The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure.
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) was designed to provide high-quality preschool to children at risk for low educational attainment in the school year before they are eligible for kindergarten. Children enrolled in GSRP must be at least 4, but less than 5 years of age as of September 1st of the school year in which the program is offered.
The program is tuition free for families of eligible children who turn 4 years of age by September 1st.
Mondays-Thursdays: Full Days
Fridays: No School (Teacher Planning)
Please contact ITAVA for more information
For more support and resources visit http://www.greatstartwayne.org
Lead Teachers must meet the GSRP qualifications upon hire. A lead teacher will be considered credentialed for the position with minimally any of the following:
A valid Michigan teaching certificate and an Early Childhood Education (ZA) or Early Childhood-General and Special Education (ZS) endorsement, or Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education.
Any GSRP associate teacher must minimally have one of the following:
An associate degree (AA) in Early Childhood Education or Child Development or the equivalent; or
A valid classroom CDA credential
Curriculum: We use Creative Curriculum www.creativecurriculum.org
The Pre-K Parent/Student Handbook is available from the main office. You may view it here as well.
Mrs. Amy (Teacher)
I'm the lead GSRP teacher. I graduated from Eastern University in 2015 with my Bachelor's Degree. I have a double major in Early Childhood Education with a Special Education endorsement and Elementary Education. I have been working in GSRP for the past 5 years. I really enjoy having family partnerships in this program and love building relationships with the families and children in my class. I am married to my husband, Brandon, and we have two dogs. George is a Dachshund and Angel is a Black Lab. We like to take them for walks and play fetch. In our spare time, we enjoy going to Detroit sports games and hanging out with our family.
Ms. Ashley (Teacher)
I've been an employee of the Learning Center since October 2020. I started as an assistant teacher working in the toddler classroom and then was appointed to assistant teacher in the Early Preschool room. I am a mother of 5 children myself and enjoy working with children. I'm in the process of continuing my education to become a Lead Teacher in the GSRP room. I'm happy to be a part of the ITAVA team!
Ms. Terri (Assistant Teacher)
I'm the GSRP 1 Lead Teacher. I'm a mother of one son named Isaiah. He's currently in the Toddler Classroom here at ITAVA. My first career path choice started out in Culinary Arts but my journey took me on a completely different life path which landed me in the Early Childhood Classrooms from April 2003 until now. By far, this was one of the best decisions I could have ever made! I'm currently working on completely my Bachelor's Degree at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. In my spare time, I love doing coloring apps on my phone as well as watching my favorite tv shows, "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Golden Girls". I also had the pleasure of singing at a National Platform event with my Church Choir. And the best thing of all is.... GO BLUE!
Mrs. Jeanine (Assistant Teacher)
I earned an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood from Schoolcraft College and have worked in the field, servicing Pre-K children, for over 20 years. Prior to coming to ITAVA, I taught at various Head Start sites in the Wayne county area as well as lended added support to classrooms when I was needed. I also mentored new teaching staff on various aspects of the HS program. I took a brief time away to care for my aging father, then returned to HS again to be a classroom member. Since then, I worked as a teacher assistant at Tipton Academy for the past 5 years. I have two adult children and I am the very proud "Nay Nay" of 2 precious grandsons. I love being with my family and friends! I adore being outdoors, gardening, being creative and strive to keep my inner child active and alive working with Preschoolers!
Mrs. Tracy (Teacher)
Ms. Kristen (Teacher)
Ms. Alisia (Assistant Lunch Aid)
I am an assistant teacher in GSRP. I have an Associate’s Degree in general studies from Schoolcraft College. I am currently working to get my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at University of Michigan-Dearborn. I am so grateful for the relationships I have built with staff members and students here. It’s a privilege to be able to take care of your children. I have always known I had a passion for working with children and I feel like I’m finally found what I am supposed to do. When I am not working or attending college, I usually am watching tv shows, spending time with friends and family, painting, reading, or doing puzzles.
Ms. Melissa (Assistant Lunch Aid)
I am a mother of 3 children and 1 grandson. I started taking Early Childhood Development classes in High School. Between 1994-1998 I became an assistant teacher for a Montessori School in West Bloomfield with the Toddler and Preschool age groups. My daughter attended school there and I also became a nanny for one of the Toddlers. Moving to the Westland area from Commerce in 1993, I became an assistant teacher for Starfish Family Services Head Start where my son attended school. I then moved into the medical field as a medical assistant/receptionist for an Oncology doctor. I continued in the medical field for a while until a few years ago where I became a caregiver for my parents and my 91 year old neighbor. In 2021, I decided to go back into the workforce for myself and really wanted to work with children. This venture landed me here at my current position. I couldn't have asked for a better position, children and co-workers as I have received at ITAVA.