Great Start Readiness Program

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About GSRP

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for 4-year-olds who have factors that may place them at risk. The program uses developmentally appropriate practices in a play-based curriculum with the goal of preparing children to successfully enter kindergarten. The program is free to eligible families. Children must be 4 on or before September 1, 2016.

Why should I consider a high-quality preschool for my child?

Research on preschool programs and specific research on GSRP indicates that children participating in a high-quality preschool program show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program. High-quality GSRP programs prepare children to be successful in kindergarten and throughout life.

What will my child learn?

GSRP addresses key areas that a child needs to be ready for Kindergarten. Teachers focus on social/emotional readiness along with academics through a play-based curriculum using developmentally appropriate practices.

Programs use either the HighScope or Creative Curriculum where teachers and children are active partners in the learning process. Children will:

  • Participate in experiences that build on their interests.
  • Follow a daily routine, learn to take turns, cooperate, and share.
  • Learn foundational literacy skills such as knowledge of the alphabet, rhyming, and concepts of print.
  • Learn foundational mathematics skills such as one-to-one correspondence, patterning, and number sense.
  • Develop problem-solving and self-help skills.