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Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool for four-year-old children. Families qualify for free preschool based on annual income guidelines.

Wayne RESA receives an annual grant and administers the program in Wayne County. Our staff are responsible for ensuring the 105 school districts, public school academies, and community based childcare centers meet the following:

  • Demonstrate fiscal responsibility and integrity with every dollar they receive
  • Hire early childhood degreed staff meeting the credentialing requirements of the grant
  • Provide professional learning experiences tied to the approved curriculum
  • Support teaching teams as they design daily instruction addressing each child’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social needs.

Research on GSRP enrolled children provided with high-quality experiences documented significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program.

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Kindergarten Transition

Free Resources

Access MiLEAP and the Michigan Dept. of Education's Kindergarten Transition Toolkit website

MAISA, together with the offices of MiLEAP and MDE, are excited to share free resources, Kindergarten Round Up templates and communication guidelines for you to share with your families.

They include:

  • Kindergarten Round Up customizable templates: postcard, flyer, letter, emails, and text messages
  • Book list for families: Kindergarten transition
  • Kindergarten "Ready, Set, Grow" videos for sharing on social media
  • Kindergarten readiness infographic
  • And more!

Easily Access and Use the Materials

Kindergarten Transition Toolkit Module Video Overview

MAISA's EduPaths team has created a module to guide you through all of the materials. They even
created a video to show you how to access the module.

This very brief module gives an overview of the following:

  • What parents need to know
  • Communication best practices
  • Templates for communication
  • How best to use the tools
  • Sharing communication materials with partners
Kindergarten Children in a line against white background

To further support families in this process, we encourage you to help them find their local school for Kindergarten enrollment by visiting Wayne RESA's School District & Attendance Locator website. 

The Great Start Readiness Program Funding Application Information

Requirements to apply for GSRP Funding:

  1. To apply for funding, a provider MUST have a LARA child care center license, open, and operating with children.
  2. A Great Start to Quality Enhancing Quality Level or higher.
  3. Public school academies/charter schools, in addition to number 1, MUST have preschool or Pre-K in the charter to apply for GSRP funding.

If awarded funding, providers will be required to:

  • Hire qualified teaching staff according to the GSRP Implementation Manual.
  • Attend RESA provided trainings on our child enrollment process and fiscal requirements.
  • Participate in a food reimbursement program such as CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program).
  • Obtain an (PDF) Educational Entity Number (EEM) for fiscal purposes.
  • Choose and use a RESA approved preschool curriculum and child assessment tool. RESA can assist you with making a choice that best fits your program philosophy.
  • Use the child developmental screener, Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3)- contact Amber Anderson to set up an account if not currently using this screener. Email

Benefits of being a provider

  • Receive consistent payments
  • Add funds to your childcare operating budget
  • Use grant money to provide free preschool to eligible families in your community
  • Receive on-going coaching, mentoring, and support from an Early Childhood Specialist
  • Attend free professional development opportunities

Additional Resources

State of Michigan

Find Free Preschool

Wayne RESA Early Childhood Department


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Sophia Lafayette-Lause

Interim Senior Executive Director of Early Childhood Services

Elizabeth Grace

Interim Executive Director of Early Childhood Services

Julia Stanley

Special Programs Administrative and Fiscal Consultant - Early Ch

Aaron Pressel

Special Programs Administrative and Fiscal Consultant

Kaitlyn Clavette

Student System Coordinator - Early Childhood

Heather Kiselewski

Administrative Assistant - GSRP

Hoda Karazi

Administrative Assistant - GSRP

Amy Bedner

Early Childhood Consultant

Christina Benedict

Early Childhood Consultant