0-5 Head Start Programs
Head Start is a federally-funded child development program that serves pregnant women, infants, toddlers and children ages 0-5. Its success is based on compassionate partnerships between Head Start program staff and parents. In Michigan, local Head Start programs work with families to remove barriers to success and to deepen parents' ability to support their children.
EightCAP, Inc. provides Head start and Early Head Start programming in Clinton (EHS Only), Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella and Montcalm Counties.
For more information please visit the Michigan Head Start Association website at http://michheadstart.org/
Policy Council Members Wanted
If you are interested in becoming a Policy Council member, download and complete a Policy Council Interest Form (see below). Completed forms can be returned to your chlld's Head Start Teacher or Family Liaison, Early Head Start Home Visitor or Family Liaison, or County EightCAP office.
Policy Council Interest Form (Fillable)
Policy Council Questions and Answers Sheet
Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded preschool program with aims that are similar to those of Head Start. While fewer children qualify for Head Start than GSRP, the Great Start Readiness Program also serves families whose circumstances indicate a need to free early childhood education.
EightCAP, Inc. partners with local districts and its subrecipients to offer GSRP programs in the Gratiot, Ionia Isabella and Montcalm Counties.
For more information please visit the Michigan Department of Education website at http://www.michigan.gove/mde/
Apply for the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)
Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition
The Great Start Parent Coalition is a group of volunteers who are liaisons between the Great Start Collaborative board and the community. Each local collaborative is committed to developing seamless programming that utilizes community resources and supports to help families have access to tools needed to provide a healthy start for all children.