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Aug. 1, 2016
 
Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Early Childhood Program is accepting applications for Early Head Start in all three counties. The program offers pregnant women and their families’ education and support throughout their pregnancy. Children birth to 3 years old also receive high quality child development services and family support, according to ECP Director Myra Heslip. These services run year round.
Call (906) 786-7080 to schedule an appointment and complete an application. The program is funded to serve 78 Early Head Start families across all three counties, and is required to maintain a waiting list in order to fill vacancies quickly, so it’s never too late to apply. Eligibility and selection are based on income as well as a wide range of other criteria.
Waiting list families are invited to join playgroups at the Escanaba, Manistique or Menominee Early Childhood Centers. Child development information and referrals to other community services are also provided as needed.
The ultimate goal of the Early Head Start program is to partner with parents of infants and toddlers and provide experiences that will help the child’s brain develop in strong and healthy environment, Heslip
“The Early Childhood Program has a rich 50-year history in our community, providing Head Start services for preschool aged children as well. All program services are offered in a well-rounded approach,” she said.
The service includes:
  • Preschool classes
  • Transportation for many classes
  • Meals and nutritional support
  • Support and education around child health and wellness
  • Home Visits
  • Prenatal support