Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

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.

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.

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Parent Resources

GSRP Requirements, Reports, and Resources

Curriculum Approval Process

NEW UPDATE (4/2/19)

In September 2018, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced that it was implementing a new curriculum review process for the state's Great Start to Readiness Program (GSRP). As part of this new process, the MDE created the Curriculum Review Committee, which is charged with reviewing, scoring, and approving GSRP curricula.  

Two core curricula were submitted by vendors for consideration. Following individual reviews, the CRC met to develop consensus scores assessing each curricula's alignment with the state's Curriculum Model Evaluation Rubric, which covers five major areas of quality:

  • Valid Research 
  • Evaluation Results 
  • Professional Development 
  • Developmental Appropriateness 
  • Alignment with State Standards

Neither curricula reached the established thresholds for pilot or full approval. One vendor has submitted an intent to appeal, which will be considered by the CRC in March 2019. An updated and final list of approved curricula will be posted on the department's GSRP website on or before April 1, 2019.

Required Program Resources



Program Evaluation

Program Links

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