Early Childhood Services

Mason-Lake-Oceana Great Start Collaborative (GSC)

The Mason-Lake-Oceana Great Start Collaborative is a partnership of parents, child care providers, service providers, businesses, and other community leaders who are committed to giving every child in our three counties a great start in life.

Through the Michigan Department of Education, the Great Start Collaborative has been charged with the following outcomes, ensuring every child has a great start:

  • Children born healthy;
  • Children healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade;
  • Children developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry; and
  • Children prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

GSRP is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors that may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Parents incur no cost for the program.

Research on preschool programs and specific research on GSRP indicates that children provided with a high-quality preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program.

Early On

When a baby is born, every parent hopes that he/she will have a healthy baby. Sometimes, however, things don't go as planned. The baby may be ill or may seem slow in doing things such as smiling, sitting up or speaking.

If you have a concern about a baby's health or development, Early On serves infants and toddlers from birth to 36 months with developmental delay or conditions that could lead to such delay. It has been well established that early intervention is an effective way to prevent or reduce problems for children at a later age

Early Childhood Special Education  

Young children ages three through five who have a disability as defined by one of the categories listed below are eligible for preschool services provided through the local school system.

In Michigan, the categories of disability include: Speech/Language Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Cognitive Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Emotional Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Physical Impairment, Early Childhood Developmental Delay (ECDD), Severe Multiple Impairment, or Other Impairment.