Community Evaluation Programs

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Evaluation of the Great Start Readiness Program

Data Source: 2018-19

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded preschool program offered across Michigan for four-year old children with factors that might place them at risk for educational failure. The program is designed to provide children with high-quality experiences that help prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally for kindergarten.

Our team of researchers at Michigan State University was awarded the GSRP state evaluation grant in October 2017. Through this longitudinal evaluation, our objectives are to support data-driven program improvement efforts and to provide scientific evidence that demonstrates the impacts of the State’s investment in GSRP.

Learn more about the GSRP state evaluation and the research questions it aims to answer.

The data presented here include major findings from the Cohort 2/Year 2 (2018-2019) program year. During this period, GSRP funding was awarded to 56 ISDs, operated by 51 ISDs and 2 consortia representing 5 ISDs, who oversaw subrecipients managing 1,182 sites and 2,352 classrooms. A total of 38,075 children were served, with 96% coming from low-income families. Fifty-three percent were White (non-Hispanic), 28% were Black, 10% Hispanic/Latino, 5% multi-racial, 2% Asian, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native and less than 1% were Hawaiian/Pacific Islander.