Success Starts Early! 

Our Mission:

Deliver comprehensive services to low-income children five and under and their families, promoting their well-being and development.

Our Vision:

Provides comprehensive services through a highly trained staff, current technology, innovative programming and diverse community partnerships that will create a strong foundation for each child's future success.

If your child is 3 years old by September 1, 2021:

Children turning three between September 2nd and December 1st should complete this application, however, children with these birthdays will be placed after children turning three on or before September 1st. 

You may qualify for free preschool through Head Start or private scholarships!

Click here for 3 year old application.

Head Start Income Criteria

In order to qualify for Head Start you must:

  • Be a resident of the state of Michigan
  • Be a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.
  • Have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

*For households with more than eight people, add $4,320 per additional person.

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.

For more information please visit Head Start for Kent County 

Early Childhood Center 480 S State St Sparta, MI 49345 P: 616-887-0068 F: 616-887-2231
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