Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County
GREAT START READINESS PRESCHOOL (GSRP)
Looking for Preschool for Your Child?
Apply by completing the 2023-2024 Preschool Interest Form.
The preschool years are critical for helping children gain important academic and social skills that lead to success in kindergarten. Jackson County’s Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) educators both use research-based curriculum to prepare children for success in school. On top of the excellent education your child will receive while attending these programs, they will also be creating fun, memorable experiences that will last a lifetime. At any of the many locations throughout Jackson County, you can be confident knowing your child is in good hands. View the map below to see which locations might work best for you.
Because of the importance of preschool in preparing children for kindergarten, both Head Start and the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) are free to many families. To see if your family qualifies, please view the chart to the right. Ready to apply? Simply complete the interest form above to begin process of enrolling your child.
After we receive your interest form, you will begin receiving information on how you can complete income verification, the second and final step of the application process. Below is a list of the documents that you will need to provide us with.
1040 Tax Form(s)
W2's OR Most Recent Pay stub - IF you have had your job for at least two years.
Also, if it applies to anyone in your family, please bring:
Legal Guardianship, Adoption, or Foster Care Documentation
Documentation of Child Support Payments
Public Assistance Benefits (FIP, SSI, or Social Security)
College Tuition Statements
Military Benefit Statements
In order to complete your application appropriately, please make sure to bring all documentation that applies to your family.
What Families Usually Qualify for Free Preschool?
Income eligibility is based on family size.
For families of more than 8, add $12,850 for each additional family member.
Finding the right child care, preschool or schoolage program can be challenging. Use greatstarttoquality.org to search every licensed program near you. The search engine includes information about program hours, costs, schedule, and program quality.
Need Help Paying for Child Care?
Child Care Network may be able to help:
Kelly Sheppard - Early Childhood Consultant
Bridget Griffith - Early Childhood Coordinator
Kathy Schaefer - Early Childhood Administrative and Data Support Specialist
Jean Allison - Early Childhood Specialist
Wendy Bell - Early Childhood Specialist
Catherine Brubaker - Early Childhood Specialist
Karyn Head - Early Childhood Specialist
Kymalee Gresh - Early Childhood Specialist
Erica Bullinger - Early Childhood Specialist
The materials are funded through a grant provided by the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential.