Early Learners and Care

About The Office of Great Start

The Office of Great Start has been charged with ensuring that all children birth to age eight, especially those in highest need, have access to high-quality early learning and development programs and enter kindergarten prepared for success. Then-Governor Rick Snyder outlined a single set of early childhood outcomes against which all public investments will be assessed:

  • Children born healthy;
  • Children healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade;
  • Children developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry; and
  • Children prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.


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Mi Kids Matter is your place to find what you need to give your child their best chance at health, happiness, and success later in life. On MiKidsMatter you can find information, resources and programs to take you from pregnancy through age 5 and beyond.






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21st Century Community Learning Centers

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Great Start Collaboratives and Parent Coalitions & Home Visitation (32p/32p(4))

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Child Development and Care Program

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Early Intervention (0-3) & 
Early Childhood Special Education (3-5)

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Great Start Readiness Program

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Head Start State Collaboration Office

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Preschool Development Grant B-5





More MDE Early Childhood Initiatives

Early Literacy
Early Mathematics