Early Childhood

 Head Start/GSRP Programs
Head Start and GSRP are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Head Start is a preschool for income-eligible 3 and 4-year-old children. For more information, click here
GSRP (Great Start Readiness Program) classes are held at Yake Elementary and Erving Elementary. GSRP is a free preschool program for income-eligible 4-year-olds. 

Applications are now being accepted from families living in all Downriver communities for Early Head Start, a free educational program for expectant mothers, infants, and toddlers. Click here for details.

For enrollment details for Early Head Start, Head Start, or GSRP, click here:


Pre K to K Literacy Activities

Literacy Development Age by Age

A Developing Reader's Journey to Third Grade

Looking for ways to help your child learn and grow? Great Start can help. Go online and complete a questionnaire to help answer questions about how your child is learning and growing. Parents with children between the ages of 2 months and 5 1/2 years of age living in Wayne County can answer questions, and receive results from an ASQ Specialist.
Visit helpmegrow-mi.orgto take the online assessment now, for more information.


Music Class with Tamara

A free parent/child preschool interaction group. Making music is a part of your child's daily life. It improves their ability to move, think, create, reason, and express themselves. Come and see what music can do for you and your child. This musical adventure is designed to promote language, social, gross motor, and early literacy skills for preschool children ages 0-5 years. Call 734-675-0920 for more information.

The following websites offer free activities to promote school readiness skills, such as cutting activities and handwriting.  Enjoy the FREE craft ideas and downloadable games to print and play with your children as well.



Parents - click below for ideas from research to help your child become a reader:

National Institute for Literacy - A Child Becomes a Reader
Birth through Preschool
Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

Reading is Fundamental rif.org provides printable monthly activity calendars to enhance your young child's reading abilities every day.  RIF also provides a number of resources for parents to promote reading with their children. Check out the "Getting Ready to Read" section of their website at https://www.rif.org/literacy-central for Literacy Milestones birth to age 6 and The Five Essential Components of Reading.  


Michigan Alliance for Families/Early On:
For information on how to support your infant or toddler in their growth and development, visit the

Michigan Alliance for Families/Early On 


Parents of Children aged birth to 5 years:
Newsletters and resources
 for parents of children birth to 5 years old provided by Wayne County RESA.

Ensure your child's safety with a Free Car Seat inspection by Beaumont's certified child passenger safety technicians.  Flexible appointment times are available at the following Fitting Station locations:

  • Oakwood Healthcare Village Plaza, Dearborn
  • Beaumont Southshore Medical Center, Trenton
  • Gordon Chevrolet, Garden City

Call 313-586-5488 to set up an appointment to ensure your child's safety.

The Guidance Centers offers seven Community Resource Centers throughout the Downriver area.  Children, adults, and families may visit any of the centers to check out library materials, enroll in a playgroup, learn about parenting supports, local activities, and assistance programs.  The centers also offer parenting classes, workshops, and groups, infant massage, after-school tutoring, and activities for K-8th-grade students and GED tutoring for adults.  Click on the link to the seven locations:  www.guidance-center.org/crc

Parent Help Line for parent support and information.

 For Metro Detroit Resources, informational articles and more, visit:  metroparent.com

This site has some games and activities that are fun and promote problem-solving strategies.


This is a web page to learn letters, letter sounds, and beginning reading skills.


Illuminations, Resources for Teaching Math

This is an interactive game where children use five frames to count and learn to add.

Illuminations, Resources for Teaching Math. This is an interactive game where children use ten frames to count and learn to add.

This site teaches upper and lowercase letters, numbers, shapes, and colors.


Color Me Healthy - Preschoolers Moving & Eating Healthy. Color Me Healthy music get children up and moving to a fun and happy beat.



Are you looking for services and supports for you and your young child? Call the Home Visiting Connections for Young Children, a Wayne County service, that helps pregnant women, babies, children, and their families connect with available home visiting programs and resources. Click here for more information.

FREE Adult-Child Interaction Groups sponsored by the Guidance Center. These are for families with infants and toddlers, ages birth-3. All adults and children are welcome. Activities include arts and crafts, discussions, playtime, and snacks. Click here for details.


Great Start Collaborative Wayne County has an activity calendar of events for Wayne County families of young children.  You can search the calendar by date, location, or keywords based on your child's interest.