FREE PRESCHOOL ELIGIBILITY


Families qualify based on income and other factors.

Head Start Income Criteria

In order to qualify for Head Start, you must be a resident of the state of Michigan, you must be a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school. Also, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Income information table

*For households with more than eight people, add $4,060 per additional person.

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.

Great Start Readiness Program Income Criteria

In order to qualify for Great Start Readiness Programs, you must be a resident of the state of Michigan, you must be a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school. Also, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Great Start Income Criteria

*For households with more than eight people, add $10,150 per additional person. If you do not meet the income criteria, you may still qualify if your risk factors include:

  • diagnosed disability or identified developmental delay
  • severe or challenging behavior
  • primary home language other than English
  • parent/guardian has not graduated from high school or is illiterate
  • abuse/neglect of child or parent
  • parental or sibling loss or challenges due to divorce, incarceration, military service, absence or death
  • teen parent
  • unstable or unsafe housing
  • prenatal or postnatal exposure to toxins known to cause learning or developmental delays