Preparation and readiness of children for school

Browsers that can not handle javascript will not be able to access some features of this site. The Office of Great Start has been charged with ensuring that all children birth to age eight, especially those in highest need, have access to high-quality early learning and preparation and readiness of children for school programs and enter kindergarten prepared for success. Children prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

In 2013, the Office of Great Start engaged stakeholders across the state in development of Great Start, Great Investment, Great Future: The Plan for Early Learning and Development in Michigan. This comprehensive plan contains six recommendations and numerous priority action items for advancing early learning and development. In late 2015 and early 2016, the Office of Great Start partnered with Public Sector Consultants to gather input on the state of child care in Michigan. The State Board of Education approved the Michigan Core Knowledge and Core Competencies for the Early Care and Education Workforce at their November 2014 meeting. Standards of Quality listed here are the most up-to-date versions available. If you are a parent interested in learning more, see the Great Start Readiness Program brochure or use this map to find a program in your area. Great Start to Quality helps parents find the best child care and preschool settings for their children and helps providers and educators improve the care they give to children.

Transition to Kindergarten Parent Guides address many of the questions that parents have as they look forward to their child’s Kindergarten years. The Office of Great Start offered six learning community webinars. Each webinar was focused on a topic of interest to providers and other stakeholders in the early childhood community. Use the links below to view the presentation resources.

The Office of Great Start is now on Facebook! Click on the icon to stay connected. Browsers that can not handle javascript will not be able to access some features of this site. Michigan’s state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start. Funding is allocated to each intermediate school district to administer the program locally.

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. Parents, for more information and to find a program in your area, visit the GSRP Map. Providers, please see below for specific information about GSRP requirements and reports. GSRP website where both helpful early childhood information and GSRP specific tips will be posted. When new items are added, the old will be archived.