Cotter Early Childhood Center

GSRP – Enrollment

Application Process for Dearborn Public Schools GSRP Program:

If you are interested in receiving information about the Dearborn Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program please fill out the Dearborn Public School Application by clicking on this link below :  (please note that uploading documents is not required, but we will need all documents listed to determine eligibility)

For an application call Cotter at 313-827-6150.

Information About Dearborn Public Schools Great Start Readiness Program:

Dearborn Public Schools Great Start  Readiness Program provides a high quality early learning experience for four-year-old  students.  Providing a high quality education is the purpose of Dearborn Public Schools. Our commitment to the district’s youngest learners is partnered with families and the community and is respected and valued.

Children  must be 4 years of age by December 1, of the year of entry, and reside in Dearborn. Students selected for the Great Start Readiness Program, must meet  guidelines as set forth by Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

Dearborn Public Schools prekindergarten classroom curriculum is aligned with the National Early Childhood Standards and Michigan State Board of Education, Early Childhood Standards of Quality. To ensure fidelity to the standards, the early childhood programs are monitored through an inclusive and collaborative approach. The building principal  monitors teaching and learning through the prekindergarten classroom visitation system, teacher evaluation, weekly collaboration, Professional Learning Communities, student assessments (Child Observation Record (COR)), and through a formalized process, the Program Quality Assessment (PQA).

The recruitment, eligibility and selection of prekindergarten children and their families for Early Childhood programs within the Dearborn Public Schools (GSRP ) is an ongoing process throughout the school year.  As classes are filled to capacity, prioritization continues to be based on families having the most identifiable needs by established criteria. Consideration is taken as to how the risk factors negatively impact the child’s development or future educational success.  Application to the program does not imply acceptance.   A wait list is created by the above prioritization process and vacancies will be filled from the waiting list .

GSRP Site Locations*:

Cotter Early Childhood Center

Lowrey Elementary

Geer Park Elementary


William Ford Elementary

Henry Ford Elementary

Long Elementary

McCollough Elementary

McDonald Elementary

Oakman Elementary

River Oaks Elementary


Whitmore-Bolles Elementary

*We will do our best to provide the most appropriate placement, but placement is not guarantee.


Documentation Needed for Application Process

  • Birth Certificate
  • Child must be four (4) years old by December 1st,  of the year he/she begins school.
  • Proof of Income
  • Completed Child Application Form
  • Proof of Disability (if applicable)
  • The child’s parents or guardians must reside in Dearborn.
  •  Family interview  (Risk Factors)
  •  Assessment of Child

Great Start Readiness Program

The Great Start Readiness Program is a state-funded prekindergarten program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and administered by Wayne RESA. Class size is limited to 16 students, meets four days per week (M-Th)  and the program provides educational, health, social work, mental health and parent involvement services. Classrooms are located within the Dearborn Schools at Cotter Early Childhood Center, Becker, McCollough Elementary, McDonald Elementary, River Oaks Elementary, Miller Elementary, Salina Elementary, Salina Intermediate and Whitmore-Bolles Elementary.

Who qualifies?

In addition to the age requirement, all children must also meet GSRP Risk Factors.