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.

Age Requirements:

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. 

Program Information:

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

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Qualified Teachers: 

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 

Parent/Student Handbook:

The Pre-K Parent/Student Handbook is available from the main office. You may view it here as well. 


Our Staff

Mrs. Amy (Lead 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.

Miss. Ashley (Assistant Teacher)

I am currently studying Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Madonna University. My overall goal is to obtain a Master's Degree in Special Education. I have worked in the Education field for six years now. This includes: after school care, substitute teaching, paraprofessional in a Kindergarten classroom paraprofessional with ESL students, and now assisting in the GSRP room. I also have had a 100+ observation hours while attending Madonna. When it comes to working with kids, I'm beyond passionate! I enjoy seeing them grow in all aspects, and love being a part of their journey. Besides working and going to school, I enjoy time with my family, friends, ad two puppies! 

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!