Great Start Collaborative      of Jackson County
Our Children, Our Community, Our Future


Looking for Preschool for Your Child?

Apply by completing the 2021-2022 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. 

                                       Map of Jackson County Head Start and GSRP Locations

                                                                 2020-2021 GSRP Flyer

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. 

Birth Certificate

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.

Preschool Partners

Click on the program name to send an email with specific program questions. 

What Families Usually Qualify for Free Preschool?

  • Single-parent and military families
  • Working families
  • Children in foster care
  • Homeless families
  • Families who have a child who receives free or reduced lunch
Income eligibility is based on family size.

# Of Family Members

Income At Or Below















For families of more than 8, add $11,350 for each additional family member.               

Great Start to Quality

To search for a child care or preschool program to meet your needs and view program Star Ratings visit Great Start to Quality.

Need Help Paying for Child Care?

Child Care Network may be able to help:

Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County     6700 Browns Lake Rd, Jackson, MI  49201

Jackson County Preschool Hotline: 517-768-5130

This site was developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

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