Michigan has different programs for children to be able to attend high-quality, low cost or free, child care and preschool. Each federal or state funded program has different requirements to qualify and services they provide.
Free or Low Cost Child Care & Preschool
Child Development and Care Program
Michigan's Child Development and Care (CDC) program provides supplemental child care payments allowing low-income parents to work. The subsidy can be used for regulated child care in a licensed center, group child care home, family child care home or unlicensed care in the home of a relative or by an adult in the child's home.
Great Start Readiness Program
Michigan's Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a free state-funded preschool program serving at-risk and low-income four year olds. The program gives access to preschool for children who do not qualify for Head Start or those without access to preschool because there are not enough available Head Start slots.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start is a free federal program that provides support to low-income families of infants and toddlers under the age of 3 and pregnant women. The program provides a wide range of high-quality education, health, nutrition, family support and social services to enrolled infants and toddlers, pregnant women and their families.
Head Start is a free federal program for children ages 3 to 5 years serving low-income families. The program promotes school readiness for the children enrolled, while also giving support to their families. Head Start provides enrolled children and families with a wide range of high-quality education, health, nutrition and social services.