Great Start Readiness Program


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The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded free preschool program for qualifying four-year-old children. 

We prepare children for kindergarten! 

  • Our teachers utilize a research-based curriculum that aligns with Michigan's Early Childhood Standards for Quality for Prekindergarten (ECSQ-PK).
  • Our classrooms have consistent daily routines that include group activities as well as daily free choice time and outdoor play.  
  • There are two teachers per classroom, keeping a 1:8 ratio of adults to children.  
  • GSRP Teachers are highly-qualified and have degrees within the field of early childhood education. 
  • Children's progress is measured and reported in the areas of social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development.  Progress in content learning areas of literacy, math, science, social studies, art, and English speaking skills are also measured and reported.
  • We partner with families to create the best preschool experience possible for children.
  • Kent ISD GSRP students attend school Monday through Thursday for either a full or half day, depending on the location.
  • Free meals are provided daily for students.
  • Some of our sites provide transportation and/or before and after school care.

Our Vision

Kent ISD GSRP children will see themselves and be seen by others as confident, capable, and motivated learners; as evidenced by meeting or exceeding kindergarten readiness standards.

Our classrooms are located in the following districts and buildings:

Byron Center

  • Byron Center Early Childhood Center


  • Duncan Lake Elementary School
  • Dutton Elementary School

Cedar Springs 

  • Cedar Trails Elementary School

Comstock Park 

  • Comstock Park Head Start
  • Greenridge Elementary School

Forest Hills 

  • Ada Elementary School
  • Collins Elementary School

Grand Rapids 

  • Aberdeen Elementary School
  • Baxter Community Center
  • Brookside Elementary School
  • Buchanan Elementary School
  • Burton Elementary School
  • CA Frost Elementary School
  • Campus Elementary School
  • Cesar Chavez Elementary School
  • Coit Arts Academy
  • Congress Elementary School
  • David D. Hunting YMCA
  • Dickinson Elementary School
  • Early Learning Center (ELC)
  • East Leonard Elementary School
  • Explore and Learn Academy (SEAC)
  • Gerald R. Ford Academic Center
  • Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center
  • Grand Rapids Montessori
  • Harrison Park Elementary School
  • Henry Head Start
  • Hope Academy Charter School
  • Ken-O-Sha Elementary School
  • Kent Hills Elementary School
  • MLK Elementary School
  • Mulick Park Elementary School
  • New Branches Charter Academy
  • North Park Montessori Early Childhood Center at Wellerwood
  • Palmer Elementary School
  • Ridgemoor Park Montessori
  • River City Scholars Charter School
  • San Juan Diego (La Escuelita)
  • Shawmut Hills Elementary School
  • Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy
  • Sibley Elementary School
  • Southwest Community Campus
  • Steepletown 
  • Stocking Elementary School
  • Sylvan Head Start
  • United Methodist Community House
  • Yankee Clipper Library
  • West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science Charter School

Godfrey Lee 

  • Godfrey Lee Early Childhood Center

Godwin Heights

  • South Godwin Elementary
  • South Godwin Head Start


  • Central Elementary
  • East Elementary
  • Visser YMCA


  • Kelloggsville Early Childhood Center

Kenowa Hills 

  • AppleTree Early Care and Preschool
  • Kenowa Hills Early Childhood Center

Kent City

  • Kent City Elementary School


  • AppleTree Early Care and Preschool
  • Hamilton Early Childhood Center 
  • Kentwood Head Start


  • Bushnell Elementary School


  • Plainfield Head Start
  • West Oakview Elementary School


  • Meadow Ridge Elementary School
  • Rainbow Child Center


  • Ridgeview Elementary School
  • White Early Childhood Center


  • Thornapple-Kellogg Learning Center


  • Huntington Woods Early Childhood Center
  • Rogers Lane
  • Rogers Lane Head Start

Apply for Preschool!

Visit Success Starts Early to learn how to help your child reach their highest potential!

Children's Special Health Care Services

A message from the Kent County Health Department regarding Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) - a program that helps families with children who have special health care needs navigate and access the medial resources, health education and supports their child needs.

For more information, see the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services website.


Questions? Call GSRP 616-447-2409
Julie Guenther
Great Start Readiness Program Supervisor
Ashley Karsten
Director of Early Childhood
Kathryn O'Hara-Wallis
Program Coordinator