Free Preschool

Preschool Enrollment for the 2024-25 School Year

Michigan's Great Start Readiness Program preschool, ranked #1 nationally, is available in Kent County and beyond at more than 90 locations in school buildings and community-based organizations. And the best news is that this high-quality preschool program for 4 year-olds is free for most families!

Enrollment for fall 2024 begins March 1, 2024.

Most locations will provide preschool Monday-Thursday during the school year. Some locations will provide Monday-Friday preschool.

To see a list of preschool sites and their locations, see this interactive map.

Who is Eligible for Kent ISD's GSRP?

There are two requirements to be eligible for Great Start Readiness Program preschool.

  1. Age: Children who turn 4 by December 1, 2024 are eligible. Children who turn 4 before September 1 and meet income level requirements, will get first priority.
  2. Income Level: Eligibility is ranked on a sliding income scale:
    1. Families of four with an annual income of approximately $90,000 or less qualify for free pre-school. See the sliding scale here.
    2. Families making more than $90,000 will be charged a small fee, but are still eligible for GSRP preschool.

*Families who are experiencing homelessness or children in foster care do not need completed preschool files.

What You Will Need to Enroll

The following documentation is required:

  • Proof of birth - copy of legal birth certificate, passport, hospital record, baptismal record or other government form
  • Proof of income - income tax form, W-2, pay stub, unemployment, written statement from employer, foster care reimbursement, SSI documentation, child support, alimony or pensions
  • Proof of residency - driver's license with current address, current utility bill, rent receipt, tax bill or land contract
  • Immunization Record or signed waiver from the Health Department
  • IEP if necessary

Documents can be emailed to or mailed to -

864 Crahen NE
Grand Rapids MI 49525

Preschool Intake staff can be reached at 616.447.2409 to help with any questions. Press 1 for English, Para español, oprima el número 9.

You will be contacted by email as soon as your child's classroom placement is determined.