Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

About Us

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a tuition-free, state grant funded preschool program for at-risk four-year-old students

The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District (AMA ESD) is one of 56 Intermediate School Districts (ISDs) in Michigan and services the schools in Alpena, Montmorency and Alcona Counties. 

Public Act 62 of 2011 shifted all the GSRP Pre-school revenues to the School Aid Fund and distributed funding to ISDs. The AMA ESD has chosen to directly administer the GSRP.

Our program is designed to promote the development of the
total individual by helping each child to develop skills in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive areas.  This is accomplished by providing a balanced program that includes both teacher-directed and child initiated activities, quiet as well as active experiences, and the recognition that learning occurs
in both formal and informal settings, especially through play.

GSRP Preschool  

1. What is the age requirement?
 Your child must be 4 years of age on or before September 1, 2017. 

2. How does my child qualify for the program? During registration, you will go through an interview process that allows staff to document risk factors for your child and/or family.  Income is only one of many possible risk factors. Once risk factors are documented, children are prioritized for enrollment.

3. Is my child eligible if we do not meet guidelines for low income? The GSRP program has tuition-based openings for students if they have one documented risk factor other than income.

4. What options are there for programming? GSRP programs are located in the elementary buildings at Wilson, Lincoln, Besser, Hillman, Alcona, Atlanta and Ella White. All programs are school-day programs.  Half-day options are only available at Besser Elementary.

5. What is the length of the program?  GSRP programs will be Monday-Thursday, following the school hours of the school building they are located in. Programs will begin in September and end in May.

6. What will my child learn? GSRP programs use the Creative Curriculum which supports students in the areas of Math, Literacy, Social/Emotional and Motor Skill development. The curriculum is research-based with proven positive child outcomes.

7. Is Transportation provided? Students attending school-day programs within the district they reside in will be offered transportation through the local districts busing system. Half-day students who live within the district of the program they are attending will only be offered transportation one way due to no option of mid-day bus routes.

8. How many students will be in my child’s class? We have an adult to student ratio of 1:8. This means there is always a minimum of 2 adults in each classroom. Classrooms have a maximum capacity of 15-18 students.

9. Who will be teaching my child? GSRP staff are highly qualified. Lead teachers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with/or working toward a ZS (early childhood) endorsement. Associate teachers have a minimum of an associate’s degree in Early Childhood or a CDA (Child Development Associate).