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Head Start & Great Start Readiness Preschool

Head Start & Great Start Readiness Preschool

Our Head Start and Great Start Readiness Preschool programs support the growth and school readiness of children ages 3 and 4 in a fun and nurturing environment. 

Both are high-quality preschool programs available at reduced or no cost for low-income families with children ages three and four with classrooms located throughout Livingston County in both local schools and community-based partner programs. 

Both use a research-based curriculum in a supportive learning environment to assist children in developing skills to be ready for kindergarten and beyond. 

The main difference is that Head Start is a federally funded program for 3- and 4-year-olds, and Great Start Readiness Preschool is a state-funded program for 4-year-olds.

Both programs are available at reduced or no cost for low-income families with children ages 3 and 4.  Families and children experiencing homelessness, children in the foster care system, and children with disabilities and other special needs are also eligible. 

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2024-2025 Enrollment

To enroll your child for the 2024-2025 school year, please complete an enrollment form. Once you have completed the form, a member of our Early Childhood staff will contact you to discuss enrollment options.

Melissa Usiak
Assistant Superintendent for Early Learning
Candice Davies
Director of Early Childhood Programs
Teresa Grostic
Family Service & Enrollment Coordinator
Amy Underwood
Executive Assistant

Physical & Mental Health

Health and physical development are crucial for your child’s learning.

All children receive health screenings and nutritious meals, and programs connect families with medical, dental, and mental health services to ensure children receive the care and attention they need. 

Early Learning & Development

We focus on helping preschoolers develop the skills needed to succeed in school.  Our attention to the whole child focuses on literacy, math, and social and emotional development.

Children learn to negotiate, problem-solve, and develop empathy as they interact with their peers and other adults in early childhood settings.

Activities to develop gross and fine motor skills are included daily to make sure all five of the dimensions of readiness are addressed.

We work with families, school districts, and community agencies to facilitate a smooth transition to kindergarten for each child.

Family Involvement

Family involvement during the preschool years is encouraged, and all programs provide multiple opportunities for parents to participate in their child’s experience.

Eligibility Factors

Low family income

Diagnosed disability

Single parent home due to divorce, deployment, incarceration, or illness

Sibling issues

Identified developmental delay

Severe or challenging behavior

Change in guardianship

Family is homeless or without stable housing

English as a second language

Family history of school difficulties

Parental loss

Prenatal or postnatal exposure to toxicants

Program Locations

Local District Locations

Miller Early Childhood Center

Munn Early Childhood Center

Hartland Education Support Service Center

Livingston ESA Education Center
Little Highlander's Early Learning Center

Country Elementary

Community-based Partner Locations

Tot Spot
Brighton Co-Op

Little Glad Preschool

Hartland Community Preschool

Gilden Woods
Little Highlanders Learning Center
Little Country Kids

Down on the Farm Preschool
Pinckney Community Schools - Country & Farley
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Great Start Readiness Age & Income Requirements

Age Requirements 

Children must be age 4 on or before December 1, 2024 (for the 2024-2025 school year)

Income Eligibility Guidelines

2024 - 2025 Income Eligibility Guidelines

Head Start Preschool Age & Income Requirements

Age Requirements

Children ages 3 and 4 from families with low income, according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the Federal government, are eligible for Head Start services.

Income Eligibility Guidelines

Annual Household Income Limits (before taxes)

Household Size*

Maximum Income Level (Per Year)

1 $15,060
2 $20,440
3 $25,820
4 $31,200
5 $36,580
6 $41,960
7 $47,340
8 $52,720

*For households with more than eight people, add $5,380 per additional person.