St. Clair County Free Programs for 0-5 Year Olds

Why should I consider preschool for my child?

Attending a high-quality early childhood program prepares children to be successful in kindergarten and beyond.  Experts agree that children who have quality early learning experiences are better prepared to be successful in school and throughout life.  St. Clair County's free preschool opportunities, Head Start, Early Head Start and the Great Start Readiness Program, use research-based curriculum to prepare children academically and socially for success in school.

Great Start Readiness Program (4 year olds)

GSRP is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors that may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Parents incur no cost for the program.

Research on preschool programs and specific research on GSRP indicates that children provided with a high-quality preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program.

The St. Clair County RESA  serves a consortium of Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP) throughout the county. RESA serves as the fiscal and administrative agent. 


Great Start to Quality Rating 

Algonac Community Schools 4 Stars
Blue Water Community Action - Head Start    4 Stars 
Capac Community Schools 4 Stars 
East China School District 4 Stars 
Marysville Public Schools 4 Stars 
Memphis Community Schools 4 Stars 
Port Huron Area School District 4 Stars 
Yale Public Schools 4 Stars 


0-5 Head Start (pregnant women and children under 5)

Head Start preschools provide children with a safe environment, nutritious meals, health care and the skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Children attend early childhood centers four half days each week.

The Head Start program focuses on child development, family support, medical and nutritional care of enrolled children. Head Start is free of charge to children whose family's income falls within program guidelines and to children with disabilities.

The Community Action Agency of St. Clair County runs the Head Start Programs throughout the county. Visit their website for more information.



Great Start to Quality Rating 

Blue Water Community Action Agency-Head Start      4 Stars



Great Start Readiness Program, Early Head Start and Head Start Interest & Information Form

If you are interested in a FREE program for 0-5 year olds in St. Clair County fill out the form below.  Click here to see the Preschool Checklist with information about enrollment.  

Free Preschool Interest Form

Child's Information
Please indicate your first and second choice of the preschool programs that you would prefer your child to attend. All attempts will be made to put your child in the first program of choice. Priority is based on the child's age, family income level and other eligibility criteria. There is no guarantee that by filling out this form your child will be placed in a Head Start or GSRP classroom.
By checking this box you agree to release this information to be shared via email with St. Clair County Head Start, Early Head Start and/or the Great Start Readiness Program.
More preschool options
For more preschool and early care opportunities visit Great Start to Quality 
Preschool Checklist
  1. Interest form is completed and submitted online, E-mail confirmation is received.  A full application will be sent by your 1st choice program.  (Please note, this does not mean your child is enrolled.)
  2. Once the application is complete and returned you will be contacted after June 1st to set up an appointment to begin the enrollment process.
  3. When you meet with your child's preschool to start the enrollment process, please bring the following information:
    1. Birth Certificate
    2. Physical Form, signed by doctor
    3. Immunization record
    4. Dental/Vision Forms (if required)
    5. Income Verification (Example: W-2, paystubs, unemployment, etc.)
    6. Current Address
  4. You will be contacted by your preschool in late summer to verify enrollment.