Great Start Home Visiting

The goals of this program are to improve school readiness, encourage literacy, reduce the need for special education services and foster the maintenance of stable families by encouraging positive parenting skills; enhancing parent-child interaction; providing learning opportunities to promote intellectual, physical and social growth; and promoting access to needed community services through a community-school-home partnership that provides parents with information on child development from birth to age five.

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Home Visiting

Great Start Home Visiting is all about you, your child and your family. Raising a child is not easy, but it's very rewarding. Our trained parent educators may be able to offer suggestions you may not have thought of on ways to help your child gain important learning skills,or maybe some thoughts on how you can make even stronger connections with your child. We're not here to tell you how to be a parent, but to help develop the skills within you so you can help your child grow, develop and have a great start in life. To schedule a visit with our home visitor, call (810)-357-7621

Early Learning Groups (playgroups)

Come sing, play, create and explore during one of our free playgroups for children ages 0-5. Simply show up to any of our family centers, during the designated times below, and become engaged with your child in an hour long learning experience.

Great Start Centers

Great Start Home Visiting has four FREE centers for St. Clair County families of children ages 0-5. Families can get information on home visits with a parent educator, lending library, developmental milestones and screenings, parenting tips, family resources and Early Learning Groups.

Visit your Great Start Center

  • Capac Elementary 
    351 West Kempf Ct., Capac
    Early Learning Group: Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.
    Contact: Jennifer Jahn (810)455-4444

  • Griswold Street Baptist Church in Port Huron
    1232 Griswold St., Port Huron
    Early Learning Group: Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m.
    Contact: Teri Tabacco (810)357-7621

  • John F. Farrell-Emmett Elementary
    3300 Kinney Rd., Emmett
    Early Learning Group: Tuesdays, 10-11a.m.
    Contact:  Jennifer Jahn, (810) 455-4444

  • Family Center at St. Clair County RESA
    Corner of Range and Smiths Creek, Marysville
    Early Learning Group: Thursdays, 10-11 a.m.
    Contact: Jennifer Gunderson (810)455-4443

  • Point Tremble Early Childhood Center
    9541 Phelps Road Algonac 
    Early Learning Group: Mondays, 10-11 a.m.
    Contact: Teri Tabacco (810)357-7621

Lending Library

The Great Start to Quality Resource Center Lending Library materials are now available in St. Clair County for parents and early childhood professionals. A fun, easy and convenient way to enhance your environment and the experiences for children 0-5 years.

The Lending Library is available at all four of the Great Start Centers.

Experience Bins - Includes theme based toys and materials plus activity plans that provide ideas for developmentally appropriate hands-on activities.

CARES Kits - Include a toy and activity book that guides learning a specific skill.

Story Stretchers - Includes a storybook and activity ideas for extending the book across multiple areas of development.

Call (810) 455-4443 for more information or to check out materials.


If you are worried that your child may not be growing and developing like other children there are resources available in St. Clair County to help.

Early On

Early On assists families with infants and toddlers, from birth until they turn 36 months or 3 years of age, who may be experiencing delays in their development or if they have a diagnosed disability.

Stacy Thomas Early On Coordinator