Great Start Readiness Program

Great Start Readiness Program

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is funded by the State of Michigan to provide free preschool for eligible four-year-old children. The GSRP was designed to provide a high-quality experience for children with factors and family circumstances potentially placing them at an educational disadvantage.

The GSRP is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start. Locally, the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency  (MARESA) is the grantee of the Great Start Readiness Program with responsibility for oversight of the grant and all of the components therein. MARESA collaborates with several agencies, including the Marquette-Alger Great Start Collaborative, Great Start to Quality Upper Peninsula Resource Center, GSRP sub-recipients, local school districts, and families. 

All programs must meet the criteria established by the State of Michigan, including staff with early childhood credentials and specialized training in curriculum, assessment and other areas. GSRP is aligned with the Standards of Quality and Curriculum Guidelines set forth by the Michigan State Board of Education and licensing requirements of the Department of Health and Human Services. Legislation also requires each GSRP sub-recipient to participate in the Great Start to Quality STAR rating system and obtain at least a 3 STAR rating (from a possible 5). Eligibility for GSRP is prioritized based on income and other factors, however programs may enroll up to 10% of children who are over income.

GSRP enrollment for 2020-2021

For the 2020-2021 school year, children must turn 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2020.

A provision exists for families who wish to request early enrollment for children who will turn 4 after September 1, but on or before December 1, 2020. (A child born on or between the following dates could be eligible for GSRP: 09/01/2016 - 12/01/2016)

If you would like additional information on GSRP in Marquette or Alger County, please contact:

Melanie Allen, GSRP Early Childhood Contact at (906) 226-5133

Diane Gilfoy, GSRP Early Childhood Specialist at (906) 226-5172

These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).