Free PreK Programs

Michigan’s Free PreK Programs

A quality pre-kindergarten (PreK) experience sets your child up for success. It provides fun ways to learn concepts like early math, science, and literacy. It also helps them develop social and emotional skills in a place where all children can learn and grow together.

Michigan offers two high quality free PreK programs: Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and Head Start. Both programs use best practices to help children prepare for success in kindergarten and beyond. More children are eligible now as Michigan works toward its goal of PreK For All – free PreK for 4 year olds.

Michigan’s GSRP PreKindergarten (PreK) program is ranked #1 nationally. The majority of Michigan 4-year-olds qualify for free! Programs follow a school year schedule with full day, part day and 4 and 5-day options.

Successful Futures – Empowered by PreK

  • Ranked #1 nationally
  • Child must be 4 years old by Dec. 1
  • Majority of 4-year-olds qualify for free
  • Smaller class sizes with more one-on-one attention
  • All teachers have early childhood education and ongoing training
  • Research-based, state-approved curriculum
  • Meets all state health and safety standards
  • Healthy meals and snacks provided
  • For children 3 – 5 years old
  • Smaller class sizes for more one-on-one attention
  • Meets all state health and safety standards
  • Healthy meals and snacks provided
  • Offers full and part day schedules
  • Additional wrap-around family services provided

A quality preschool can set your child up for success.

With a program that provides learning opportunities.

Over 60% of Michigan’s 4-year-olds qualify – for free!

The majority of Michigan’s 4-year-olds qualify based on household income, including many families who didn’t think they would. You are encouraged to apply and see if your family is eligible. Children with a qualifying IEP, who are in foster care, or children who are experiencing homelessness are also eligible. There are other factors outside of income that may make children eligible.

Follow these easy steps!

  • Search by zip code to find a free PreK near your home or work
  • Select a program based on your needs
  • Contact the program or click the GSRP application button on the program profile to complete an application

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Families can apply during the spring or summer for the fall school year start. 

Programs enroll children based on the eligibility criteria and when they receive applications. Families that apply in the spring typically hear by May/June. Those that apply in the summer often hear within a few weeks. Free preschool programs prioritize the enrollment of children from households with lower incomes. Therefore, children from families with higher household income may be enrolled later or placed on a waiting list, depending on available space in classrooms. Enrollment for children turning 4 between September 2 and December 1, 2024 may also be delayed.

Some locations offer before and after school care. Many program profiles list this information. You can also contact the program via their phone number or website to confirm.

Some locations offer transportation. Review the program profile or contact the program through their phone number to confirm.

There are plenty of other high-quality preschools that are private pay. Use the Great Start to Quality website to find a program that fits your needs. Great Start to Quality Resource Centers can also help you with your search. Call them at 877.614.7328

A free preschool program may serve children ages 3 to 5 years old. A free PreK program is PreKindergarten and is for children who turn 4 years old by December 1.

The program follows a routine schedule, however, each program may have slightly different schedules. Download a sample GSRP schedule.

Great Start to Quality Resource Centers have people who can answer questions and help you with your search.

There are plenty of quality private pay preschool options available throughout the state.

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