Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

GSRP Nationally Recognized!

GSRP programs are designed to promote the development of the whole child by helping each child to develop skills in the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive areas. Programs provide opportunities for children to develop and grow using developmentally appropriate practices in a play-based curriculum - Children Learn Best Through Play!

Children who attend GSRP:

  • Are less likely to drop out of school
  • Tend to make more money as adults
  • Must be 4 yrs. old by Dec. 1st of the eligibility year
  • Free for eligible families
  • Do better in school or better prepared for school academically, socially, and emotionally  - Check this out!

Where can I find GSRP Preschool?

Programs are located in Cheboygan, Gaylord, Lewiston, Onaway, Indian River, Vanderbilt, Wolverine & Rogers City. 

Apply for Preschool here

Program Locations

Helpful Enrollment Tips

Once you have a preschool application appointment scheduled in your area, you will need to bring the documents listed below.  It is very important documents to gather before your child’s application appointment and take them with you. 

  • Your child's certified birth certificate (from court house)
  • Copy of IFSP or IEP if applicable. 
  • Custody documents, if applicable.
  • Proof of income for the last 12 months - one or more of the following: 2022 tax forms (W-2 Form); Three most recent check stubs OR unemployment statement; child support received, DHS Statement (FIP, SSI, etc), EBT card, SNAP,  or other food assistance documents, or Day Care Assistance Form
  • Proof of residency (ex. Drivers license, rent receipt, utility bill, or property tax bill)

Ask your child’s teacher or email Jennifer Belanger at belangerj@copesd.org or Melinda Hambleton of the Great Start Collaborative at mhambleton@copesd.org .  There are local and regional advisory opportunities available. Locally, attend meetings 3 times a year for 1 ½ hours each meeting.  Regionally, attend meetings 4 times a year, for 2 hours each meeting. These meetings are held at  COP ESD in Indian River.  

Apply Here

The Great Start to Quality allows you to search for quality licensed programs in Michigan, for children 0-12, by location. You will also find other resources that may be of interest to you and your family at The Great Start to Quality. 

You may be wondering about the next steps after preschool and what is needed for Kindergarten.  

Check out  the following resources:

  • COPESD’s Family Guide to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten.  
  • The Michigan Department of Education developed a series of questions and answers about Kindergarten which you can access here:  Kindergarten Enrollment Questions 
  • Your child’s preschool experience makes a difference! 

 Ready Set Go... Kindergarten Brochure 

Our partners at NEMCSA are hiring for a variety of preschool positions in our COPESD region.

Preschool Staff Needed

Click here to see what positions are available.

NEMCSA Top Work Places 2022

For more information:

Jennifer Belanger
GSRP Early Childhood Specialist

Karyn Rauch-Smock 
Early Learning Services Supervisor and Early Childhood Contact

Cheboygan- Otsego- Presque Isle Educational Service District                  
6065 Learning Lane
Indian River, MI  49749
Phone: (231) 238-9394    
Fax: (231) 238-8551