Roseville school district’s preschool program earns 5-star rating from state

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 31, 2017

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ROSEVILLE — Roseville Community Schools’ Great Start Readiness Preschool Program received a five-star rating from the Michigan Department of Education’s Great Start to Quality, according to a press release from the district Aug. 17.

“Great Start to Quality is Michigan’s quality rating and improvement system that supports early childhood programs and providers in their efforts to improve their programs while helping families find and choose quality programs that meet their children’s needs,” the release stated.

The Great Start to Quality’s website, www.greatstarttoquality.org, explains the five categories of its program.

• Staff Qualifications and Professional Development focuses on “the training and any education or degrees completed by providers and their staff.”

• Family and Community Partnerships targets how “programs offer support and interact with the families they serve and within the community.”

• Administration and Management focuses on “how a program’s policies guide the way they run their program.”

• Environment maintains the “safety of a program” and supports “the health and wellness of the children.”

• Curriculum and Instruction are the “tools a program uses to teach, accommodate needs and track development of the children in their care.”

After multiple attempts, the Eastsider was unable to get a quote from the Michigan Department of Education by press time.

“These early childhood programs also benefit from school social workers and speech and language therapists, who are available to help meet the needs of each child,” the release stated.

“The GSRP program is basically a grant-funded program through the state. With this program, we start at the preschool level to give students all the necessary components they need to be successful,” said RCS Deputy Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski.

All preschool programs are held at Huron Park Elementary and incorporate interactive lessons and teach the students early about attaining goals.

RCS Curriculum Director Dave Rice stated in the release that the work of the staff has helped to achieve the rating.

“The experience of our teaching staff is tremendous, and it is obvious that they care about the students and the program as a whole. Everyone’s efforts are greatly appreciated in achieving this five-star rating, and we are very proud of our GSRP program in Roseville,” he stated.

For more information on the Roseville Community Schools Early Childhood programs, contact the Early Childhood office at (586) 445-5724 or contact Roseville’s Curriculum office at (586) 445-5688.

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