Free & Low Cost Quality Care

Many children in Michigan qualify for high-quality child care and preschool at free or reduced cost. Click on the resources below to learn more about available programs and if you qualify.


Head Start/Early Head Start

Head Start is a free federal program promoting the school readiness of children ages 3-5 from low-income families. The program provides comprehensive and high-quality education, health, nutrition, and social services to enrolled children and families.  Click here to contact a Head Start program in your area for more information.


Great Start Readiness Program

Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program is a free state-funded preschool serving at-risk and low-income four-year-olds. The program expands access to preschool for children in families who don’t qualify for Head Start or those without access because of too few available and funded Head Start slots.  Click here for more information.


Child Development and Care Program

Michigan’s Child Development and Care Program provides supplemental child care payments enabling low-income parents to work. The subsidy can be used to purchase regulated child care in a center, group child care or a family home, or unlicensed care in the home of a relative or by an adult in the child’s home.  Click here for more information.