Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).  Research shows that children provided with high-quality preschool experiences are better prepared to be successful in Kindergarten and throughout life. The Alpena, Montmorency, Alcona Area Education Service District services GSRPs throughout Alpena, Montmorency, and Alcona counties.  School day GSRP classrooms are located in each district throughout our counties including: Alcona, Alpena, Atlanta, and Hillman.

All children need to be age eligible (4 years old on or before December 1) to qualify. 

Programs maintain a 1:8 ratio as required by the State of Michigan and are run by highly qualified and certified teachers.

Classes meet four full days per week. Times vary by school district. 

It's easy to enroll. Please fill out the free preschool application or call (989) 354-3101 for more information.


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Connect4Learning uses a new approach to early childhood education that focuses more attention on science and math while working in important literacy connections along the way. It blends academics, social and emotional development, and play for the pre-K set, with high expectations for learning for teachers and kids alike.

Creative Curriculum

Creative Curriculum for Preschool is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical-thinking skills.  It is designed to help educators at all levels experience plan and implement a developmentally appropriate, content-rich program for children with diverse backgrounds and skills.

These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).