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Early Childhood Preschool Programs:  Head Start & GSRP 

Head Start

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. 

LESA is the grantee for the Livingston County Head Start Programs providing comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged three to five year old children and their families.  10% of the funded slots are "reserved" for children with disabilities for inclusion in classrooms.  The curriculum has a focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills needed to be successful in school.  Additionally, attention to the whole child includes a focus on social and emotional development.  Children learn skills to negotiate, problem solve and develop empathy as they interact with their peers and other adults in early childhood settings.  Activities to develop gross and fine motors skills are included on a daily basis to make sure all five of the dimensions of readiness are addressed.
Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents, engaging them in their child's learning and making decisions about their educational goals.  Parents are encouraged to participate in the classrooms by planning and supervising activities.  There is also opportunity to serve on committees emphasizing health and nutrition as well as connecting with community resources.  Parent may become involved in Policy Council, making decisions about programs and services for families.
Programs are located throughout the county, in each of the local school districts:  Brighton, Fowlerville, Gregory, Howell and Pinckney. Transportation is available within a one-hour route to and from school.
There are a number of different program options running the length of the school year.


Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) 

The Great Parents, Great Start Program Grants provide funds to support collaborative community efforts to develop parent involvement and education programs.  The programs are designed for the families of children from birth to age five. 

Four components are required:

  • Information on development of children from birth to age five.
  • Methods to enhance parent/child interaction that promote social and emotional development of infant and toddlers, and age-appropriate language, mathematics, and early reading skills.
  • Promotion of access to needed community services through a community-school-home partnership.
  • Provide parents with examples of learning opportunities to promote intellectual, physical, and social growth of children, five years of age and younger.  
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Head Start Home Based Option  Call 517-548-2100 for More Information
Children, birth to three, have one home visit per week and a socialization/preschool experience once a month.
Great Parents Great Start Home Visiting  Call the Family Resource Center at 
517-548-2000 for More Information

2014 - 2015 Program Locations: 

Brighton - Classrooms located in Miller Early Childhood Center
Fowlerville - Classrooms located in Munn Early Learning Center
Howell - Classrooms located at LESA, Three Fires, Challenger
Hartland - Classrooms located at the Hartland Community Education building
Pinckney - Classrooms located in Lakeland Elementary
Gregory - Classrooms located at Howlett Elementary


2015/2016 Enrollment

Call 517-548-2100 to make an Enrollment Appointment

Please bring the following documents to your Enrollment Appointment:

  • Completed Enrollment Application
  • Verification of all Reported Income
  • Up-to-date Immunization Records and/or Health Department Immunization Waiver
  • Birth Certificate (must be actual birth certificate
  • Medical Insurance CardsŸ
  • Custody/Visitation Paperwork (if necessary)
  • Development Documents (IEP, IFSP, Early On Transition Forms, if necessary)
***Note*** If you do not have an actual birth certificate and would like assistance obtaining one, please ask when making your appointment




Last Modified on March 1, 2015