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What is Great Start Readiness 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.

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The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded preschool program with aims that are similar to those of Head Start. While fewer children qualify for Head Start than GSRP, Great Start Readiness Program also serves families whose circumstances indicate a need for free early childhood education.
Visit the Great Start Wayne website about GSRP.

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When I complete the application, does that mean my child will be enrolled?

Completing an application does not guarantee enrollment in a program. The application form is the first step in the process to applying for preschool. It helps us connect you with the program that you feel is best for your family. After completing the application, you may still need to provide income, additional information to verify eligibility, and complete the enrollment process. Priority for enrollment is based on family income and additional life experiences. You will be contacted by a program advisor who will discuss next steps with you.

What is the difference between Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)?

Both preschool programs provide an excellent opportunity for children to learn in a safe, encouraging environment. Both programs are focused on giving children the best classroom experience possible to prepare them for kindergarten. Head Start is a program that provides additional support for families beyond the classroom. The program works closely with families to help enhance the child’s overall health and nutrition and help parents with their child’s mental, social, and emotional needs. While Head Start gives priority for enrollment to four year-old children, some classrooms are available to three year-olds. Almost all Head Start families must have an income below 100% of the federal poverty level. Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is only available to four year-old children. Eligibility for GSRP requires that family income is below 250% of the federal poverty guidelines with priority given to children based on family income. So the lower the family income, the better the chances for your child to be placed in Head Start or GSRP.

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What is the age eligibility for and GSRP

In order to qualify, children must be four years of age by December 1st of the enrollment year, and meet financial and/or other qualifying factors. Additional requirements can be found at the Great Start Readiness Program Website.

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