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.
Parents, for more information on GSRP in your county, click here.
- Interactive Intermediate School District GSRP Map
Click on a county to locate the Intermediate School District
- Social-Emotional Health & School Readiness
- Transition to Kindergarten Parent Guides
- What is the Read by Grade Three law?
- Link to MDE Parents & Family Webpage
- Healthier Child Care Environment Toolkit
GSRP Requirements, Reports, and Resources
Curriculum Approval Process
During the 2018/19 grant year, the Michigan Department of Education developed and implemented a curriculum review process to consider additional curricula for use in the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). This fall, publishers of curricula already on the list of those approved for use in the GSRP were invited to submit for review to remain on the list. Tools of the Mind opted not to enter a submission and will not remain on the list approved curriculum next year.
The Curriculum Review Committee (CRC), which is charged with reviewing, scoring and approving GSRP curricula concluded the first of two review cycles in December 2019. Two curricula went through the process and Creative Curriculum was approved, while the other was not. The CRC will soon begin its second review cycle in February and the final list of approved curricula will be posted in early April.
- Memo from Scott Koenigsknecht, Deputy Superintendent, P-20 System and Student Transitions
- Report on Enhancements to the Process based on Stakeholder Feedback
- Curriculum Approval Process Overview
- Curriculum Model Evaluation Criteria
- Rubric for Curriculum Model Evaluation
- Application Checklist for Submission of Preschool Curriculum
- 2018 Curriculum Review Committee Results
Required Program Resources
- GSRP MEGS+ Instructions
- MEGS+ Security Authorization Instructions
- Michigan Education Information System (MEIS) Instructions
- GEMS/MARS Website
- Michigan's Great Start Readiness Program Supports Dual Language Learners
- Michigan's Great Start Readiness Program: Replicating Evidence of Impact in Rural Michigan
- Michigan's Great Start Readiness Program: New Evidence of Impact
- Great Start Readiness Program Evaluation by HighScope Confirms Positive Student Impact
- Child Eligibility Reports
- Program Quality/Staff Characteristics Reports
- GSRP Main Contacts
- GSRP Early Childhood Contacts
- Essential Practices in Early Literacy
- Early Childhood Specialist Webinars
- Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC)
- Great Start to Quality
- MI Head Start Association - Grantees & Delegates
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Core Knowledge & Core Competencies
- Talk, Read, and Sing Together Every Day!
- 2019-20 Michigan Student Data System Collection Details Manual
About Our Office
- GSRP Contact Information
- GSRP Consultant Assignment Map
- GSRP Consultant Assignment List
- Map to Michigan Department of Education - Hannah Building, Lansing