Getting Started

All licensed child care programs who choose to participate in Great Start to Quality must apply for a rating in STARS which can be accessed through the program's MiRegistry Organization Profile. Please note: applying for a star rating is a separate process from applying for MiRegistry membership.

  • The information in the application determines which version of the Self-Assessment Survey is right for the program.
  • Review the information in the five (5) application sections: General Information, Licensing and Affiliations, Accreditation, Capacity, and Classrooms.
  • Use the Edit button at the top of the page to make changes.  It is important to know if the program:
    • Is a GSRP, Head Start or Early Head Start, serves Schoolagers Only, or if your program is NAEYC accredited.
    • Is your GSRP not showing in the Organization Profile on the Status tab? Please email your license number and program name to Validation@ecic4kids.org so we can begin verifying GSRP funding with the Michigan Department of Education-Office of Great Start to get this corrected.
  • For some programs, Classrooms within the Organization Profile must be named in a specific way:
    • GSRP, Head Start or Early Head Start and NAEYC classrooms should be named the License Number-Lead Teachers Last name (e.g. DC111111111-Lead Teacher's last name).
    • Out of School Time Only programs should be named Great Start to Quality-OST.
  • When selecting the Assessor type in the Classroom section of the Organization Profile, select GSQ Assessor unless the program is a  GSRP, Head Start/Early Head Start or NAEYC accredited program that is planning on using Approved Assessor PQA results. 
  • Once all sections of the application are confirmed, select the Submit Application button (located at the bottom of the page).
  • After the Application is submitted, a member of Great Start to Quality will call the contact person to confirm the information is accurate within 3-4 business days. This call typically lasts 5-15 minutes.

Learn how to add classroom information in the Organization Profile.

Learn how to apply for a star rating and please contact your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center online or by calling 1-877-614-7328 if you need assistance.

 

Submitting an Application