Great Start Readiness Program


The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is the state-funded FREE preschool for four year old children. GSRPs are located in area school districts and licensed child care centers. Classes are full day, Monday through Thursday and some programs provide transportation. DETAILS: 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. 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.

To strengthen learning at home and strengthen positive child outcomes, programs provide for active and continuous involvement of parents in the learning process. Also, through advisory committees, parents assist to evaluate and make recommendations about the program.  

Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1st to be eligible for GSRP. If you would like more information, or to complete an application, please contact one of the programs listed below or use the online application form on the left.


Almont - located in Almont Middle School Call Star Sutphin, Program Administrator: 810-673-9107 * Serves 18 GSRP Children * Holds a 4 STAR Rating

Dryden - located in Dryden Elementary School Call: 810-448-4011 * Serves 36 GSRP Children * Holds a 4 STAR Rating

Imlay City - located in Weston Elementary School Call: 810-721-9453 * Serves 48 GSRP Children * Holds a 3 STAR Rating

Lapeer - located in the Early Childhood wing of Rolland Warner Middle School Call: 810-667-2454 * Serves 48 GSRP Children * Holds a 4 STAR Rating

NEMCSA - with two locations Lapeer - located on John Conley Drive Call Shiela Mallon, Family Services Coordinator: 810-272-6085 
* Lapeer serves 41 GSRP Children *Holds a 4 STAR Rating

North Branch - located at North Branch Area Schools Administration Building
Call Lori Naracon, Family Services Coordinator: 989-590-2603
* North Branch serves 39 GSRP Children * Holds a 4 STAR Rating

** STAR Rating definition: Child care, preschool and school age only programs and providers are scored based on a set of indicators that cover the following areas: Staff Qualifications, Family and Community Partnerships, Administration, Environment, and Curriculum, Screening and Assessment. The scores in each area are combined to give them a star rating. These ratings range from an Empty Star (not participating) to 5 stars (highest quality).

These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education


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