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.
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
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.
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.