Great Start Readiness Program


The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a free preschool for four year old children who meet state guidelines (income criteria: i.e. family of 4 = up to $62,750). GSRP is located in area school districts and licensed child care centers. Classes are full day Monday through Thursday and some programs provide transportation. DETAILS: 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. 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.

To strengthen learning at home and strengthen positive child outcomes, programs must provide for active and continuous involvement of parents in the learning process. Depending on income level, parents may be required to pay tuition, but parents are never charged additional fees for program elements such as transportation or meal service. Through advisory committees, parents assist to evaluate and make recommendations about the program.  

Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1st to be eligible for GSRP. If you would like more information, or to complete an application, please contact one of the programs listed below.


Almont - located in Almont Middle School Call Star Sutphin, Program Administrator: 810-673-9107 * Serves 18 GSRP Children * Holds a 4 STAR Rating

Dryden - located in Dryden Elementary School Call Vanessa Campbell, Lead Teacher: 810-448-4011 * Serves 15 GSRP Children * Holds a 3 STAR Rating

Imlay City - located in Weston Elementary School Call Anita Kaeding, EC Administrative Assistant: 810-721-9453 * Serves 50 GSRP Children * Holds a 4 STAR Rating

Lapeer - located in the Early Childhood wing of Rolland Warner Middle School Call Patty Sills, EC Secretary: 810-667-2454 * Serves 48 GSRP Children * Holds a 4 STAR Rating

Little Learners Childcare Center - located near M24 & Dryden Rds., Metamora Call Jessica Koch, Program Administrator: 810-678-3242 * Serves 6 GSRP Children * Holds an open STAR Rating

NEMCSA - with two locations Lapeer - located on John Conley Drive Call Jane Hoover, Family Services Coordinator: 810-245-3934 x2, 2  
* Lapeer serves 18 GSRP Children *Holds a 4 STAR Rating

North Branch - located at North Branch Elementary Call Carol Norum, Family Services Coordinator: 989-761-2066 * North Branch serves 36 GSRP Children * Holds a 4 STAR Rating

Rainbow Child Care Center - located in Lapeer Call Melissa Bishop, Lead Teacher: 810-969-4178 * Serves 16 GSRP Children * Holds a 4 STAR Rating

** STAR Rating definition: Child care, preschool and school age only programs and providers are scored based on a set of indicators that cover the following areas: Staff Qualifications, Family and Community Partnerships, Administration, Environment, and Curriculum, Screening and Assessment. The scores in each area are combined to give them a star rating. These ratings range from an Empty Star (not participating) to 5 stars (highest quality).

These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education