Preschool Guide

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Preschool is important. Choosing the right one can be difficult. You have options, and you probably have a budget to consider. Some preschools are more like daycares, while others are more of a structured school setting. Some are faith-based, while others have options for services like speech and special education.

Ages and Stages

Is your child on track? Kids grow and develop differently, but early monitoring and intervention can help detect developmental delays early and get started with intervention. St. Clair County RESA offers services through the Help Me Grow program.

Vision and Hearing

Before your child starts an early childhood (preschool) program, it’s a good idea to get their vision and hearing checked. You can get that for free at the St. Clair County Health Department. Call 810-987-5300 to make an appointment.


Children need to be caught up on vaccinations to start school in a group setting as well. More information about required vaccines can be found here. Information about vaccine waivers can be found here.

Free Preschools

Back to preschools….there are free options for families at certain income levels. Generally, if your family of four has an income below $75,000 you qualify, but you have to go through the process of income verification.

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) offers state-funded preschool for 4-year-olds. It is held at locations throughout St. Clair County.

For a search of childcare and preschool options, check out the Great Start to Quality Database.

Head Start is also available in St. Clair County. It is run through Community Development Initiative. Centers are open in Port Huron, Marine City, and Anchor Bay.

Paid Preschools

Several churches offer preschool as part of their ministry. There are co-op and for-profit preschools. Programs are offered as half-day or full-day and for two to five days per week. Prices vary widely.

To get your preschool listed on the Preschool Guide, with a graphic and link to your website, please contact

Rates are affordable and you will be able to effectively reach your target audience: parents in the Blue Water Area.