Preparing young children for success in kindergarten and beyond!
This website is for parents and other adults who are looking for local early childhood programs including free preschool, parenting resources, and family support services. It also includes information about how children develop and learn, typical school readiness skills, ideas for fun activities to do with children, and a local calendar of events. Home visiting parent education services are available to families with children prenatal to age eight. Parents can self refer or be referred by an organization by using this referral form.
Children start learning from day 1; long before kindergarten. Everything children see, every word they hear, everything they do from their very first breath shapes their rapidly developing brain. High quality child care and preschool programs can help children succeed in school, work, and life. Great Start to Quality helps parents find the best child care and preschool program for their child and helps early educators improve their care they give to children. View the When I Grow... video or visit the Great Start to Quality website to learn more.
Great Start Collaborative & Parent Coalition
Every county in Michigan has a Great Start Collaborative consisting of parents, educators and service providers, who meet regularly and work together to ensure families have the resources they need so their young children are healthy, safe, happy, and prepared to succeed in school. They seek input from parents about what their needs are so they can make changes to the services they provide and create new programs to better meet families' needs.
The GSC is committed to creating a system of resources and supports that assist families in providing a great start for their children.
Each county also has a Great Start Parent Coalition (GSPC) that provides a "customer" perspective and serves as a sounding board for the Great Start Collaborative, helps to carry out the activities of the collaborative and works to increase community awareness about the importance of early childhood. To join the collaborative or parent coalition call 989-269-3485 or email email@example.com.