|WHY CONSIDER PRESCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD?|
Research proves that children benefit for life (with I.Q. levels up to 40 points higher than their counterparts) when they participate in high quality preschool programs. They are better prepared to work and learn with other students as they advance into kindergarten and other educational experiences.
What is Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)?
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) formally known as the Michigan School Readiness Program, is funded by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). GSRP is a preschool program for four-year-old children who may be "at risk" of school failure. To qualify, a family/child must exhibit 2 factors from the state's list of eligibility criteria. This program allows children who qualify an opportunity to receive a high-quality preschool experience who may not otherwise have the chance.
GSRP Enrollment Information
To enroll your child in the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), please click the link below.
GSRP Eligibility Factors
Preschool programs for four-year old children who may be “at risk” of school failure. Child eligibility is based on a set of risk factors including low income, diagnosed disability or developmental delay, severe or challenging behavior, primary home language other than English, parent(s) with low education attainment, abuse or neglect of child parent, or an environmental risk. See the GSRP Eligibility Factors List for qualifications.
More than 75 percent of the children must be low income. See the GSRP Income Guidelines for qualifications. All programs must provide strong family involvement and parent education components as well as preschool education.
If you have a child who will be four (4) years old by December 1, please consider the Great Start Readiness Program, a free, state-funded preschool program, offered by the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District. We have preschool sites conveniently located throughout the EUP.
|EARLY HEAD START|
What is Early Head Start?
-Early Head Start will provide early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services to pregnant women and families with children under three years of age.
-The Early Head Start Program is targeted for 0-3 year-olds and will enhance and advance each child's development that supports the unique characteristics of infant and toddler physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth.
-The program will empower parents in goal setting for themselves and for their children.
-The program will ensure a comprehensive network of services and support for young children and their families.
Early Head Start Locations
If you have a child between the ages of 0-3, please consider the Early Head Start programs throughout the EUP.
Early Head Start Enrollment Information
- Development of family/individual goals
-Access to community services and resources
-Center-based child care
-Medical and Dental referrals
-Socialization experiences for children and families
-Staff is selected to cover a large spectrum of skills, knowledge, and professional competencies necessary to provide a high quality and comprehensive program. Ongoing staff training, supervision, and mentoring are integral parts of the program.
Who Is Eligible?
Early Head Start is funded by the federal government. See the Early Head Start Eligibility for qualifications. This program allows children who qualify an opportunity to receive a high-quality preschool experience who may not otherwise have the chance.
|HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START|
What is Head Start?
Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their child's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.
Head Start Locations
If you have a child between that is 3 on or before December 1st of the program year, please consider Head Start programs throughout the EUP.
Head Start Enrollment Information
What can the Head Start program offer your child?
1.) Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. The Head Start staff recognize that, as parents, you are the first and most important teachers of your children. They will welcome your involvement in Head Start activities, and will work as partners with you to help your child progress.
2.) Head Start staff members offer your child love, acceptance, understanding, and the opportunity to learn and to experience success. Head Start children socialize with others, solve problems, and have other experiences which help them become self-confident. The children also improve their listening and speaking skills.
3.) The children spend time in stimulating settings where they form good habits and enjoy playing with toys and working on tasks with classmates. Your child will leave Head Start more prepared for kindergarten, excited about learning, and ready to succeed.
4.) Your Head Start child will also be examined by skilled professionals for any health problems.
5.) Professionals will arrange vision and hearing tests and any needed immunizations. Head Start also offers a nutrition assessment and dental exams. Children with health needs receive follow-up care.
6.) Mental health and other services are available for children and families with special needs.
7.) The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.
Who Is Eligible?
Early Head Start is funded by the federal government. This program allows children who qualify an opportunity to receive a high-quality preschool experience who may not otherwise have the chance. See the Head Start Eligibility for qualifications.
What is Private Preschool?
Private preschools operate as for-profits, independent nonprofits, and programs sponsored by religious organizations. Most are part-day programs. Though the margin is small, private preschools still claimed the majority of total preschool enrollment in 2001. The educational quality of private preschools varies from program to program. Regulation is primarily by state child care agencies, but the arrangement varies from state to state.
If you have a child between the ages of 3-5, please consider a preschool program.