Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Child Care & Early Education
The Van Buren Great Start Collaborative wants to assure that all families have access to high quality early care and education. It is our goal to give every child the opportunity to succeed in school and life. These are some activites and services you might want to take advantage of.

Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP's)
Formerly called the Michigan School Readiness Program (MSRP)

Michigan School Readiness Programs are no-cost, state-funded preschools that enroll 4 year old children who may be "at risk" of school failure. Contact your local school district to see if your child qualifies. 

Head Start Program

The Head Start Program is a no-cost federally funded program which provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. For more information or to see if your family qualifies, contact the Tri County Head Start at (800) 792-0366 or visit


Licensed Child Care Directory
The ECIC has launched the Great Start CONNECT to help link parents and those caring for young children with the resources, supports and services needed to give Michigan children a Great Start. 

8 Tips for a Successful Child Care Search
1. Contact child care providers by phone for an interview.
2. Visit several child care programs and ask for a tour.
3. Look around to make sure space is healthy & safe.
4. Ask about the qualifications of the staff.
5. Request a brochure, flyer or handbook about the program.
6. Ask them to tell you about the activities & lessons they teach.
7. Ask about meals and snacks.
8. Take your child to visit the program before enrolling.
Begin with the Great Start CONNECT database of licensed providers.

Kindergarten Readiness

Discover the REAL measures of Kindergarten Readiness in this blog.
A Parent's Guide to Kindergarten Readiness
View the complete brochure.
Resource for Parents and Providers
The ECIC has partnered with Detroit Public Television and United Way of Southeastern Michigan to develop 42 one minute video tips about early childhood development and how caregivers can support development.

Play and Learn (PAL)

Family Links Program
Receive free parenting education and referral services including

• Early child development and parenting information
• Home visits and playgroups
• Vision and hearing screens
• Links and referrals to community resources and local schools

For more information, call (269) 539-5214