COOR/Iosco Great Start Scholarship Program

Parent Information:

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.

Family Eligibility

Families who are eligible to receive a Great Start Preschool Scholarship who live in Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, and Roscommon:

  • 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 400% of the poverty guidelines

Steps for applying for a Great Start Preschool Application:

For Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw and Crawford Counties

  1. Fill out an application and intake form and indicate your program as "Other".
  2. Your intake form will be sent to the Great Start Scholarship Program and we will contact you to request that you send us proof of income. Preferably your most recent 1040.

Please remember that scholarships are not awarded until October 1st. 

COOR/Iosco Great Start Scholarship Program
PO BOX 827
Roscommon, MI 48653

Email to: Chris Tappan: 

Fax: 989-275-5881