Preschool classroom programs for 3-5 year old children are available through various agencies in the Wexford-Missaukee and Manistee ISDs. Free and tuition-based preschool program contact information is listed below by school district and county.

Head Start & Great Start Readiness Program

Head Start (federally funded) and GSRP (state funded) are programs that provide high quality, free preschool education for children in families that meet state or federal guidelines for income and/or risk-factors.

Residents of Wexford & Missaukee Counties
Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) coordinates preschool enrollment for Wexford & Missaukee County Head Start and GSRP programs. Residents of the following school districts should call 1.800.443.2297 for more information:

  • Cadillac Area Public Schools
  • Lake City Area Schools
  • Manton Consolidated Schools
  • McBain Rural Agricultural School
  • Mesick Consolidated Schools

Residents of Osceola County
Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMCSA) coordinates preschool enrollment for Osceola County Head Start and GSRP programs. Residents of these school districts should call their respective phone numbers for more information:

  • Marion Public Schools – 231.743.2852
  • Pine River Area Schools – 231.829.3221

Residents of Manistee County
FiveCAP coordinates preschool enrollment for Manistee County Head Start and GSRP programs. All residents of Manistee County should 231.723.8327 for more information.

Tuition-Based Preschool Classrooms and Child Care Programs


Tuition-based preschools and child care programs provide a school readiness experience for children prior to kindergarten eligibility and provide quality child care for working families. There are many options that parents can explore by going to the Great Start to Quality resource center’s webpage.  To locate local, licensed preschools and child care programs, please visit