Early Childhood

Free Programs for birth to fiveGISD and its Center for Countywide Programs early childhood services staff deliver student services, and assist local district staff and families in the program areas shown below. All are free (or based on income guidelines) and welcome all children, including those with disabilities or cognitive delays. 

GISD Head Start Programs

The GISD Early Head Start program provides infant/toddler center-based classrooms and comprehensive services for Flint children from ages 6 weeks to 3 years. This year-round program operates Monday through Friday.

The GISD Head Start program provides preschool classes and comprehensive services for children, ages 3-5, who live in the Beecher, Carman-Ainsworth, and Flint school districts. School and home-based services are available.  

Great Start Readiness Program

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) provides preschool classes for Genesee County children, age 4. Classes are located in schools and childcare centers throughout the county.
Enrollment statement 

Early On® Genesee County

Early On® Genesee County provides free early intervention services for infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with developmental delay(s) and/or disabilities. Early On® also supports parents so that they can address the unique needs of their eligible infants and toddlers and enhance their health, development, and learning.

Go to www.geneseepreschool.org to enroll your child. Call (810) 591-KIDS for more information or questions about GISD preschool programs and early intervention services.

SKIP to a Great Start

The SKIP to a Great Start program is a developmental support network for Genesee County parents with children ages 0-5. Services focus on parent involvement, early childhood education, literacy development, school readiness, and nutrition education.

Genesee County Great Start Collaborative

The Genesee County Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition is an initiative designed to strengthen the early childhood infrastructure in Genesee County. The efforts of the Great Start Collaborative include:

  • Convening a collaborative of 30 community agencies and parents
  • Parent empowerment and advocacy through the Great Start Parent Coalition
  • Child care referral, and training for providers through Great Start Connect
  • Development of cross-agency partnerships to improve family access to, and the quality of, the services provided
  • Development of funding streams to increase the number of services for families with young children

Additional Information

For more information about the programs of Early Childhood and Parenting, contact GISD's Center for Countywide Programs at (810 591-5603.