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Home Visiting and Playgroups

Give your child an advantage when it’s time to start school

The Great Start Home Visiting program is all about you, your child, and your family. We believe that parents are their child's first and most important teacher. Our focus in on discussing developmental milestones, identifying delays, and providing parents with knowledge and tools to support child development, and well being. We work with parents to enhance their child's intellectual, language, social, emotional, and physical development from birth to age 5.

Free Services

As a participating family, you receive all four components of our services:

  • Personal visits from a parent educator

  • Participation in early learning group activities
  • Network of community resources
  • Child health and development screenings


Families can participate in free playgroups that are offered weekly at our Great Start Centers throughout the county. These groups give parents the opportunity to learn and share information on parenting issues and child development. Parents learn from and support each other, observe their children with other children, practice parenting skills, and enjoy fun activities together with other children. Groups focus on music and movement, literacy, art, and child development. Playgroups are held in Algonac, Capac, Emmett, Fort Gratiot, and Marysville. 

‚ÄčFor more information, contact:
Jennifer Gunderson Parent Liaison

Jennifer Gunderson
Lead Parent Educator

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