Registration for FREE Preschool Programs

Giving Van Buren Children a Great Start - Head Start!

Registration is beginning for next school year for free preschool slots. Classrooms are located throughout the county and funded by Michigan's Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP) and Head Start. 

Children must be born between 9/2/2012 and 9/1/2013 (GSRP) or 9/2/2012 and 9/1/2014 (Head Start). Additional requirements apply, but we encourage all families with age-eligible children to fill out the simple early childhood education Intake Form to determine eligibility*.

Contact VBISD Early Care & Education at (269) 539-5214
Please note we will not be able to determine your eligibility until your registration and enrollment documents have been submitted and received.   

*GSRP and Head Start determine eligibility on income and additional factors. Completion of the registration form does not guarantee enrollment. Additional forms and documentation will be needed for complete enrollment. A small number of eligible families may pay tuition.

To apply for the 2017-2018 school year, begin with completing an online Interest Form or by going to

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Si tiene interés en un programa preescolar favor de llamar a Laura Willbur en 1-269-657-2581 ext. 125. 

                                                             2017-2018 VBISD GSRP Prioritization Process* 

Age eligibility: born between 9/2/12 and 9/1/13

GSRP Risk Factors are to be used to support prioritization when families have the same priority. More information on eligible risk factors and their consideration is found in the GSRP Implementation Manual; Eligibility Section at


Priority #1

Priority #2

Priority #3

Priority #4

Priority #5

Priority #6


Income Eligible

1st Quintile(1)

0%-50% of FPL

These children must have completed the Head Start referral process.

Income Eligible

2nd Quintile

51%-100% of FPL

These children must have completed the Head Start referral process.


Income Eligible

3rd Quintile

101%-150% of FPL


Income Eligible

4th Quintile

151%-200% of FPL


Income Eligible

5th Quintile

201%-250% of FPL



Over Income


251%-300% of FPL


requires Sliding Scale Tuition(2)

Round 1

June 5

Rank order (FPL% & Risk Factors) and offer enrollment(3)


Round 2

July 17

Rank order (FPL% & Risk Factors) and offer enrollment(3)


Round 3

August 28

Rank order (FPL% & Risk Factors) and offer enrollment(3)


Round 5

September 5

Rank order (FPL% & Risk Factors) and offer enrollment(3)

Rank order (FPL% & Risk Factors) and offer enrollment(3)

BEGINNING 9/5/17 CROSS ISD eligible applicants may be considered(4)

Ongoing Enrollment

Beginning September 6

As applications are verified, they will be considered for open GSRP slots using the same process as earlier rounds. Waiting lists will be created as classrooms fill.


(1)     Children with an IEP receiving 1755 service will be considered income eligible/Quintile 1.  Those with Head Start eligible incomes will be referred for the Head Start process and must have completed this process before being considered for GSRP enrollment.  Children in foster care or homeless will be considered income eligible/Quintile 
(2)     Tuition rates are determined by the Van Buren School Readiness Advisory process.  Limit of 10% of slots for tuition based children.
(3)     Enrollment will not be guaranteed without verified proof of family income, residency and child’s date of birth and completion of required paperwork.
(4)     Requires Cross ISD agreement be in place and Program Choice Notification form completion.  Family income and risk factor criteria apply for prioritization.
For more information on the Van Buren GSRP process please contact Early Care & Education at (269) 539-5214.

 *Approved by the Van Buren Great Start Collaborative on 3/3/17.  Updated to meet final legislation requirements 7/20/17.

It is the policy of the Van Buren Intermediate School District that no discriminatory practices based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, height, weight,marital status, disability, genetic information or any other status covered by federal, state, or local law be allowed during any program, activity, service, or in employment.  Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to Barbara Matthews, Director of Finance & Operations or Dave Manson, Director of Special Education, 490 S. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence, MI  49064, 269-674-8091.

                                        These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

Great Start Readiness Program