The Great Start Readiness Preschool Program (GSRP) is a program that is funded by the State of Michigan. The program is  available to children who will be age 4 by September 1st of the current year. There are specific income eligibility guidelines that must be considered when enrolling children in the program. State law mandates that any child whose family falls at 250% or below the federal poverty level is income eligible for the program. Other child and/or family risk factors may be considered too. 

Families that fall at the 100% of the federal poverty level or below are income eligible for Head Start. Head Start has programs within the Ionia and Belding school districts. Children who are income eligible for Head Start and meet the age eligibility for GSRP in the Portland, Lakewood and Saranac districts are shared with the Ionia ISD for placement in the local GSRP program. 

According to guidance provided by the state, children must be prioritized by income and risk factors and enrolled based upon priority levels. The ISD must save some slots for income eligible children that may apply close to the start of school. 

Below is the income eligibility prioritization chart for you to review. If you want to be considered for the placement in the Great Start Readiness Program complete the collaborative preschool application.