Great Start Preschool Scholarship Program

By investing in the future of Shiawassee County preschoolers we hope to ensure that every child gets a great start. The Great Start Preschool Scholarship Program provides full preschool scholarships ($2,000), partial scholarships ($1,500), and half scholarships ($1,000). Every donation you make pays dividends for our community. Thank you for your generosity.

As of October 2023, 43 children are waiting for preschool scholarship funding.

Donations can be made at or by calling 989-725-2581.

Great Start Preschool Investment Foundation

Teacher reading to preschoolers.Research suggests that for every $1 invested in Early Childcare Education $7 can be saved in the long-term through reduced costs associated with remedial education, criminal justice, and welfare payments.

Our vision is to create a sustainable funding source for preschool assistance to ensure that all children in Shiawassee County have a Great Start!  The purpose of the Great Start Shiawassee Preschool Investment Foundation is to assist low to moderate-income families in Shiawassee County with tuition expenses associated with preschool.

Our priority is to increase access to high-quality preschool for families otherwise unable to send their children to preschool.  We want to increase school readiness in high-quality, nurturing learning environments.  Access to high-quality preschool is a challenge for many families in our community due to financial hardship. Since 2004, over 500 children have received assistance to attend preschool.  It is our desire that every child in Shiawassee County has a great start on their road to school success. 

Your help is needed to provide continued tuition assistance to families in our county seeking a preschool opportunity for their child.  Call the Great Start Shiawassee Hub at 989-725-2581 to support the Great Start Preschool Investment Foundation. 

Applying for the Great Start Preschool Scholarship Program


 Reside within Shiawassee RESD geographical boundaries and have a child or children of preschool age

 The child must be 3 to 4 years of age by December 1st

 Meet income requirements


There are many ways in which to apply.  You may submit our online interest form linked here or you may connect with any of our Great Start Readiness Program preschool locations to arrange a pickup or drop off of this same application. All sites use the same application. Consideration of applications begins March 1st, scholarships are awarded after June 30th.

For the 2022-2023 school year, 30 Great Start Preschool Scholarships were awarded.
Thank you to the Cook Family Foundation, Kiwanis, Shiawassee RESD and United Way of Genesee County for financial support.




Join Us!

  • 29 May
    • Great Start Family Coalition Meeting - Literacy Night
      Date: Wed May 29
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: Early Childhood Learning Center, 114 W North St, Owosso, MI 48867, USA
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Literacy night! Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents.  

      Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the Month from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Dinner is served at 5:30.  Tot watch is provided.  

      Your RSVP allows us to properly plan for your dinner and care needs:

      For questions contact the Shiawassee RESD at 989-725-2581.

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