Great Start Readiness Program

Head Start & TCAPS’ Great Start Readiness Programs

Working together to offer quality classroom opportunities to area preschool children. 


HeadStart logoWorking together to offer quality classroom opportunities to area preschool children. Children must be 3-4 years old by September 1 (December 1 with waiver). For more information or to make an appointment, please call Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency at 231.346.2116 or 800.632.7334.

Great Start Readiness Program

Great Start Readiness Program logoThe Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a free state-funded preschool program for eligible children who turn four years of age on or before September 1. Children attend school four full days, Monday – Thursday, at select TCAPS locations. Transportation options may be available. Children of all abilities are encouraged to apply. Eligibility determined at the time of application. For more information or to make an appointment, please call Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency at 231.346.2116 or 800.632.7334. PDF DocumentView the Great Start Readiness Participant Handbook.

Great Start Readiness Locations:*

  • Blair Elementary School
    Mike Vincent, Manager
    Lucy Bryce, Manager
  • Central Grade School
    Andrea Angove, Manager
  • Courtade Elementary School
    Lynn Freeman, Manager
  • Long Lake Elementary School
    Lindsey Walker, Manager
  • Silver Lake Elementary School
    Stephanie Maskart, Manager
  • Traverse Heights Elementary School
    Liz Walker, Manager

*Locations subject to change.

For more information about the program and eligibility criteria, please call the TCAPS Early Childhood office at 231.933.1783.

USDA Anti-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at 202.720.2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800.877.8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at External LinkHow to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866.632.9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: 202.690.7442; or (3) email:

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Last Published: 11/19/2015