Mission Statement/Philosophy
The goal of the Great Start Readiness Program is to provide children with experiences, skills and knowledge which result in a strong foundation for school success. Students are actively engaged in learning through a variety of classroom activities. Instructional staff support each child's growth and development as individuals and as members of a group.

Program Requirements:(as per grant guidelines from the STATE OF MICHIGAN)
  • Children must be four years of age on or before September 1, 2017.  
  • Participate in a minimum of two home visits.
  • Participate in at least two parent teacher conferences.
  • Provide a completed health appraisal (signed by a physician) and updated immunization records for their child before school begins. Should your child have an appointment scheduled after school starts, inform the teacher so correct paperwork may be filled out in order for your child to attend school. 
  • Read weekly newsletters.
  • Volunteer and be part of your child's education.

Parent Notice of Program Measurement*
  • Portage Public School's Great Start Readiness Program is required to work with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to measure the effect of the state-wide Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). Information is sometimes collected about GSRP staff, enrolled children, and their families. 
    • Program staff or a representative from MDE might:
      • Ask parents questions about their child and family.
      • Observe children in the classroom. 
      • Measure what children know about letters, words, and numbers. 
      • Ask teachers how children are learning and growing.
      • Information from you and about your child will not be shared with others in any way that you or your child could be identified. It is protected by law.

Questions? Contact: mde-gsrp@michigan.gov or 517-373-8483
Or MDE, Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Services,
608 W. Allegan, P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909