Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

Holly Area Schools is happy to offer the Head Start and GSRP tuition free preschool programs.  These programs utilize the High Scope Curriculum which supports the belief that children learn best by pursuing their personal interests and goals.  Students are encouraged to make choices about materials and activities throughout their day.  They explore, ask and answer questions, solve problems, and interact with classmates and adults.  A central element of the day is the "Plan, Do, Review" process.  Children make a plan, carry it out, and then reflect on the results.  Students maintain a sense of control over the events of the day, because teachers provide a consistent routine so that students can predict what comes next.

Call 248.328.3027 to find out if you’re eligible for our free preschool programs.

Program Services Provided

Our teachers provide experiences and materials that help children develop broad language skills and logical thinking. The central idea of this approach is active learning; the belief that children learn best through active experiences with people, materials, events, and ideas, rather than through direct instruction. Teachers provide opportunities throughout the day for reading, writing, listening, and exploring books. Students practice beginning skills in counting, number sense, comparing numbers, and one to one correspondence.

In cases where behavior issues may arise, we view it as an opportunity to teach.  Our program practices the six steps of conflict resolution. Preschoolers are not too young to learn the skills of solving conflict.  With teacher support, they can often think of simple, creative solutions to solve problems that arise in the classroom setting. 

Both the Head Start and GSRP Programs provide:

  • High Scope Curriculum
  • Kindergarten Preparation
  • Parent Involvement and Input
  • Individualized Lessons
  • Breakfast,  Lunch, and Snack
  • Social Skills and Self Help Skills
  • A National Proven Curriculum
  • Low Adult to Child Ratio 8:1
  • Field Trips
  • Mobile Dentist
  • Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Home Visits
  • Monitored by County and State
  • All Staff Certified in CPR, First Aid, and Blood-borne Pathogens
  • No Fees to Parent (eligibility requirements must be met)

Head Start Qualifications

Head Start is a free preschool program for those who qualify through income levels set by the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  Income is not a factor if a child has a disability.  Children must be three years old by September 1st.  Head Start offers full day sessions, Monday through Thursday.  Head Start teachers hold a Bachelor’s degree and Assistants hold their Child Development Associates (within two years of hire).  Teachers and assistant teachers must attend 24 hours of Early Childhood training each year.

You will need the following items to enroll:


  • Birth Certificate
  • Current Income Information (W2’s, current taxes, SSI, no income statement, etc.)
  • Immunization Records
  • Annual Physical (w/iron and lead results)
  • Dental Exam or Mobile Dentist (provided by program)

Head Start clasrooms are currently located at Davisburg Elementary and Holly Elementary.

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) Qualifications

GSRP is funded and licensed through the State of Michigan.  It serves children who turn four as of September 1st.  A family can make up to 250% above the federal poverty guideline (for example, a family of four can make $59,625).  In some cases, families over the income cap may qualify.  All GSRP classrooms are full day Monday through Thursday.  GSRP teachers have a current teaching certificate with an Early Childhood Endorsement or a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood .  Assistant teachers must have a Child Development Associates certificate.  Teachers and Assistant teachers must attend 24 hours of Early Childhood training annually.

You will need the following to enroll:


  • Birth Certificate
  • Current Income Information (W2s, current taxes, etc.)
  • Immunization Records
  • Physical

GSRP classrooms are currently located at all four of our district elementary buildings.

Audrey Winglemire
Karl Richter Campus
Maureen Devroy
Karl Richter Campus
Enrollment/Parent Involvement
Holly Elementary
Holly Elementary
Rose Pioneer Elementary
Patterson Elementary
Lesa Neuwirth
Davisburg Elementary
Patterson Elementary
Holly Elementary
Davisburg Elementary

Head Start/GSRP Calendar

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