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!

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
Denise Roesly