Great Start Readiness Program


Q & A:

This is to hopefully answer some commonly asked questions about the Great Start Readiness Program (G.S.R.P.) or more commonly referred to as Cass City's Early Childhood Four-Year Old Program (EC).

What is the Early Childhood Program?

-it is a program funded from an allocation grant from the Michigan Department of Education to develop a preschool program that serves eligible four-year-old children


Who may qualify for this program?

-any four-year-old with a birthday on or between December 2, 2008 and December 1, 2009 that reside in the Cass City School District


When does the program meet?

-the program meets Monday through Thursday, either morning or afternoon; from approximately mid-September until mid-May


Where does the program meet?

-the program is located in the Early Childhood Center


Why doesn't everyone who applies get in?

-the state only allocates money for a certain number of students each year;

-students are then chosen in the following order:

1st) the highest eligible student (currently, 20 total spaces)

2nd) students who are eligible, but all positions have been filled,- - -these students are offered the first tuition spaces

3rd) "tuition only" spaces are usually available (has varied from 0-14 spaces each year) and will be granted on a "first-come, first-served " basis


How do I apply?

-fill out an application, and submit it to the director as soon as they are available---any tuition spaces that may be available will be filled on a "first-come, first-served" basis

Eligible applicants must send income verification with their application. (e.g. W-2 form, food stamp or FIP number, etc.)