Kids ages 3-5
Some days they seem "all grown up" and some days they regress to the baby days! Here are some great behavior tips concerning the Preschool years.
In preschool, your child will learn to share, follow instructions and build the foundation for school learning. > Learn more
Where to start?
To find the best preschool for you child, start your search early. > Ten Signs of a Great Preschool.
Use Great Start CONNECT to find a licensed preschool program near you!
Great Start Readiness Program - Do you Qualify?
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded preschool program for children who will be 4 on or before September 1st and who are at-risk for future educational difficulties. Some examples of risk factors include developmental immaturity; a long-term or chronic illness; and an unemployed parent, single parent, incarcerated parent or teen-age parent. There is no cost for this program. Lenawee County offers both school-day program and a part-day program. Fill out this online form as a first step. Contact Lenawee Great Start (517-266-4821) for further information.
Easing into Kindergarten
Find a list of skills for your child to learn that will help them be ready to succeed in school.The new list was complied by Lenawee parents and Kindergarten teachers and endorsed by the Lenawee County Elementary Principals. The skills listed do not need to be mastered before entering Kindergarten but all will help your child be ready to learn. Download a copy
Lenawee Great Start Activity Cards
Lenawee Great Start has partnered with the Lenawee Cradle to Career initiative and gathered information from the Brigance screener III, parents, caregivers and educators that attend our Kindergarten and School Readiness work groups to come up with awesome activity cards that offer fun, affordable and easy ways to help your child prepare for kindergarten. The Brigance Screener is used by Lenawee County Schools as a measurement tool for determining kindergarten readiness across the county.
If you need even more ideas and activities to help prepare your child for Kindergarten, check out our FREE Activity Cards on Pinterest. We have an On the Go Set and an At Home Set. These cards are also located at more than 20 locations throughout Lenawee County.
By just doing a couple of these activities a day with your child, you are helping to make sure that are getting a Great Start and preparing for kindergarten.
2019 Kindergarten Registration Dates are available on our Kindergarten Registration Page
Immunization and Physical Requirements for Preschool & Childcare
The State of Michigan requires certain immunizations for children attending childcare centers or preschool programs. Go to the CDC Immunizations page for details, including a "catch up" immunization schedule. If you live in Michigan, request an official immunization record here.
Please note that the State of Michigan now requires parents who request a non-medical waiver for immunizations to speak with a local health educator. Details here.
Children must have an updated medical physical to attend a licensed childcare or preschool program. The physical form required can be found here. An authorized medical examiner must complete the form, front and back with in the first 30 days of attending a program.