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Home Visiting and Early Learning Groups

Great Start Home Visiting

Give your child an advantage when it’s time for them 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

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Gunderson
Email Jennifer Gunderson
Or complete this Interest Form and someone will contact you.

Early Learning Group Connections

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. 

Early Learning Groups are held in Algonac, Capac, Emmett, Fort Gratiot, and Marysville. 

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Great Start Home Visiting Earns Blue Ribbon Designation

In 2020, Great Start Home Visiting completed the Parents as Teachers Quality Endorsement and Improvement Process and earned the highest designation: Blue Ribbon Affiliate status. Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that Great Start Home Visiting is among the highest quality members of the home visitation and parent education field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity and quality.