Great Start Preschool Scholarship Program

Donations given through #RaiseUPShiawassee help support the Great Start Preschool Scholarship Program.

Great Start Preschool Investment Foundation

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. 

Thank you to the Cook Family Foundation, Kiwanis, Shiawassee RESD and United Way of Genesee County for financial support.
49 Great Start Scholarships were received in 2022-2023, 30 were awarded, 19 are on waiting list.

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

 Not be eligible for any other free preschool program


There are many ways in which to apply.  You may submit our online application linked here to or you may connect with any of our 12 GSRP preschool locations to arrange a pickup or drop off of this same application. All sites use the same application.

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