Early learning starts at birth and continues through preschool.
From birth to age three, the federally funded Early On® program provides parents with additional support for children with special needs. New state funds allow these services to be expanded to age four.
Early Head Start provides home and center-based services to children birth to age 3 and pregnant women. Genesee Community Action Resources Department and Carman-Ainsworth Schools currently provide EHS services in Genesee County.
Free preschool options for 3- and 4-year olds include both Great Start Readiness Program and Head Start. Both programs provide children with high-quality preschool that supports healthy development and promotes learning of critical skills for school. For 4-year-olds, during that important year before kindergarten, the Flint Community Schools, Genesee Intermediate School District, State of Michigan and additional stakeholders of the Early Childhood Education Partnership are working together to ensure that all eligible children can participate in the Great Start Readiness Program.
Finally, high-quality childcare provides parents the ability to work, while trusting their children are growing and learning in a safe, nurturing, and educational environment. The Child Development and Care program helps eligible parents connect with and afford high-quality child care options.