Great Start Readiness Program

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Funding: State of Michigan Funded Preschool Program
Monday — Thursday
8:30 am — 3:30 pm
Transportation is available

Staff Requirements

  • Lead Teacher: Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Development or Childhood Development
  • Associate Teacher: Associate Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood or Child Development Certificate (CDA)
  • 3rd Caregiver (Needed if the enrollment exceeds 16 (18 maximum)

Recruitment & Enrollment (Eligibility)

  • Risk Factors: Students are selected based on income and factors in their life that place them at risk for academic failure
  • Two home visits per child, per school year are required
  • Two parent-teacher conferences per school year are required

Classroom Environment

  • License: Without current violations
  • Great Start to Quality Rating: Minimum of 3 ratings required

Classroom Routine

  • Schedule: School day (7 hours minimum daily)
  • Sign-in sheets: Required daily, students must be signed in and out
  • Family Style Meals: Program requirement for student meals


  • High Scope or Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum

Child Assessment

  • Screening — Ages & Stages requiredon home visits
  • On-Line Tools — COR (High Scope) or Gold (T.S.) Creative Curriculum

Program Assessment

  • On-Line Program Quality Assessment

Early Childhood Specialist:

  • Master Degree in Early Childhood and PQA Reliable High Scope Certified


  • Funds are used to support a high quality classroom, i.e., materials, staff, location, utilities, professional development, etc. Funding restrictions include clothing for students, clowns, gifts, birthday parties, graduation ceremonies, etc.

What is the GSR Program?

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure.

The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start. Funding is allocated to each intermediate school district to administer the program locally.

Research on preschool programs and specific research on GSRP indicates that children provided with a high-quality preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program

Source: The Michigan Department of Education