The Early Childhood Investment Corporation’s Great Start Connect is Michigan's destination for child care and preschool resources. Its website can connect families to high-quality early learning and care.
Early Childhood Programs and Services
Genesee Intermediate School District’s Early Childhood Programs and Services are for children, from birth through age seven, with special educational needs. Contact Susan Fleming, Principal, at (810) 591-4883.
Early On® Michigan is the system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with developmental delays and/or disabilities. Early On® services are coordinated through Genesee Intermediate School District, Early Childhood Programs and Services. Contact Susan Fleming, Principal, at (810) 591-4883 or Mary Rickard, Teacher Consultant for Early On® Services, at (810) 591-4948.
At the Michigan Office of Great Start website, learn about standards for quality preschools, benchmarks for kindergarten, the Great Start School Readiness Preschool Program and other parent resources.
Find more resources that are available for parents of young children in your community through the Flintfamilyfun.com website.
Genesee Intermediate School District's Great Start Readiness Program delivers free, high quality preschool programs to children throughout Genesee County. Programs utilize a research-based curriculum in a supportive learning environment to assist children with the development of the skills needed to be ready for school.
Head Start and Early Head Start
Preschool programs for children ages 3-5, provided by the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department and the Genesee Intermediate School District. Children must meet eligibility requirements for the program, based on family income.
Parents as Teachers®
Parents as Teachers® provides the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
SKIP to a Great Start (Successful Kids = Involved Parents)
SKIP to a Great Start is a school-based program open to all parents of children in Genesee County between the ages of birth and kindergarten entry. SKIP offers weekly parent-child playgroups which provide the opportunity for interactive play with a focus on children's development, nutrition, physical fitness, literacy, and math to enhance a child's school readiness. Developmental, hearing and vision, and oral health screenings are also available at no cost.
School Readiness Kits
The School Readiness Kits provides interactive lessons for children and adults to covering the core concepts of school readiness. Information on the Michigan' Department of Education kindergarten level content standards are listed to inform parents and preschool teachers about the skills that children will be developing in kindergarten.
The following are resources offer fun things to do that can help stimulate your child’s brain development and school readiness.
Growth and Development
Ages and Stages Questionnaire
Families with children between the ages of 2 months and 5 years of age can complete a FREE Ages and Stages (ASQ-3) developmental screening. It only takes 10 minutes to complete and a developmental screening specialist will follow up with an individualized email to offer support and resources.
Healthy Start, Grow Smart
The Healthy Start, Grow Smart series is a U.S. Department of Education resource that helps parents learn more about how their child grows and develops.
The Born Learning website provides developmental information, children's advocacy information and tips for parents. Born Learning is supported by the United Way of America.
Another source of information is the Social/Emotional Matrix. This contains information on where to refer children from birth to age 18 in need of social/emotional support and new moms in need of prenatal care.
Healthcare and Wellness
American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics website offers parent numerous resources relating to the health and wellness of children.
Genesee County Health Department
The Genesee County Health Department provides clinics for immunizations, children's special health care needs, lead screening and abatement, and information on communicable diseases. Services are available to all children and a sliding fee scale is used to determine cost to the family.
Health Access is a community partnership with the mission of improving access to quality health care for uninsured and underinsured residents of Genesee County. Call (810) 232-4200 for more information.
Information and Resources
United Way 2-1-1 Information System
The 2-1-1 Information System allows you to dial 2-1-1 from your cell phone or land line, to get connected with information and resources to help build a community of healthy and safe children and families.