Early Learners and Care

Michigan Office of Great Start

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.

In 2013, the Office of Great Start engaged stakeholders across the state in development of Great Start, Great Investment, Great Future: The Plan for Early Learning and Development in Michigan. This comprehensive plan contains six recommendations and numerous priority action items for advancing early learning and development. The Office of Great Start is convening 10 outreach forums around the state in June to obtain input from early childhood stakeholders as it implements the recommendations and action items.  Click here to find more information.

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.  The State Board of Education approved the Michigan Core Knowledge and Core Competencies for the Early Care and Education Workforce at their November 2014 meeting.  To access, see below.  

Michigan Core Knowledge and Core Competencies for the Early Care and Education Workforce
Alignment for Early Childhood Educators
Alignment for Early Educator Preparation
 
 
Revised Standards 
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.  

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
Appendices 

Parents Resources for the Early Years
Great Start Readiness Program Website  
If you are a parent interested in learning more about Great Start Readiness Program Flyer.

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.

Transition to Kindergarten Parent Guides address many of the questions that parents have as they look forward to their child's Kindergarten years.

Resources

OGS Community Learning Webinars
Community Learning Webinar-Shared Infrastructure in Early Childhood Programs: Common Applications and Beyond Presentation.

Community Learning Webinar-Shared Infrastructure in Early Childhood Programs: Common Applications and Beyond recorded webinar

Community Learning Webinar-Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education Presentation

Community Learning Webinar-Inclusive Practices in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education recorded webinar

Community Learning Webinar-Parent Engagement Presentation

Community Learning Webinar-Parent Engagement recorded webinar.

Community Learning Webinar-Transportation and Early Childhood Programs Presentation.

Community Learning Webinar-Transportation and Early Childhood Programs recorded webinar.

Community Learning Webinar-Blending and Braiding Funding to Provide Early Childhood Programs Presentation.

Community Learning Webinar-Blending and Braiding Funding to Provide Early Childhood Programs recorded webinar.

 
Michigan on Facebook
The Office of Great Start is now on Facebook! Click on the icon to stay connected. 

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