Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is designed to promote the development of the total individual by helping each child to develop skills in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive areas.  This is accomplished by providing a balanced program that includes both teacher-directed and child initiated activities. As a program we recognize that through experiences ranging from quiet to active and both informal and formal settings we are always learning. The GSRP program follows the Standards of Quality and Curriculum Guidelines set by the Michigan State Board of Education and licensing requirements of the Department of Human Services. 

GSRP meets either Monday through Thursday full day 8:40 am -3:30 pm and half day Monday through Thursday 8:40 am - 11:40 OR 12:30-3:30 full day, four days a week. Preschool teachers use play and exploration activities to help children grow and develop motor skills, creativity, literacy, social skills and more. Activities include: Pretend play, painting, drawing, stories, songs, running, jumping, climbing, playing games with peers, numbers, letters and shapes. Children learn many self-help skills including dressing themselves for outdoor activities and serving themselves at breakfast or lunch time. To instill consistency, our daily routine includes breakfast/lunch, large group, small group, choice time, music and movement, and outdoor play.

Our program is designed to develop basic skills children need to be successful in school. We offer speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, if needed. GSRP maintains an eight to one ratio of children to adults. The lead teacher has a bachelor degree in elementary education with an early childhood endorsement. The associate teacher has a bachelor degree in elementary education with an early childhood endorsement or a child development associate credential. Each member of our staff is CPR and First Aid certified and maintains at least 45 hours of professional development on a yearly basis. Part of the program requirements are two home visits, two parent-teacher conferences, and a minimum of two school volunteer experiences though the year.

GSRP is free program made possible by state funding. It is available to children who turn four-years-old on or before September 1st of the year they are enrolled along with meeting certain financial and/or other eligibility criteria.

Wondering if your child is eligible? Contact the External LinkKent County Preschool Intake website or call (616) 447-2409 or begin the process.

 Qualifying Factors:

  • Low family income
  • Diagnosed disability or identified developmental delay
  • Severe or challenging behavior
  • Primary home language other than English
  • Parent/guardian with low educational attainment
  • Abuse/neglect of child or parent
  • Environmental risk