Become a GSRP Site
Become an Oakland County Preschool Partner
This child is ready for you. There are thousands of preschoolers in Oakland County that are looking for preschool.
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children.
Oakland Schools is seeking new GSRP Partners for school year 2023-2024. Funding opportunities available for programs that start a class by January 2024:
$25,000 in expansion funding
$15,500 in monthly bookkeeping and financial coaching
CDA funding TBD
$1200 in Curriculum Materials
Governor Whitmer has proposed providing $9,608 for each school day 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.
The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start. Funding is allocated to each intermediate school district (ISD) to administer the program locally. Oakland Schools is an ISD receiving funds and partners with programs to offer GSRP to the community.
At Oakland Schools, we currently offer GSRP through all 28 school districts, 4 Public School Academies and 19 community based organizations (non profit organizations and licensed child care centers), serving about 3,000 preschoolers and their families. Oakland GSRP Sites
We couldn’t do it without our wonderful GSRP Partners!
In addition, there are more preschoolers and families in our community that could benefit from the GSRP experience.
In 2020-2021 47% (1,986) of income eligible children were served by GSRP or Head Start in Oakland County
There were 4,226 children total that are income eligible in Oakland County.
That means there are 2240 children still out there that we could serve.
Oakland County is one of the lowest served counties. We are one of 10 ISDs that are not serving at least 50% of our children!
We are looking for new partners to help us serve these families. Connect with us today to start or continue a conversation for collaboration.
I am the owner of The Joyful Jungle Christian Learning Center. Our Madison Heights location joined GSRP in January of 2022. We had considered applying many times, however, would stop due to the apprehension of the amount of paperwork it would create in the application process. Honestly, It was much easier than anticipated and now when I look back, I wish we would have taken the chance much sooner...
Racheal Flanagan, Joyful Jungle in Madison Heights, Clawson and Royal Oak
Being a GSRP partner has opened many doors... I am able to give many more students wonderful learning opportunities, materials and experiences. I am also able to provide many benefits for my GSRP teachers. The (mentors) help to keep us on track and are always quickly available to answer questions and provide support. I love having the partner meetings, as well as monthly check in meetings...
Stephanie Medina, Little Treasures in Waterford