Give Your Child a Jumpstart to Kindergarten with Quality Free Preschool
All children are born ready to learn and can be successful with the right tools and support. Research shows that 90% of a child’s brain development happens by age 5. Michigan offers two quality free preschool programs designed to support school readiness. Many families qualify and are encouraged to apply.
- Hands-on learning
- Planning based on each child’s strengths and needs
- Healthy nutrition – breakfast, lunch and snacks provided (based on schedule)
- Strong parent involvement
- Connections to resources and services (speech, behavior, physical, cognitive therapists)
Head Start Overview & Eligibility
Children ages 3 to 5 years old can participate in Head Start. Some counties in Michigan also offer Early Head Start for children birth to 3 years. Eligibility is based on family size and household income. Head Start also reserves seats for families who are multilingual, children in foster care, and children who have delays or an IEP. View the 2021 income eligibility chart.
Head Start Parent Story
Great Start Readiness Program Overview & Eligibility
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is for children who are 4 years old by December 1. First priority is given to children who turn 4 by September 1. Eligibility is based on family size and income. Families who are multilingual, children in foster care, and children who have delays or an IEP are encouraged to apply. Funding has increased to allow more centers to offer GSRP to eligible families. View 2021 income eligibility chart.