Early Childhood Development

Science and experience tell us that the first few years of a child’s life are the most important in developing cognitive skills, social relationships, and emotional resilience. Community Action Agencies provide children with many enriching educational opportunities and experiences that set the stage for future success, including such programs as free Head Start preschool, The Great Start Readiness Program and Early Head Start. Services include:

  • Early childhood development
  • School readiness programs
  • Health and nutrition programs
  • Parental involvement/education
  • Social integration

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure.  The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start.  Funding is allocated to each intermediate school district to administer the program locally. Community Action Agencies in many parts of the state have been selected as GSRP providers.  GSRP often works in conjunction with Head Start to provide critical resources to young Michiganians and their families.

Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through agencies in their local community. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5, in centers, child care partner locations, and in their own homes. Head Start services include early learning, health, and family well-being.

Contact your local agency regarding enrollment.