2012-04-19 / Lifestyles

Community Action Agency’s Early Childhood Program designates the week of April 23 as Head Start Week

The Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency’s Early Childhood Program has designated the week of April 23 as Head Start Week, and applications are being accepted for free preschool classes beginning in September.

Parents are encouraged to apply early for the September enrollment. Planning for the fall begins in May and programming, such as the number of classrooms at each center, is decided based on the need for services in each county.

Children who will be three to five before Dec. 2 are served through the Head Start or Great Start Readiness Programs in a preschool classroom setting. Free busing is available for most classes, although some families may be required to meet at a pick-up point. Lunches and snacks are served during class.

Early Childhood Centers are located in Manistique, Menominee, Hermansville, Rapid River, Gladstone and Escanaba.

Selection for enrollment is based on age, family income and other family circumstances. Disabilities, foster care, homelessness, education or employment issues, and single or teen parenting are some of the additional factors that are considered.

Family income is verified at the time of application. Program eligibility is automatic in situations of homelessness, foster care, receipt of cash or childcare assistance through the Department of Human Services, or receipt of Supplemental Security Income payments.

For more information or to apply, call the Manistique Early Childhood Center at 341-6423 or (800) 562-9131.

The Early Head Start Program is offered for families who are pregnant or have children ages 0-3. EHS provides year-round weekly home visits and playgroup opportunities. Delta County also has a classroom option for toddlers.

Family activities, child health and developmental tracking, and special needs advocacy and follow up are offered to enrolled participants.

The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are federally funded. The Great Start Readiness Program is funded through the state of Michigan.

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