More Families Now Eligible for Free Preschool

More Families Now Eligible for Free Preschool
Posted on 10/13/2020

FLINT – The Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) is excited to announce that local families can benefit from a recent change in eligibility requirements for one of its preschool programs. According to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Great Start, and Fiscal Year 20/21 Legislation, the income requirement for the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) has been adjusted for the 2020-2021 school year. The change means more children will be able to participate in our GSRP program for free.


“This change is significant,” said Catrina Wiskur, Director of Early Childhood Programs for GISD. “We know that the earlier children become engaged in the learning process, the better. Sometimes parents miss the mark to qualify for free preschool programs by a small amount. Now, many more parents will be able to enroll their children in GSRP without any cost.”


GSRP provides preschool classes to four-year-old children in Genesee County. Priority is given to children who turned four by September 1, but children who will be four years of age by December 1, 2020, may also qualify if they will be attending kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year. Classes are located in schools and childcare centers throughout the county. Due to COVID-19, programs may be offering virtual and face to face learning options.


The income requirement for the 2020-2021 school year has been increased from 250% of the federal poverty level to 400%. Families with an annual income above 400% of the federal poverty line may still be eligible to enroll with a small tuition fee. Interested parents can find out if their child qualifies for a free preschool program by calling (810) 591-KIDS (591-5437).


“GSRP provides kids with a solid foundation for learning,” added Wiskur. “This is a great opportunity for children and parents in Genesee County.”