Early Childhood Program

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Child and Family Services

2017/18 School Year

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The Early Childhood Program is dedicated to providing comprehensive services that support the healthy development of young children and their families. The program primarily serves low-income families with children from birth to age 5 and pregnant women within Menominee, Delta and Schoolcraft Counties through Head Start, Early Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program funding.

Included in this program:

► Child development and educational opportunities

► Health and nutrition services

► Family support services

The Early Childhood Program supports coordinated care partnerships throughout the three county area.

Eligibility for enrollment in this program is based on a number of criteria, including age, income, special needs, risk, referral and location.

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start. The MDS CAA Early Childhood Program offers 4 full day classrooms that are utilizing blended funding with Head Start and GSRP funds.

Research on preschool programs and specific research on GSRP indicates that children provided with a high-quality preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program.

Contact Us

Call us at (906) 786-7080, ext. 123, 1-800-562-9131, or email earlychildhood@mdscaa.org
 
Kim Boutilier, Education Manager, ext. 122, kboutilier@mdsecp.org
 
Gail Brazeau, Health/Disabilities Manager, ext. 124, gbrazeau@mdsecp.org
 
Lucy Crofton, Human Resources Manager, ext. 135, lcrofton@mdsecp.org
 
Angela Gardner, Family Community Manager, ext. 141, agardner@mdsecp.org
 
Myra Smeester, Early Childhood Director, ext. 125, mheslip@mdsecp.org
 
Tina Lehouillier, Family Community Coordinator, ext. 133, tlehouillier@mdsecp.org
 
Patti LeMire, Facilities/Transportation Manager, ext. 154, plemire@mdsecp.org
 
Sharon Reisner, Administrative Assistant, ext. 123, sreisner@mdsecp.org
 
Leanne Vaughn, Education Coordinator, ext. 148, lvaughn@mdsecp.org
 
Erin Russell, Family Community Coordinator, ext. 116, erussell@mdsecp.org
 
Andrea Grinsteiner, Education Coordinator, ext. 165, aschick@mdsecp.org
 
Betty Wickstrom, Education Coordinator, ext. 142, bwickstrom@mdsecp.org
 
Nancy Kutzera, Health Disabilities Coordinator, ext. 157, nkutzera@mdsecp.org
 
 
 
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Mission Statement 
To prepare young children, from birth to age five, for school readiness through high quality early education services and family engagement.
 
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) (http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html) online, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.