Applying to Early Learning Centers

Unfortunately, Enroll Detroit will not include early learning programs this year. However, our EdCenter staff are still committed to helping you navigate your child’s eligibility for various early learning programs including Early Head Start, Head Start, GSRP, and subsidized settings. These programs use different criteria to determine eligibility.

You can learn more about these criteria in the chart below, and you can learn more about Detroit’s early learning programs on the Excellent Schools Detroit Scorecard. You can also visit an Enroll Detroit EdCenter in person or go to the following websites:

 

Early Learning Program Types
Program Ages Served Eligibility Cost to Parents Description
Early Head Start Expectant Moms – age 3 Zip code, income, and other factors Free Early Head Start is an early education program for low-income families including expectant moms, fathers, babies, and children. There are half-day, full-day, and home-based programs as well as healthy meals, health screenings, and other services provided.
Head Start Ages 3-5 Zip code, income, and other factors Free Head Start is an early education program for low-income families with 3-5 year old children. There are half-day, full-day, and home-based programs as well as additional services provided.
Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) Age 4 Income and other factors Free GSRP is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for at-risk four-year-olds. There are half-day and full-day programs provided, as well as healthy meals and health screenings.
Private Providers Varies N/A Tuition varies – may qualify for subsidy Private centers, group homes, and family homes serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, or some combination. Hours of operation and tuition rates vary by program.

To apply to any of the above early learning programs and verify your eligibility, you will need the following documents:

  • Child’s birth certificate
  • Child’s immunization records
  • Child’s medical insurance information, if available
  • Proof of your income (if you work)
  • Proof of your student status (if you attend school)
  • Your ID or driver’s license
  • Proof of residency (if different from your ID)
  • (Some programs may require additional documentation)