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Oakland County Free Preschool Programs

Oakland County free preschool programs are available through Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs. If you live in Oakland County, your child may be eligible for a zero-cost full or half-day preschool program. These free preschool programs are designed to give children a boost and help them be ready for Kindergarten.


Experts agree that children who have quality early learning experiences are better prepared to be successful in school and throughout life. Free preschool opportunities in this county use research-based curriculum to prepare children both academically and socially. These programs are certified as very high quality by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation.

Oakland County Free Preschool Programs

Free, high-quality preschool programs are available now throughout the county for eligible families with children who will turn 4 years old on or before December 1. You must be an Oakland County resident and provide documentation of income to qualify.

Free preschool for Oakland County children will be available for half-day and full-day programs in area schools and childcare centers with transportation services offered at select sites. There are several free preschool programs with locations near you to choose from no matter where you may live in Oakland County MI.

To find preschool programs with available openings, click here.

To search for Oakland County preschool recommendations and child care recommendations from the Great Start Oakland Great Start to Quality Program, simply visit and begin searching. You don’t have to register, you can sign-in as a guest if you prefer. In addition to the star rankings and points rankings, Great Start also lists hours, contact into, address, website info, program age limits, and facility capacity. You can even view a stare report on each preschool or child care facility listed.

What if my child is not eligible?

Tuition-based programs are available throughout Oakland County. For more information, please contact 844-456-KIDS.

What can I do to help prepare my child for preschool?

For more information on free preschool programs in Oakland County, please call 844.456.KIDS or visit

Great Start Oakland also provides free ASQ screenings via their website for parents as a guide to understanding children’s development, learning and behavior. The Great Start Oakland free ASQ screenings / Ages and Stages Developmental Screening (ASQ) is available online and applies to all Oakland County children between the ages of 2 months and 5 years. Its purpose is to promote routine developmental screenings for young children. The ASQ is a screening tool, not an evaluation tool.

A local non-profit organization whose vision is “A Great Start to ensure ALL children in Oakland County are safe, healthy, prepared, and eager to succeed in school and in life.”

Location – 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI 48328-2736
Phone – 248-209-2000
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For more information on Oakland County free preschool programs, please call 844-456-KIDS or visit

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