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
The Office of Great Start and partners have received several requests for information on the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant (RTT-ELC). Currently we are in the process of finalizing the scope of work for approval to proceed with implementation. We will continue to post periodic updates on our Facebook page and ask that you share these with interested parties in your community. We are planning a webinar following an approved scope of work to highlight each project in greater detail. You can find Michigan's RTT-ELC Project Abstract here.
For more information on the Race to the Top Early - Learning Challenge Grant please click here.
Core Knowledge and Core Competencies for Early Care and Education
Michigan’s newly revised Core Knowledge and Core Competencies (CKCC) define what adults who work with young children need to know, understand, and be able to do in order to ensure that children have the best possible environments, experiences, and relationships in which to grow and learn. More information to come.
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
Notice of Public Hearing - Public Comment Requested
MDE requests public comment on the proposed Michigan Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (aka Early On®) Federal Fiscal Year 2014 application. The period of public participation extends from January 28, 2014, through March 29, 2014, with public comment accepted only February 27, 2014 through March 29, 2014. Click on the following link for the FFY 2014 application and public comment instructions: Part C Notice of Public Hearing.
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.