Imagination Library

Thanks to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the Community Foundation of Monroe County, children under the age of 5 receive a FREE book every month until their 5th birthday. There is no gimmick! Parents simply register their children by sending in the form and start receiving books, via US Mail. For more registration information, click here.

Child Care Network

Child Care Network is commited to improving the quality of child care and providing resources to help the community make educated choices about early childhood education. CCN has been providing services to families and early childhood professionals since 1977. Child Care Network provides services for six southeast Michigan counties: Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw.

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Monroe County Library System KID'S ZONE

Would you like to help your child learn the skills needed to become a good reader? The Monroe County Library System offers Kid's Zone, a safe electronic place where children and parents can learn about library activities such as research books and authors, play games and learn about science and animals. Join the Kid's Zone by clicking here.

Get in the Sandbox!

The Michigan Sandbox Party is a nonpartisan movement for Michigan residents who recognize the need to make sure infants, toddlers and other children are healthy, strong and ready to go when they arrive at the kindergarten door. It's also for those who understand the crucial role that school-ready children play in Michigan's economic revival. Today in Michigan, about 35% of kindergarteners are unprepared for the rigors of school. The cost to them, to Michigan and to society is enormous. The Sandbox Party will provide leadership and a unified voice on key early childhood issues. Through advocacy, leadership, research and innovative programs, the Sandbox Party will address the importance of investing in the more than 750,000 Michigan residents between the ages of 0 thru age 5. For more information about the Sandbox Party, please visit www.michigansandboxparty.org .

Star Power

Star Power began in 2007 with several hundred people coming together to tell the legislature that investing in early childhood development saves taxpayers money, decreases the deficit and creates economic growth. Since that time, thousands have participated in Star Power activities in Lansing and locally, by showcasing the strength of the active, engaged and informed early childhood advocate community.

Great Start Connect

MIchigan's destination for childcare and preschool resources. Connecting families to high quality early learning and care. Click here to access .

Community Contacts
Contact Information

Amy Zarend, Great Start Director

Office located at the Monroe County ISD

1101 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI 48161

734.242.5799, ext. 1826


Nicole Eyler, Parent Coalition Coordinator


734.242.5799, ext. 4282