Early Childhood Programs

The Livingston ESA offers free* high-quality preschool programs to children throughout Livingston County. 

Our preschool programs include Great Start Readiness and Head Start.  Both 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 kindergarten and beyond. The curriculum is focused 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 motor skills are included on a daily basis to make sure all five of the dimensions of readiness are addressed.  Parent involvement during the preschool years is encouraged and all programs provide multiple opportunities for parents to participate in their child’s experience. 

Decisions for enrollment into Head Start and Great Start Readiness Program classrooms are based on individual family experiences; one or more of these experiences may qualify your child:

•  Family Income
•  Concerns about your child's development
•  Challenging behavior
•  English as a second language
•  Family school difficulties
•  Environmental Risk (Abuse, Addiction, Mental Health)
•  Single parent home due to divorce, deployment, incarceration, illness
•  Change in guardianship

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and Head Start classrooms are located throughout the county, in each of the local school districts:  Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell, and Pinckney.  

Must meet eligibility requirements. 

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