Early Childhood Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

Parents of preschool aged children in Monroe County have options when deciding where to send their child(ren) to a preschool program. The MCISD is the single point of entry for preschool programs in Monroe County. The Universal Early Childhood Application below allows the MCISD early childhood staff, along with parents, to place the child into the appropriate educational setting. 

PDF DocumentUniversal Early Childhood Application

PDF DocumentOn-line Application - Early Childhood Programs Inquiry/Pre-Application

PDF DocumentECSE Parent Handbook 2022-2023

PDF DocumentEarly Childhood Continuity of Learning Plan

Head Start

Head Start is a federally funded preschool program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from families who meet income eligibility guidelines by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

The Monroe County Head Start program will provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in the following domains:

  • language and literacy;

  • cognition and general knowledge;

  • physical development and health;

  • social and emotional development; and

  • approaches to learning.

The Monroe County Head Start program will provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a federally-funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers and for pregnant women. Through the Monroe County Intermediate School District, we provide a home-visiting program for expectant moms and families with children ages 0-3 throughout the community. Transportation assistance is also provided. 

Why do children need Early Head Start? Each child's experiences during his/her earliest months of growth and development are crucial in determining later success in school...and in life. The Early Head Start program helps parents to provide their children with nurturing, responsive care that promotes the best outcomes. Services can include help in selecting a high-quality child care provider while parents are at work or completing school, parent education regarding development and learning, assistance for caregivers to provide an enriching, safe environment, and support to help families access needed resources in the community. 

The Monroe County Intermediate School District's Early Head Start Program received its first federal review in April of 2011. For for the first year under the umbrella of the MCISD, we were pleased that the program was found to be in compliance with 99.998% of the 1,800 Head Start Performance Standards. Below is the Report to the Community, which includes program statistics and demographics.

PDF DocumentEarly Head Start & Head Start Handbook - 2022-2023

PDF DocumentEarly Head Start Report to the Community


Great Start Readiness Program

The Great Start Readiness Program is a tuition FREE preschool that prepares children for kindergarten. Eligible students are children of Monroe County who attain age 4 by September 1st of the current school year. The program explores pre-reading, math and science skills, uses language for a variety of purposes including music and movement, investigates problem-solving and developing pre-social skills. The children learn to exercise large and small motor abilities.

The Great Start Readiness Program is funded by a grant from the Michigan Department of Education. The state has identified factors that may affect your child's education at any time in his/her kindergarten through 12th grade school year.

PDF DocumentGSRP Student/Parent Handbook 2022-2023

PDF DocumentGreat Start to Quality Web Posting 2019-2020

Your child must meet two factors to be eligible for the program:

  • Your family has low income

  • Your child has a delay

  • Your child has challenging behavior

  • Your family's primary language is not English

  • You do not have a high school diploma or GED

  • You - or your child - has experienced abuse or neglect.

  • Environmental risk factor(s) are present in the home.

Early On Program

Early on is a system designed to coordinate early intervention and other services for families who have children (ages 0-36 months) experiencing developmental delays or have disabilities or special needs. Early On services can include speech pathology, occupational therapy, diagnostic medical services, early intervention and social work service.

To enroll in any of these educational opportunities, please begin by completing the universal preschool application at the top of this page. 


To request more information please email earlychildhood@monroeisd.us or call 734.242.5799, ext. 1610.