Great Start Readiness Program

MI Classroom Heroes Information: 

The Michigan Department of Treasury is proud to announce the expansion of the MI Classroom Heroes COVID-19 Grants to include a new grant program for specific program teachers.Under the latest grant opportunity, eligible Great Start Readiness Program (GRSP), Head Start, adult education and young adult (ages 18-26) special education teachers can receive a grant of up to $500. A supplemental signed by Governor Whitmer at the end of 2020 provides $2.5 million for the grant program.

To help combat the spread of COVID-19, Governor Whitmer on April 2, 2020, signed an executive order that suspended in-person instruction of students and provided limited and temporary relief from certain requirements so instruction could continue through alternative methods during the public health crisis.

The GRSP, Head Start, Adult Education, and Young Adult Special Education COVID-19 Teacher Grant Program was created in state law to recognize the additional time and additional costs specific program teachers in a school district or nonprofit nonpublic school spent to ensure learning continued when in-person instruction was suspended last spring. Full-time and part-time specific program teachers in a school district or nonprofit nonpublic school classroom during the 2019-2020 school year prior to the suspension of in-class activities are eligible.

To receive up to $500, specific program teachers must have performed at least of 75% of their standard instruction workload in brick-and-mortar classrooms during the last school year prior to the suspension of in-person instruction on April 2, 2020.The state Treasury Department will be working directly with districts, nonprofit nonpublic schools, and other partners in the education community to implement this grant program and distribute grant dollars to recipients.

For more information about this new grant program, please visit Questions should be directed by phone to 517-241-6000 or email to

What do we do?

GSRP is one of several free preschool programs in Berrien County for 4-year old children. Applications are reviewed for Head Start eligibility first. Each child must qualify for the preschool program based on guidelines that include income verification and documentation of other school success risk factors. Those children who qualify for Head Start may not qualify for the GSRP.

GSRP is supported through funds provided by the State of Michigan while the Head Start preschool program is supported through funds provided by the federal government. The first step for parents wanting free preschool for their child is to complete the preschool eligibility process.

Does your child qualify for GSRP?

GSRP is a preschool program for children who are 4 years old before September 1st. Classrooms are located at different sites across Berrien County. Classrooms can be full-day or half-day sessions, Monday-Thursday. All teachers and assistant teachers have early childhood credentials and training.

The focus of the GSRP is to offer children hands-on experiences, in a variety of learning opportunities, with time to play while exploring their world. Your child will have the opportunity to experience gross motor and fine motor activities, enhance socialization skills through play and language, explore their world and participate in both teacher and child-directed learning experiences. Lunch or snack is provided daily.

We are here for YOU!

  • We provide free preschool programming to families that qualify.
  • Half-day and Full day programming is available.
  • Offer support in locating additional preschool programming if families don’t qualify.
  • Offer hands-on classroom experiences.
  • Variety of classroom learning opportunities.
  • Experiences such as gross and fine motor activities.
  • Exploration of socialization skills through play and language.

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Contact Information

Tia Miller
Supervisor of Preschool Services
Tel: 269-471-7725, ext. 3355
Fax: 269-473-1113
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