Free Quality Preschool in Washtenaw County


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Children who attend a high quality program in the year or two before kindergarten are better prepared for school academically, socially and emotionally.

Free quality preschool programs are available in every community for Washtenaw County residents, with teachers who are highly qualified and skilled in working with young learners.

The Washtenaw County Quality Preschool Partnership is a collaboration of school districts and community-based providers who offer state (GSRP) and federal (Head Start) funded preschool services for low to moderate income families. All the partner agencies are committed to supporting families and ensuring that every preschool child enters kindergarten ready to learn. These programs offer a quality educational preschool experience.

Please be aware that according to new state guidelines:

  • For Great Start Readiness Programs: Your 4 year old child/children must be born between 9/2/2016 to 9/1/2017 and have an income that is from 0-250% of the Federal Poverty Level as well as lives within the Washtenaw Intermediate School District boundaries.
  • For Head Start Programs: Your 3 to 4 year old child/children must be born between 9/2/2016 to 12/1/2018 and have an income that is from 0-100% of the Federal Poverty Level as well as lives within Washtenaw County.

Qualifying is easier than you might think. For example, a family of 4 earning up to $66,250 a year may qualify.* Space is limited. To see if your child is eligible, visit If you do not have Internet access or need help completing the form, call 1-800-777-2861.

*Participating preschool programs are funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Department of Education. A school-year program is valued at $7,450 per year based on school-day GSRP.


Map of free quality preschool programs in Washtenaw County.

Information on each of the county's free preschool programs, including the availability of transportation and wraparound child care.

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