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