Application Process

How to Apply

To determine eligibility, we look at income and non-income factors. We will let you know if you are eligible for Head Start, the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), KC Ready 4s, or if you do not qualify for funding assistance.

Once your eligibility is determined, we will let you know which programs accept that type of funding. Lists of KC Ready 4s and GSRP providers are on this website. Please read your eligibility letter carefully to understand which funding is being made available to you.

Application Process

Required Documents

Applications must include proof of child’s birth date and family residency, and documentation of all sources of household income. Please see the application cover sheet for specific documents that are accepted.

Please provide all income documentation that applies to your household (from anyone living in your household who is related to the child, and who contributes financially to support the child). Specific types of documentation are listed on the cover sheet of the application.

How to Submit

Instructions on how to submit applications is on the cover sheet. If you have additional questions, please email Ali Schwartz or call our office at (269) 366-9140.

Applications received by April 14th are established by a lottery and applicants from this first round of funding will receive a response mid-May. Applications received after April 14th are on a first-come, first-served basis and those applicants will receive a response as funding becomes available.

Funding after the beginning of the school year is awarded on a prorated basis, depending on a child’s start date and the 33-week schedule established by the pre-k program.

Please review the application and instructions carefully. If you still have questions, feel free to send us a message or call us at 269-366-9140.

General Guidelines for Eligibility

For the 4-year-old program, children must be 4-years-old on or before December 1 of the current school year. Per State of Michigan guidelines, GSRP must prioritize enrollment for children who are 4-years-old on or before September 1 of the current school year.

For the 3-year-old program, children must be 3-years-old on or before December 1 of the current school year.

Families must reside in Kalamazoo County (for Head Start and KC Ready 4s) or one of the school districts supported by Kalamazoo RESA for GSRP – Climax-Scotts, Comstock, Galesburg-Augusta, Gull Lake, Kalamazoo, Parchment, Portage, Schoolcraft or Vicksburg.

Once you have received your eligibility letter from KC Ready 4s

Either notify us of your selected program, or, if you do not have a selected program, contact one of the providers on our program finder, or learn more about how to select a program.

Once you have selected a program and determined that there is an opening,

Please work directly with the program to enroll your child, determine a payment schedule for your potion of the tuition (if any).

In addition, some programs may have enrollment/processing/administrative fees, which KC Ready 4s does not cover.