Early Childhood Programs

Early Childhood Programs

It is never too early to prepare for your child's future. Research on brain development has documented that the future education and well-being of a child is formed very early.

The majority of the brain is developed during the first three years of life. Research shows that early experiences and early learning actually changes the physical structure of the brain. Infants and toddlers are pre-programmed to learn, but they only learn from the experiences that we provide for them.

The Monroe County ISD is working to ensure that the resources and tools are available to give every child a healthy, enriched start to learning and life.

General Education Programs

Parent/Child Readiness Groups

Groups meet at local schools throughout the county. All families with children 18 months-3 years are welcome.

Early Childhood Literacy

The Early Literacy Program supports local efforts to enhance the early language, literacy, and pre-reading development of preschool-age children through strategies, professional development and early childhood literacy programs that focus on all areas of development, with special emphasis on the early language, cognitive, and pre-reading skills that prepare children for school success.

Special Education Programs

Early On

Available to families with children birth to three who may have a developmental delay or physical impairment.

Early Childhood Program

Programming for exceptional children, birth to 3 years of age.

Community Programs/Initiatives

Great Start Collaborative

The Great Start Collaborative is a partnership of local stakeholders and parents who are committed to establishing and maintaining a comprehensive early childhood system that will address all factors that influence a child's readiness for school and life. Visit the Great Start Collaborative website by clicking the link above.

Be Their Hero from Age Zero

Be Their Hero is a statewide initiative supported in Monroe County by the Monroe County Intermediate School District (MCISD) and the public school districts in partnership with many community businesses and agencies.

Be Their Hero from Age Zero Summer Camp

This summer camp is offered to any family in Monroe County with a child between the ages of 2-5 years old. Camp is held weekly throughout the summer and is sponsored by the Monroe County Intermediate School District and many Monroe County businesses and agencies. Emphasis is placed on summer activities to help the child develop in all areas.

Baby Net

Baby Net is a coordinated effort by Monroe County ISD, the Children's Advocacy Network (CAN) Council, United Way and ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital to provide packets of information to the parents of newborns delivered in Toledo and Monroe area hospitals.

Early Childhood Calendar

April 25
CANCELLED - 2020 Celebrate Children
Mall of Monroe
CANCELLED - 2020 Celebrate Children
Apr 25
Mall of Monroe
Early Childhood

2020 Celebrate Children Festival - CANCELLED

As everyone is aware, the COVID-19 virus has made its way to Michigan and a state of emergency has been declared by Governor Whitmer. Having had discussions and received guidance from both the Health Department and the Monroe County ISD, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Celebrate Children event that was scheduled for Saturday, April 18th at the Mall of Monroe.

While we know the potential risk level is low for most people, we are taking the extra precautions necessary to slow the spread of the virus and not transmit it to those with weakened immune systems. Many large scale events are being cancelled and rescheduled as a protective measure and our committee has decided that this is the best practice to follow.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible. All sponsors will be contacted separately to discuss the refunding of received funds.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that you will join us in 2021 for an even bigger and better CELEBRATION event!



Katie Bourbina
Early Childhood Special Education

Early Childhood Specialist

Cortney Last
Early Childhood Specialist
Early Childhood

Early Literacy Coach

Lynn Fleck
Early Literacy Coach
Curriculum and Instruction