Parent Frequently Asked Questions
Here is a selection of the most common questions that we are asked by parents.If you have questions that are not addressed here, please call us at 989-671-8181.
After completing the application, you may still need to provide income, additional information to verify eligibility, and complete the enrollment process. Priority for enrollment is based on family income and additional life experiences. You will be contacted by a program advisor who will discuss next steps with you.
Tuition free programs are required to follow prioritization guidelines when enrolling children into families. Eligibility is primarily based on family income (federal poverty level), life experiences and child's age.
Head Start and Great Start Readiness programs are federally funded or funded by the Michigan Department of Education and have a defined list of eligibility factors. Preschool Interest Forms are reviewed for Head Start eligibility first.
Each child must qualify for the preschool program based on guidelines that include income verification and documentation of other school readiness risk factors.
Four year-old programs - Children must be born between September 2, 2012 and September 1, 2013 to be eligible for a four year-old Head Start program during the 2017-18 school year.
Three year-old program - Children must be born between September 2, 2013 and September 1, 2014 to be eligible for a three year-old head start program during the 2017-18 school year. Three year old children will not be considered for enrollment until late summer, openings are limited.
Early Head Start - Children born after September 1, 2014 may be eligible for Early Head Start programs.
Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)
Four year-old programs- children must be born between September 2, 2017 and September 1, 2013 to be eligible for a Great Start Readiness program during the 2017-18 school year.
No, indicating three program preferences does not mean your application will be sent to all three. Applications are sent to one program at a time.
We always try to honor parent request and send an application to your first preference, but if that program is full or has a school of choice policy that limits your child's enrollment, we may send your application to your second or third choice.
Income is all of the money the parent/guardian(s) living with the child have earned before taxes. Income includes:
- Wages or salary from a job
- Money earned from self-employment
- Retirement or disability payments
- Unemployment benefits
- Child support
- College/university scholarships or grants
- Interest/investment income or periodic payments from a trust
- Lawsuit settlement payments
- Gambling winnings
All programs use evidence-based early childhood curriculums as approved by the Michigan Department of Education.Highscope – for more information, visit Highscope.
Yes, many of the District and Community Based Agencies that offer GSRP or Head Start also offer tuition programs. If your preferences include a site that has a tuition based program your application will be routed to that location.
If your preferences do not include a site that offers a tuition based program the, Great Start to Quality provides information on every licensed child care provider in Michigan. It can help you find a child care and/or preschool for your child.
Visit Great Start to Quality for more information.
Here you will find information on before- and after-school care, locations and contact information. Great Start to Quality
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