Great Start Readiness Program

Great Start Readiness Program (4 year olds)

GSRP is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for 4-year-olds. The program uses developmentally appropriate practices in a play-based curriculum with the goal of preparing children to successfully enter kindergarten. The program is free to families who meet certain income guidelines. Children must be 4 on or before September 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling. Please contact GSRP in the school district you live in to see if your child is eligible.
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  • Tuition-free preschool program funded by the State of Michigan 
  • Program for 4 year olds
  • Children of all abilities can participate
  • Lead teachers are degreed in Early Childhood Education
  • Two teachers for every 16 students
  • All programs are 4 full days a week 
  • Research based curriculum that include health, safety, literacy and social development
  • Childcare to extend the day may be available in some programs
  • Meals are provided
  • Parent involvement is encouraged through classroom volunteers, parent meetings, activities, and GSRP advisory board
  • Home visiting is required
How my child qualifies for a GSRP program:

  • Must be a resident of a Sanilac County  ISD School District 
  • Must be 4, but not 5, on or before September 1st of the current school year
  • Income must be within the Federal Guidelines and documented with current income tax return (or other supporting documents) or must have one documented risk factor for consideration.
  • Children with a diagnosed disability (current IEP) along with income guidelines
For a listing of specific requirements visit or click here to review
the Sanilac ISD GSRP Readiness Program Preschool Handbook

What if my child is not eligible for free preschool?
You may be eligible for the Great Start Preschool Scholarship, a program run by the Great Start Collaborative Parent Coalition. The Preschool Scholarship is designed to assist moderate-income Sanilac County families with tuition expenses associated with preschool. Click here to see information about the program and the application. (In google drive Website Revisions folder).

Other Preschool Options
Great Start to Quality helps families find the best preschool and early care settings for their children and helps educators improve the care they provide to children.