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Early Head Start

Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and pregnant women. Its mission is simple: to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children, and promote healthy family functioning. Recent advances in the field of infant development make this an especially exciting time to have Head Start formally expand its family to include the provision of Early Head Start services. Family income is one key factor in determining eligibility for program participation. The federal poverty guidelines are used to evaluate family income. For more information about the NEMCSA Head Start program call (800) 968-2226 ext. 219, or email.


Head Start

Head Start (HS) is a preschool education program for children 3 - 5 years of age whose family incomes are at or below 100% of poverty. At least 10% of enrollment slots are reserved for children with documented disabilities. Head Start is a comprehensive program in that, in addition to education, it provides for social service, health/dental, nutrition, mental health, and disability services to participating families. By coordinating these services for each child, Head Start provides skills which bring about a greater degree of social competence and allows the child to more effectively deal with their present environment and later responsibilities in school and life.

NEMCSA's Head Start program serves children in twenty-one Michigan counties. The counties are Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Huron, Iosco, Lapeer, Mecosta, Midland, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Sanilac and Tuscola. For more information about the NEMCSA Head Start program call (800) 968-2226 ext. 219, or email.


Great Start Readiness Program

The Great Start Readiness Program provides the same services as Head Start with the exception that eligibility is open to families whose incomes are within 250% of poverty.


School Success Partnership

The School Success Partnership is a prevention program that identifies elementary students who are showing early signs of difficulty in school and other settings. What happens to a child at home, play, and at school can deeply affect a youngster's ability to learn. Through this program, workers can identify a child's needs, address those needs, and help that youngster have a sound, successful early learning experience that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Any child who is experiencing difficulties may be referred to the School Success Program by a parent, teacher, community agency, or school success worker. These difficulties may include: excessive absenteeism, behavior problems, family crisis situations, withdrawn behavior, untended needs, transitional difficulties, or any factor that may have a negative impact on a child's successful learning experience.

Close communication is established and maintained between home and school through a School Success Worker. Teachers, parents, school staff, and student are all involved in developing an action plan, to determine the steps necessary to help the child be successful in school. The School Success Worker has weekly contact with the child, bi-weekly home visits with parents, and frequent contact with teachers. This contact is necessary to help maintain success of the action plan goals and to insure student progress.

Family involvement in the School Success Program is voluntary, except in cases of truancy. All information about the students and families in the program is kept confidential.

Program specific information can be obtained by calling (989) 358-5006, or e-mail Dorothy Pintar.