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    Head Start

    Head Start is accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. Head Start is a preschool for income-eligible 3 and 4-year-old children.

    Applications are now being accepted from families living in all Downriver communities for Early Head Start, a free educational program for expectant mothers, infants, and toddlers.

    Enrollment details for Early Head Start and Head Start


    Pre-K to K Literacy Activities

    Literacy Development Age by Age

    A Developing Reader's Journey to Third Grade


    Looking for ways to help your child learn and grow? Great Start can help. Go online and complete a questionnaire to help answer questions about how your child is learning and growing. Parents with children between the ages of 2 months and 5 1/2 years of age living in Wayne County can answer questions, and receive results from an ASQ Specialist.
    Take the online assessment now


    Music Class with Tamara - A free parent/child preschool interaction group. Making music is a part of your child's daily life. It improves their ability to move, think, create, reason, and express themselves. Come and see what music can do for you and your child. This musical adventure is designed to promote language, social, gross motor, and early literacy skills for preschool children ages 0-5 years. Call 734-675-0920 for more information.


    Free activities to promote school readiness skills, such as cutting activities and handwriting. Enjoy the FREE craft ideas and downloadable games to print and play with your children as well.


    Ideas from research to help your child become a reader:

    National Institute for Literacy - A Child Becomes a Reader
    Birth through Preschool
    Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

    Reading is Fundamental provides printable monthly activity calendars to enhance your young child's reading abilities every day. RIF also provides a number of resources for parents to promote reading with their children.

    Getting Ready to Read - Literacy Milestones birth to age 6 and The Five Essential Components of Reading

    Michigan Alliance for Families/Early On - How to support your infant or toddler in their growth and development


    Parents of Children aged birth to 5 years:
    Newsletter and Resources for parents of children birth to 5 years old provided by Wayne County RESA


    Ensure your child's safety with a Free Car Seat inspection by Beaumont's certified child passenger safety technicians. Flexible appointment times are available at the following Fitting Station locations:
    - Oakwood Healthcare Village Plaza, Dearborn
    - Beaumont Southshore Medical Center, Trenton
    - Gordon Chevrolet, Garden City
    Call 313-586-5488 to set up an appointment to ensure your child's safety


    The Guidance Centers offers seven Community Resource Centers throughout the Downriver area. Children, adults, and families may visit any of the centers to check out library materials, enroll in a playgroup, learn about parenting supports, local activities, and assistance programs. The centers also offer parenting classes, workshops, and groups, infant massage, after-school tutoring, and activities for K-8th-grade students and GED tutoring for adults.


    Parent Help Line for parent support and information

    Metro Detroit Resources - informational articles and more

    Games & Activities that are fun and promote problem-solving strategies

    Learn letters, sounds, and reading skills


    Illuminations, Resources for Teaching Math:

    Interactive Game where children use five frames to count and learn to add

    Interactive game where children use ten frames to count and learn to add

    Upper and lower case letters, numbers, shapes


    Color Me Healthy - Preschoolers Moving & Eating Healthy - Music to get children up and moving to a fun and happy beat


    Are you looking for services and supports for you and your young child? Home Visiting Connections for Young Children, a Wayne County service, helps pregnant women, babies, children, and their families connect with available home visiting programs and resources.


    Free Groups - These are for families with infants and toddlers, ages birth-3. All adults and children are welcome. Activities include arts and crafts, discussions, playtime, and snacks. 


    Great Start Collaborative Wayne County activity calendar of events for Wayne County families of young children (search the calendar by date, location, or keywords based on your child's interest).