Free Preschool Locations & Star Ratings

During the summer months, often schools have limited hours.  If you cannot get through at the below locations call: 906-863-5665 ext 1046 and we will get your information to the right person!


Menominee Early Childhood Center- Head Start

gsrp 906-863-7588
Evergreen School, N 1329 US Hwy 41
Menominee, MI 49858
Star Rating-5

1 GSRP Classroom, Multiple Head Start Classrooms (ages 3 & 4), and a Home Visiting Program with Early Head Start 0-2


Central Elementary School

gsrp 906-863-3605
1800 18th Ave
Menominee, MI 49858
Star Rating-5

2 sessions of half-day GSRP (1 AM & 1 PM)


North Central Elementary School

gsrp 906-498-7737
114 East Third St
Hermansville, MI 49847
Star Rating-5

2 sessions of half-day GSRP (1 AM & 1 PM)


Carney-Nadeau Public School

gsrp 906-639-2000
151 US-41 N.
Carney, MI 49821
Star Rating–5

1 session of FULL day GSRP

Stephenson Elementary

gsrp 906-753-2222
W535 River Rd
Stephenson, MI 49887
Star Rating—5

2 sessions of half-day GSRP (1 AM & 1 PM)


Program Criteria: 

Programs are income and risk factor based.  Once all children with eligibility criteria get into a program we take “above-income” families on a tuition basis!

Calculate your income Here.

Head Start Income Range: 0-100% federal poverty level (with some variances)

Great Start Readiness Program Income Range: 101-250% federal poverty level (tuition for those above)

You can apply at any of the above locations to attend any of the above programs! If you are unsure if you qualify, Apply!


Program Descriptions: 

Head Start: Federally Funded Program

Children at our centers enjoy learning to play. A wide variety of activities are available daily during both structured times and discovery (free play) time, Outdoor activities are included daily, weather permitting. Meals or snacks are served family-served family-style, and good nutrition and healthy habits are emphasized throughout the day. Children learn social skills, develop age-appropriate competence in language, literacy, numbers and motor skills.

Programs are more comprehensive and able to provide more home-to-school services.  They are designed to help those at the lowest poverty level and reach the highest need.

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP): State Funded Program

The Great Start Readiness Program’s purpose is to provide an atmosphere that encourages social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative growth and development of the child.  The program follows the guidelines within that of the GSRP, and the State of Michigan’s daycare licensing, to ensure the best overall learning experience for the child as a whole.  Required qualified adult to child ratio for daycare establishments is 1:10, whereas GSRP requirement is 1:8 (one adult for every 8 children).

Programs are for the next levels of income above Head Start.  They provide less home-to school services than Head Start due to less staff.  Most of the locations are in Elementary School buildings at this time.

Handbook for GSRP: 18-19 handbook



Search on Great Start to Quality HERE to find a location near you!


Updated 8/2/18