Program Options

We offer a high quality preschool experience to eligible three and four-year-olds through either our Head Start or Great Start Readiness Programs.

Head Start

Head Start is a free preschool program sponsored by funds from the Federal Department of Health & Human Services.  The goal of Head Start is to increase school readiness of children in low-income families.

Qualifications:  Priority is given to families who reside in the Muskegon Public Schools district.  Children must be 3 or 4 years old by December 1 of the current school year.  Families must also meet income eligibility requirements. 

Cost:  Free

Location:  Glenside Early Childhood Center at 1213 W. Hackley Avenue

Session Times:  Half Day and Full day classes, Monday through Thursday with an occasional Friday.

Great Start Readiness Program

The Great Start Readiness Program is a free preschool program sponsored with funds from the Michigan Department of Education.

Qualifications:  Families must be able to meet state qualifying factors.  Children must be age 4 by December 1 of the current school year.  Priority is given to families residing in the Muskegon Public Schools District.

Cost:  The program is free to income-eligible families.  If a family is over income, we have a sliding fee scale with affordable monthly payments.

Locations We Accept Applications For:
-Marquette Elementary:    480 Bennett St., Muskegon, MI 49442
-Oakview Elementary:        1420 Madison St., Muskegon, MI 49442

Session Times:  Full day classes are in session Monday through Thursday each week. 

Transportation:  Transportation is not provided for the Great Start Readiness Program.

Head Start of Muskegon/Oceana: The first step to a brighter future.        Great Start Readiness Program: Michigan's Nationally Recognized Pre-K Program