Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

GSRP Requirements During Communicable Disease Closures

  The governor has ordered the closure of all schools in the state as of Monday, March 16, 2020.  The expected re-opening date is Monday, April 6, 2020.  This includes all Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP) directly run by ISDs and based in local education agencies.

  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been developed and can be found here .


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.

Parent Resources

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.


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