Children learn so much in their first five years. Quality child care and preschool helps children learn, grow and develop. The foundation is set for children to be successful in school, work and life when they have a safe place to learn, explore their world and build relationships.

Great Start to Quality is Michigan's rating system that evaluates the quality of child care and preschool providers.  As a Michigan family, you can use Great Start to Quality as a tool to help you look up and compare early childhood programs to find the best care for your child. On a scale of one- to five-stars, child care and preschool providers are scored in different areas, and those scores are combined to give them their star rating.

Quality Child Care and Preschool

It is important for you to understand the different types of care available for your child, and to know the criteria a program needs to meet to fit your needs. Great Start to Quality gives you information and resources needed to determine the best type of care for your child.

Extra Support for Families

Great Start to Quality Resource Centers across the state can assist in your search for quality child care and preschool, and provide information about financial assistance. Resource Centers also have a lending library of learning materials for you to use with your children.