Early Childhood

GSRP Programs
 
Head Start and GSRP are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Head Start is a preschool for income-eligible 3 and 4 year old children. For more information, click here
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‚ÄčGSRP (Great Start Readiness Program) classes are held at Yake Elementary and Erving Elementary. GSRP is a free preschool program for income eligible 4 year olds. 

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. Click here for details.

Age-Appropriate Information

Pre K to K Literacy Activities

Literacy Development Age by Age

A Developing Reader's Journey to Third Grade



Ready for School & Life Mobile Learning Adventure

The Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while having fun with their children.

The educational exhibit allows parents and children to engage in unique, interactive activities — whether visiting a learning kiosk, imagining the future, or exploring the difference between a need versus a want. It's a great way to discover how everyday moments are learning opportunities.

For more information, click here.

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. Visit helpmegrow-mi.org to take the online assessment now, or click here for more information.


 

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. Clickhere for the Fall 2016 dates.  For information on the Winter/Spring 2017 dates, click here.


The following websites offer 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.
www.activityvillage.co.uk

 

 


 

Parents - click below for 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 rif.org provides printable monthly activity calendars to enhance your youngchild's reading abilities every day.  RIF also provides a number ofresources to parents to promote reading with their children. Check outthe Getting Ready to Read section of their website at rif.org/books-activities/tips-resources/by-topic/getting-ready-to-read for Literacy Milestones birth to age 6 and The Five Essential Components of Reading.  

www.rif.org/literacy-resources/calendars/

Michigan Alliance for Families/Early On:
For information on how to support your infant or toddler in their growth and development, visit the
Michigan Alliance for Families/Early On website.
 
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Parents of Children aged birth to 5 years:
Newsletters 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 Oakwood's certified child passenger safety technicians.  Flexible appointment times are available at the following Fitting Station locations:

  • Oakwood Village Plaza, Dearborn
  • Oakwood Southshore Medical Center, Trenton
  • Oakwood Healthcare Center, Allen Park
  • 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 throughoutthe Downriver area.  Children, adults and families may visit any of thecenters to check out library materials, enroll in a playgroup, learnabout parenting supports, local activities and assistance programs.  Thecenters also offer parenting classes, workshops, and groups, infantmassage, after-school tutoring, and activities for K-8th grade studentsand GED tutoring for adults.  Click on the link to the seven locations:  www.guidance-center.org/crc
 


   
Parent Help Line for parent support and information.


 
 For Metro Detroit Resources, informational articles and more, visit:  metroparent.com


This site has some games and activities that are fun and promote problem solving strategies.

http://www.seussville.com/ 



This is a webpage to learn letters, letter sounds, and beginning reading skills.
http://www.starfall.com/

 
Illuminations, Resources for Teaching Math

This is an interactive game where children use five frames to count and learn to add.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/activitydetail.aspx?id=74%20

Illuminations, Resources for Teaching Math. This is an interactive game where children use ten frames to count and learn to add.
http://illuminations.nctm.org/activitydetail.aspx?id=75%20


This site teaches upper and lowercase letters, numbers, shapes, and colors.

 http://www.literacycenter.net/lessonview_en.php


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

http://www.colormehealthy.com/songs-and-lyrics/

  


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


FREE Adult-Child Interaction Groups sponsored by the Guidance Center. These are for families with infants and toddlers, ages birth-3. All adults and children are welcome. Activities include: arts and crafts, discussions, play time, and snacks. Click here for details.

  


 Great Start Collaborative Wayne County has an activity calendar ofevents for Wayne County families of young children.  You can search thecalendar by date, location, or key words based on your child's interest.

 http://www.greatstartwayne.org/family-activity-calendar/#activity-calendar