GSRP enrollment forms available for pickup on Aug. 26, submissions accepted by appointment Sept. 1

A GSRP teacher sits on the floor to work with a child identifying letters.

Dearborn Public Schools will make applications available for this year’s GSRP preschool programs offered throughout the district on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 from 10 a.m – noon. Applications will be available for pick up outside the office doors at the following locations:

  • Cotter Early Childhood Center 13020 Osborn St.
  • Salina Elementary 2700 Ferney St.
  • Long Elementary 3100 Westwood St.
  • McCollough-Unis 7801 Maple St.
  • Whitmore Bolles 21501 Whitmore St.
  • McDonald Elementary 10151 Diversey 
  • Becker Elementary 10821 Henson St.

Please be sure to wear a mask when picking up applications.

When you pick up an application, an appointment will be made for your family to return paperwork on September 1st.

If families cannot not make it to one of these locations to pick up an application or if there is currently an application on file and an appointment is needed, please contact Cotter Early Childhood Center at 313-827-6150 before September 1st. 

GSRP will be starting virtually this school year and will follow the direction of Dearborn Schools for returning to face-to-face instruction. Teachers will be working with accepted families remotely and offering some face-to-face assistance for families able to visit their classroom.

If families have already completed the application process and received an acceptance letter, a preschool teacher will contact the family during the first week in September.

GSRP (the Great Start Readiness Program) is a state sponsored program for families who qualify based on income. The program services low-income and working class families who are below the 250% of the federal poverty guidelines, said Early Childhood Coordinator Amy Modica.

To be enrolled, children must turn 4 years old before Dec. 1, 2020.  Priority is given to students who have birthdays before Sept. 1 because those students will qualify to start kindergarten next year, but the program will take students with birthdays between Sept. 1 and Dec. 1, if space is available.

To apply, students must live with a parent or legal guardian within the Dearborn Public School District.

Dearborn currently has 480 slots for GSRP students 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 are generally 16 students with two adults, including a certified early childhood specialist.  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. 

“We focus on kindergarten readiness.  Our emphasis is on student social/emotional readiness for school,” Modica said.  In addition to learning academics like letters and colors, GSRP students learn how to get along with other children, how to take care of themselves, and other skills they will need to thrive in kindergarten.

Families were notified in July if their child was accepted to the program or put on a waiting list.  Those with birthdays from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 will not find out until the beginning of September if they are accepted to the program.

“We encourage interested families to call and learn more and to fill out an application,” Modica said.