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Program Overview

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan’s state-funded preschool for eligible four-year-old children with a focus on supporting children’s development of school readiness skills. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Great Start (OGS). 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.  

Here’s what you need to know:

● Must be at least four years old before or on September 1 of the current school year

● Must meet eligibility requirements

● We use the Highscope curriculum

● The program runs from 8:30-3:30

● Breakfast, lunch, and healthy snacks provided

● Class runs Monday through Thursday

● Wrap around Friday, before and after care available


Our GSRP classroom(s) use the research based HighScope Curriculum that aligns with Michigan’s Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten. Curriculum areas include Approaches to Learning; Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development and Health; Language, Literacy, and Communication; Mathematics; Creative Arts; Science and Technology; Social Studies; and English Language Learners. In the HighScope curriculum, adults and children are partners in play. More information about the HighScope curriculum can be found at

Parent Involvement

Parent involvement is welcomed and encouraged. To establish and maintain a strong school-home connection, which benefits children, we offer the following ways for families to be involved:

  • Volunteering in the Classroom: Talk with your child’s teacher about how you can be involved as a volunteer. We provide support through our volunteer supervision policy.

  • Home Visits and Parent-Teacher Conferences: Teachers work with families to schedule two home visits and two parent-teacher conferences. Additional meetings can be arranged.

  • Parent Orientation: Takes place at the start of the school year to support relationships, invite input, share community resources, and encourage future involvement in program decision making.

  • Parent Advisory Meetings: Two or more are scheduled to share program goals, share community resources, and attain input related to program decisions.

  • Data Analysis Meetings: Three are held with participation from parents, an administrator, teaching staff, and an Early Childhood Specialist to review program data and set goals.

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