The Jackson County Preschool Partnership is a collaborative effort involving all publicly funded preschool programs serving Jackson County children. Please take a few moments to complete the form below as the first step in starting your child's journey to school success. Through this process you will be able to indicate interest in starting the application process for Early Head Start (Pregnancy to Age 3 home visit program) or Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program preschool programs with the click of a button. Completion of this interest form or program application does not guarantee your child will be served by a publicly funded preschool program. As part of the application process you will need to provide proof of birth and annual income documentation. When asked for your annual income, it is important that you enter an amount or provide an explanation of no income in the comments. Age Eligibility: Your child can apply for Head Start or GSRP preschool if they will turn 4 years old on or before December 1, 2021. If your child will turn age 3 by December 1, 2021 they can apply for Head Start. Early Head Start eligibility allows for pregnant Moms and children under age 3. IMPORTANT: If, after you enter your email address, you receive a message indicating that you have already applied you must contact Community Action Agency at 517-784-4800 and press 4 and then 1 for assistance as you are in our database from a previous application. You can also contact Ashley Kelley at 517-539-8336 or email
A note about Family Size - please enter all individuals, living in the same household that are related to the enrolling child by blood, marriage or adoption. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER AN INTEREST FORM MORE THAN ONCE. If you have questions, please call Community Action Agency at 784-4800.
Who is considered homeless? Under the McKinney Vento Act, the term "homeless children and youths" means individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes children and youths: (1) who are sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals; (2) who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; (3) who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and (4) who are migratory children who live in one of the above circumstances. If you find yourself in one of these situations, please indicate below that you may be experiencing homelessness.
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Thank you for your interest in Jackson County preschool programs. By completing and submitting this form you are giving permission for us to contact you regarding your child's potential eligibility for the Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs. The information submitted will be made available to Community Action Agency and the Jackson County Intermediate School District. If you appear to be eligible for Head Start you will receive a call from a Family Engagement Specialist at Community Action Agency to schedule an application appointment. During this appointment you will be able to discuss your needs and find out which program option best fits your family. You will also learn the differences between the Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program. If you appear to be eligible for the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) you will need to complete an application by attending an Income Verification Fair. You will be notified of opportunities to apply through a robo-call system. If you have questions you can call the Preschool Hotline Number at 517-768-5130. Please note that you will be asked to provide a birth certificate and proof of annual income at time of application. If you have any questions about this form or experience any problems while completing it, please contact Community Action Agency at 517-784-4800 and press 4 and then 1 for a Family Engagement Specialist. You can also contact Ashley Kelley at 517-539-8336 or email The Great Start Collaborative is excited to announce that Bright by Text is now available to Jackson families. Bright by Text provides fun and easy activities, parenting tips and resources proven to build nurturing relationships and impact a child's healthy development and school readiness. You will also receive texts regarding Jackson County events for families. To sign up, parents and care givers, with children birth to age 8, can text the word GREATSTART to 274448. You will receive 2 to 4 text messages per week, and each message will include a link to a landing page with more detail, short videos and links to related resources.
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