Early Childhood

  • The Office of Early Learning ensures that all children have access to high-quality early learning programs and enter kindergarten prepared for success. We ensure that all early childhood outcomes include:

    • Children thriving
    • Children are developmentally ready to succeed in school.
    • Children are prepared to succeed by achieving an appropriate grade level reading proficiency.

    We provide a no-cost for you, high-quality early learning experience for students who are four (4) years old by December 1st of the current school year.

    Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

    The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded prekindergarten program for four-year-old children.  The program is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and administered by Wayne RESA. The maximum class size is 18 students.  Early childhood students attend school four days per week (M-TH).  The program provides educational, health, mental health, and parental involvement services.  Students selected for the Great Start Readiness Program must meet income guidelines.


    Looking for a high quality preschool? Look no further

     How to begin: Complete the following steps:

    • Step 1: Complete the Pre-Screen Form 22-23 SY  
    • Step 2: Watch our DPSCD Pre-K Experience Video 
    • Step 3: Gather documentation:
      • Child’s Birth Verification (Birth Certificate preferred)
      • Child’s Immunization Record or Waiver
      • Child’s Health Appraisal 
      • Parent/Guardian ID
      • Parent Proof of Income 
    • Step 4: A DPSCD Pre-K teacher or Early Learning Staff Member will contact you regarding a virtual or face-to-face family conference to complete and submit application and required documentation.

    Michigan Academic Standards for Early Childhood

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Contact Information

  • Office of Early Learning 

    16164 Asbury Park
    2nd Floor
    Detroit, MI 48235

    Enrollment: (313) 347-8923
    Para inscribirse: (313) 576-0100

    Amanda Mattea
    Deputy Executive Director