Early Childhood Programs
About Early Childhood Programs
Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP): State funded preschool program, free for at risk 4 year olds who qualify. High quality early childhood experience for students and families. Some programs are able to provide transporation. Provided by MOISD in cooperation with local districts.
Great Parents-Great Start: A home visitor is offered to families with infant, toddler, and/opr preschool age children. The personal home visit includes activities for parent and child together, developmental screenings, community resource information, etc. Provided by MOISD.
Great Start Collaborative & Parent Coalition: GSC & GSPC assures a coordinated system of community resources and supports to help families provide a great start for their children from birth to eight. Provides information to parents and the community to encourage advocacy for early childhood programs and initiatives. Provided by MOISD.
The Great Start to Quality Western Resource Center: Responsible for coordinating supports and services for both providers and families across a nine-county region including: Ottawa, Muskegon, Oceana, Mason, Lake, Newaygo, Montcalm, Mecosta, and Osceola. Professional development/trainings, self-assessment assistance, and more are available by call or email.
Early On: Provides services to children from birth to three with medical/health conditions and/or developmental delays under Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP).
Early Head Start: Federally funded preschool program, free for income eligible families, provides home visits, group experiences and parent meetings for families with children prenatal to age 3. Provided by Mid-Michigan Community Action Agency.
Head Start: Federally funded preschool program offered at no cost for families who qualify. Parents with 3-5 years old, as well as children with special needs are welcome to apply. Some programs are able to provide transportation. Provided by North East Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMCSA).
Resource Lending Library: Resources and toys that can be checked out to enhance activities available for child care providers, early childhood classrooms, or parents. Provided by MOISD.
Spectrum Health: Partnering to provide community programming focusing on health and wellness.
Early Childhood Special Education Program (ECSEP): Specialized preschool programming for children with a documented developmental delay who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), developed by an evaluation team including parents. Provided by MOISD.
Mecosta-Osceola DHHS: Providing prevention and support services through connecting families to basic needs resources to help ensure child safety and work towards self-sufficiency within the framework of state and local resources.
Preschool Partnership: Preschool programs working together to assist families with enrollment and preschool information. Great Start Collaborative www.mogreatstart.org.
Community Playgroup: Families with children from birth to eight are encouraged to enjoy the activities together. This 1.5-hour group experience is offered through community collaboration.
Ferris State University Learning Lab: FSU works cooperatively with the Eastwood staff to provide field experiences for their university students. Cooperative agreements exist with the following programs: Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Psychology, Optometry, Dental Hygiene, and Nursing.
EightCap Foster Grandparents: This program exists for the dual purpose of engaging persons 55 and older, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs, and to provide a high-quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers, and to provide supportive, person-to-person services to children with exceptional or special needs.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education: MOISD supports schools in Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Osceola, and Mecosta Counties as they implement federal homeless education law as outlined in Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.
SLD Read-Specializing in Literacy Development: Provided literacy services for students, tutors, and educators.