The Office of Great Start has been charged with ensuring that all children birth to age eight, especially those in highest need, have access to high-quality early learning and development programs and enter kindergarten prepared for success. The Governor outlined a single set of early childhood outcomes against which all public investments will be assessed:
- Children born healthy;
- Children healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade;
- Children developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry; and
- Children prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grant
Michigan's Race to the Top-Early learning challenge grant application overview outlines our ambitious, yet achievable goals for implementation. Below are six recommendations that we believe will make the greatest difference in the lives of our young children with high needs:
1) Increase access for children with high needs to high-quality early learning programs.
2) Increase opportunities for licensed and unlicensed subsidized home care providers to improve the quality of their programs.
3) Ensure that many more families understand and are meaningfully engaged in their children's early learning and development.
4) Involve many more families and providers in efforts to identify and promote children's physical, social, and emotional health.
5) Expand education and professional development opportunities, especially for home care providers.
6) Build an early learning data system that provides anonymous and aggregated information on children allowing us to assess programs' values to parents and children.
To review the full application click here.
The State Board of Education (SBE) approved revisions to the following standards documents on March 12, 2013. The Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Infant and Toddler Programs (ECSQ-IT), Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Prekindergarten(ECSQ-PK), and the Michigan Out-of-School Time (MOST) Standards of Quality listed here are the most up-to-date versions available.
Revised Transition to Kindergarten Parent Guides
Office of Great Start Report: Great Start, Great Investment, Great Future
Great Start, Great Investment, Great Future (The Plan for Early Learning and Development in Michigan)
Early Childhood Program Inventory
32p Block Grant
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Great Start Readiness Program
If you are a parent interested in the Great Start Readiness Program, click here.
Great Start to Quality helps parents find the best child care and preschool settings for their children and helps providers and educators improve the care they give to children.