Parent Resource Center


Parents in the community tell us that giving their children a preschool experience places a serious strain on the family budget. We can help make preschool possible for these families. If you have a three year old child (by September 1), live in Holland, Zeeland or Hamilton and would like to apply for assistance, please contact us, and complete the application.

If you have a 3 or 4 year old child (by September 1), there are many options in our community. Your child may qualify for a free quality preschool experience. Click here to view all of your options. Ready for School can assist you in making the best decision for your child.


Research shows that children who attend a quality preschool feel empowered to question, explore and wonder
giving them a better foundation for success in school and life.

Preschool helps children to gain independence and increase their self-confidence and self-esteem.

Children who attend preschool have improved problem-solving and reasoning abilities as they enter school.

Attending preschool encourages children to be independent learners who take an active role in learning.

If you are interested in learning more about preschool options in Holland, Zeeland and Hamilton, please contact us.


It is never too early to ask the question, “Will my child be ready for school?” We hear from teachers and researchers that children who can follow directions and have self- control are more likely to be ready for school. When a child is, curious and asks questions, able wait her/his turn and become comfortable with routine this helps so much with being ready for school. At home having daily routines of sitting and eating meals together, having bedtime routines and same daily bedtime and same time getting up in the morning support children’s readiness.

Here are some signs that your child will be ready for school:

Socially & Emotionally

  • Knows birthday, full name and age

  • Takes turns and shares

  • Focuses, sits still and engages

  • Can  follow directions

Getting Ready to Read

  • Recognizes letters

  • Can find rhyming words

  • Writes own first name

  • Likes books and talks about them

Healthy & Active

  • Jumps, hops and skips

  • Can throw, bounce and kick a ball

  • Uses toilet and washes hands

  • Uses crayons and scissors

Enthusiastic & Curious

  • Tries new things and asks questions

  • Takes walks and explores nature

  • Signs, dances, draws, builds, colors, and creates

  • Plays make-believe

Counting & Recognizing Shapes

  • Counts out loud to 20

  • Identifies a circle, square, triangle and rectangle

  • Likes to search for numbers

These short videos will provide an example of health child activities related to family time, play, language development, health habits, and sleep routines. Please talk to your Health Care Provider if you have questions about your child’s development or contact Ready for School to explore resources.


The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends standardized developmental screening at 9, 18, and 30 [or alternately, 24] months for all children. Ready for School is committed to supporting healthcare providers to implement these recommendations which will result in early identification of children 0-5 years of age with developmental needs.

As part of Ready for School’s ongoing mission to ensure that every child is prepared to succeed in school, it is imperative to both identify and intervene on behalf of children with developmental delays. Early identification and intervention has the potential of reducing education and healthcare costs and improving quality of life for parents and children. With the use of developmental assessment tools such as the Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3 (ASQ3), healthcare provider teams will identify possible delays and can refer to community resources for children 0-3 years of age such as Early On and Parents as Teachers home visiting, and for children 3-5 years of age to school-based resources.


Your child’s Health Care Provider is committed to your child’s health and success. Going to all your child’s well child visits is very important because you can ask questions about parenting, school readiness, eating well and discipline. The American Academy of Pediatrics has great information to reference.

Help me Grow Ottawa
Help Me Grow connects families with children birth through age five to free local resources helping children grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school.

Help me Grow Ottawa Link:

Great Start to Quality
Great Start to Quality offers parents information on licensed in-home and center-based childcare and preschool options.

Great Start to Quality Resource Link


Start School Ready 2019

Ready for School in partnership with the Outdoor Discovery Center are committed to preparing children for success in kindergarten through a unique summer learning opportunity, Start School Ready. Start School Ready is a summer learning experience designed for children entering kindergarten in the fall 2019. This 4 week program will prepare your child for success in kindergarten through continuing to learn both pre-reading and social skills. Scholarships are available to children who are registered for kindergarten in the Holland and Hamilton and qualify based on financial need.

Give your child a springboard for success by enrolling them in Start School Ready!

Tentative dates:  July 8-August 2, M-F mornings, more details in January 1, 2019. 

Complete the online application through OAISD or call to see if you qualify for a free learning experience.