GSRP enrollment starting soon, parents can sign up to be notified

A teacher instructs a group of young students sitting in a circle on the floor.

Families interested in the Great Start Readiness Program preschool for next year, can now sign up to get a notice when registration begins.

Interested families should visit the Cotter School website and fill out the Interest Form.  Official registration for the program was delayed this year after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered all schools to close to slow the spread of COVID 19.  The Interest Form collects some preliminary information to help see if families would be eligible.

GSRP is a state-sponsored program that is free to low-income and working class families.  To be eligible, children must be 4 years old by Dec. 1 and live within the Dearborn Public School District.  Preference is given to students who will be 4 by Sept. 1, because they would be expected to start kindergarten the following school year.

Dearborn currently has 480 students in GSRP at 12 locations, including Cotter School; Becker, Long, McCollough, Henry Ford, McDonald, Oakman, River Oaks, Salina, Whitmore-Bolles, and William Ford elementary schools; and Salina Intermediate. 

GSRP classes have 16 students with two adults. Classes meet for a full school day from Monday through Thursday. Times vary slightly by building, but are similar to the elementary school schedule. The program meets detailed state requirements using the Highscope Curriculum for how and what students learn.

Parents who are interested in the program are encouraged to register or learn more.