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The Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet, and Northern Antrim counties is made up of community leaders and organizations from each county that have a vested interest in Early Childhood Investment. We are representatives from business, health, education, human services, higher education, non-profit, court systems, philanthropy, and parents who are implementing a plan to address the needs of young children within our Northern Michigan Communities.
G R E A T  S T A R T  C O L L A B O R A T I V E
Charlevoix, Emmet, & Northern Antrim Counties 
To apply for FREE PRESCHOOL, you must schedule an appointment!

Children of ALL abilities are encouraged to apply.
Adaptations will be provided when necessary for successful 
involvement of all children.
Transportation may be provided in some districts.
Head Start Programs
Great Start 
Readiness Programs
Great Start 
Scholarship Partners
GSRP Partner Programs are offered in the following communities within local school districts or community based organizations:

  • Alanson
  • Boyne City
  • Boyne Falls
  • Central Lake
  • Charlevoix
  • East Jordan
  • Ellsworth
  • Harbor Springs
  • Pellston
  • Petoskey

Head Start Programs are offered in the following communities:

  • Alanson
  • Boyne City
  • Central Lake
  • Chalevoix
  • East Jordan
  • Petoskey
Great Start Collaborative Preschool Scholarship Partners
  • Alanson Stretch Program - Alanson
  • Bear Cub - Pellston
  • Blackbird Childcare Center - Harbor Springs
  • Boyne City Preschool - Boyne City
  • Bright Beginnings - Charlevoix
  • Children's Learning Center, WRC - Petoskey
  • Early Learners Program - Boyne City
  • East Jordan Pre J and Co-Op
  • ​Northern Michigan Community Child Care Development Center - Petoskey
  • Petoskey Children's Nursery - Petoskey
  • St. Francis Child Development Center - Petoskey
  • Watch Me Grow - Petoskey
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Head Start
  • ​LTBB Head Start in Pellston
For the ease and convenience of parents, our local community has established a joint recruitment and application process for all Free preschool opportunities. 
Eligibility and prioritization for 
these programs is NOT  based solely on income.
We encourage all 
to apply!
Great Start Collaborative Scholarship Partners participate in the Quality Rating and Improvement System and have a quality level of three, four, or five stars in Great Start to Quality. Great Start to Quality Northwest Resource Center.
Great Start 
Preschool Scholarship 
Partner Information
If your preschool program is interested in becoming a scholarship partner call Susan Chowen at 231.582.8070
FREE Preschool for Children
3, 4, & 5 Years Old
in Charlevoix, Emmet, & Northern Antrim Counties
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