individualized Learning Blocks/Construction.

  • Parents must provide a completed health form with proof of immunizations and an information card by the child's first day.
  • Children must be toilet trained.
  • Tuition is paid monthly.
  • A non-refundable &30 registration fee is required at time of sign-up to reserve placement.

Preschool Information

We offer tuition paid preschool classes for 3's and 4's. Please contact Vicki @ (517) 592-9753 for more information or to register.

Tuition Paid Preschool Offerings:
4 DAYS PER WEEK 4-YEAR-OLD CLASS - MEETS MONDAY-THURSDAY AFTERNOON
3 DAYS PER WEEK 4-YEAR-OLD CLASS - MEETS MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY MORNING
2 DAYS PER WEEK 3-YEAR-OLD CLASS - MEETS TUESDAY, THURSDAY MORNING

Latchkey slots will be reserved first for students presently in the program. You must confirm your latchkey return!
Please contact Vicki @ (517) 592-9753 for latchkey and preschool slots.

www.greatstartjackson.org to sign-up or call the Great Start Readiness hotline at (517) 768-5130. Children do not have to live in the Columbia School District to be eligible for the free preschool. View Flyer

GSRP Preschool Offerings:

4 DAYS PER WEEK (GSRP) 4-YEAR-OLD CLASS - MEETS MONDAY-THURSDAY ALL DAY


Preschool Classes & Rates

Preschool requires a yearly, non-refundable $30 registration fee per family to guarantee a spot.
Rates are per child, per month.(No additional sibling discount)

Tuition Paid Preschool

4 DAYS PER WEEK 4-YEAR-OLD CLASS - MEETS MONDAY-THURSDAY AFTERNOON
Class is held: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost: $165/Month

3 DAYS PER WEEK 4-YEAR-OLD CLASS - MEETS MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY MORNING
Class is held: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: $135/Month

2 DAYS PER WEEK 3 YEAR OLD CLASS - MEETS TUESDAY, THURSDAY MORNING
Class is held: 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Cost: $110/Month

GSRP Preschool

4 DAYS PER WEEK (GSRP) 4 YEAR OLD CLASS - MEETS MONDAY-THURSDAY
Class is held: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Cost: FREE -- Must qualify for this program. Please see above information.


Latchkey Info & Rates

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
6:30 am - 6:00 pm

Latchkey requires a yearly, non-refundable $30 registration fee per family to guarantee a spot.
A child MUST be pre-registered before using the Latchkey program.
Rates are per child, per day.

25% discount for siblings

Childcare (all day childcare and preschool age) Rates (effective June 11, 2018)
Over 5 hours of care - $32.00 per day (25% discount $24.00)
2 to 5 hours of care - $25.00 per day (25% discount $18.75)
Up to 2 hours of care - $12.00 per day (25% discount $9.00)

Latchkey rates for school age children - Kindergarten through Fifth grades
Before school – flat rate - $8.00
After school – until 5:00 p.m. - $8.00
After school – 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. - $10.00