GREAT START READINESS PROGRAM
The Michigan Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state funded preschool program for 4-year-old children. In Midland County, GSRP preschool programs are part of the Midland County Quality Preschool Partnership, a voluntary collaboration of agencies that provide state and federally funded preschool services. GSRP classrooms implement Teaching Strategies Gold, a developmentally appropriate and research based curriculum approved by the Michigan Department of Education. Children can attend half day or full day sessions at a variety of locations around Midland County.
For more information about Great Start Readiness Program preschool, contact the Midland County Quality Preschool Partnership at 1-844-492-7707 or log onto www.preschoolpartnership.org. To fill out a preschool interest form please log onto www.michiganpreschool.org.
NORTHEAST MICHIGAN COMMUNITY SERVICE AGENCY (NEMCSA) HEAD START PRESCHOOL
Head Start is funded through the Federal Department of Health and Human Services to provide quality, comprehensive preschool services to children and their families. NEMCSA provides programs at 90 locations in 21 counties In Michigan and is geographically the largest Head Start program in the United States, serving 198 children in Midland County alone. In addition to preschool, Head Start is a family focused program whose mission is to “Provide high quality, supportive learning experiences for children and families to promote their future success”.
The Midland County program works in partnership with the Midland County Quality Preschool Partnership, Midland County ESA and other local agencies to provide services to low income at risk families and to maximize all available resources within our community. Please click here to visit the NEMCSA Head Start Website
EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSROOMS
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) classrooms are comprised of students between the ages of 3-6 years old with a variety of disabilities. Students are enrolled in the program based upon a team recommendation at an Individualized Education Planning (IEP) meeting. We provide a continuum of offerings, ranging from a preschool classroom specifically for children with more intense communication, social or behavioral delays, traditional ECSE classrooms, and inclusion programs with Head Start and Great Start Readiness Preschool students. In addition to the child’s individual goals on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP), teachers use Teaching Strategies Gold, which was adopted as a county-wide preschool curriculum. Transportation is available.
For more information or to make a Build Up Michigan referral for special education services please contact the Early Childhood and Build Up Michigan Office (989) 492-7702 X 1143.
Early Childhood Special Education classroom programs are offered at the Longview Early Childhood Center, Sanford Early Childhood Center, Bullock Creek Elementary and the Coleman Railway Family Center.
For more information regarding special education programs please contact Michelle Bahr, Director of Special Education at (989) 631-5892 x 102 or (989) 492-7702 x 1102.
THE REGIONAL PRESCHOOL PARTNERSHIP
The Regional Preschool Partnership is a voluntary collaboration of the agencies providing state and federally funded preschool services. All partner agencies are committed to supporting families and ensuring that every preschool child enters kindergarten ready to learn. These programs offer a high quality preschool experience.
The MCQPP is a work group of Midland County’s Great Start Collaborative. For more information about the Midland County Preschool Partnership, call 1-844-492-7707, or go click here to visit their website.