COOR/Iosco Great Start Scholarship Program
***Please note: The Preschool Scholarship application for 2016-2017 will not be available until the end of August/beginning of September.
Important Rules About Tuition-free Early Care/ Preschool
There are rules that all of the child care and preschool programs that are receiving state and/or federal funding have to follow when it comes to how and where kids who are eligible for tuition-free preschool are placed.
These rules are based on government requirements that we (all government funded programs) MUST follow. In our area, this includes: Head Start; and Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP- for 4-year-olds), which is full-day, tuition-free preschool funded by the State of Michigan, with no cost to parents, if income eligible.
The federal government’s main rule for Head Start (HS) programs is that all children who are income-eligible are placed in HS programs FIRST, UNTIL THEY ARE FULL & HAVE A WAITING LIST. Then, for 4-year-olds, if Head Start is not an option, the local GSRP must be explored to see if your child is eligible for the program.
Families who are eligible to receive a Great Start Preschool Scholarship:
- Your child is within the age range of 3-4 years old by September 1st
- Your child is not age eligible for kindergarten
- Your family income must fall within 300% of the poverty guidelines
- You have first applied to Head Start or Great Start Readiness Preschool Program through the intake form (http://bit.ly/COORPreschoolPartnership) or have a personal need for attending a private preschool.
- You must live in Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon, or Iosco County
Steps for applying for a Great Start Preschool Application:
COOR/Iosco Great Start Collaborative
PO BOX 827
Roscommon, MI 48653
- Fill out an application at: http://bit.ly/16-17GreatStartScholarship
- If denied acceptance into a Head Start or GSRP then complete the scholarship application and send proof of income to preferrable your most recent 1040: