The UM-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) has been awarded the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) grant from the Michigan Department of Education. The grant totals $195,388 for the year. This will fund the tuition for a high quality preschool program for 4-year-old children who may be at risk of becoming educationally disadvantaged or who may exhibit special needs. Studies conducted by High/Scope Educational Research Foundation have shown that children who are at risk and participate in such quality preschool programs are better prepared upon entering school and continue to show academic progress five years later.

The grant allows 55 children per year to attend the ECEC program for four half-days free of charge during the school year. To qualify for the grant, children must have at least two risk factors; the majority of the children have low income as one of the risk factors. Priority for participation in the grant program will be given to student, staff and faculty families.

To be eligible for the grant, children must be 4 years old by September 1st of the 2015-2016 school year for which you apply and exhibit at least two factors that may place them at risk for success in school. The State Department of Education defines the risk factors, e.g., low birth weight, low income, parental substance abuse or addiction. 

2015-2016 GSRP GRANT

GSRP grant enrollment is contingent upon the ECEC being awarded the grant each year. The 2015-2016 grant is for children who are 4 years old by September 1, 2015 with birthdates between 09/02/10 and 09/01/11. To see if your child may qualify, please review the grant application packet below and turn the completed application in to the ECEC office.