What is GSRP?
GSRP is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors that may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).
Why should you consider a high-quality preschool for your child?
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. High-quality GSRP programs prepare children to be successful in Kindergarten and throughout life.
What is our goal?
The goal of the program is to encourage the development of children and prepare them for successful entry into Kindergarten using developmentally appropriate practices in a play-based curriculum.
What is a play-based curriculum?
The West Shore Educational Service District uses Creative Curriculum, a play-based curriculum that focuses on eight domains: Language Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Social & Emotional Development, and Physical Health & Development. Creative Curriculum for Preschool, is a scientifically-based curriculum, along with an internet-based child assessment system to measure progress and make program improvements. Creative Curriculum is play-based which means that children have the opportunity to choose activities which they find interesting and fun. At the same time, teachers have intentionally planned these activities knowing what children will learn as they interact with the materials in the classroom.
Who do we serve?
The West Shore Educational Service District services Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP) throughout Mason, Lake and Oceana counties. WSESD serves as the fiscal and administrative agent. Full day GSRP classrooms are located in each district throughout the three counties including: Baldwin, Ludington, Mason County Central, Mason County Eastern, Hart, Pentwater, Shelby, and Walkerville.
It's easy to apply!
Applications may be picked up at your local school district or by contacting Brenda Vronko at 231-898-1545. Applications are accepted year round however program selections are based upon eligibility and funding from the Michigan Department of Education. Official program placement occurs once we receive notification from the Michigan Department of Education that funding has been awarded to our region.
All children need to be age eligible (4 years old by September 1st) to qualify.
The program is free and income level will be the primary factor needed for determining eligibility and prioritization for enrollment of children who live in families at or below 250% Federal Poverty Level.
Any child from a family above 250% Federal Poverty Level will be required to pay tuition based on a sliding scale fee and must have at least 2 of any of the following risk factors:
- Diagnosed disability or developmental delay
- Severe or challenging behavior
- Primary home language other than English
- Parent/guardian who did not graduate from high school
- Abuse/neglect of child or parent
- Environmental risk such as parental loss due to death, divorce, incarceration, military service, or absence
Programs maintain a 1:8 ratio as required by the State of Michigan and are run by highly qualified and certified teachers.
Classes meet Monday through Thursday at all locations. Times vary from one district to another.