Educational Opportunities

The Monroe County Intermediate School District (MCISD) is the single point of entry for birth to age three programs in Monroe County. To request more information please email or call 734.242.5799, ext. 1610. 

Great Start Readiness Program - Registration OPEN

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 December 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.

External LinkUniversal Early Childhood Application

PDF DocumentGSRP Long Application

PDF Document200-300% Above Poverty Guidelines

PDF DocumentDefined Risk Factors

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.

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.

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. We are pleased that the program was found to be in compliance with 99.998% of the 1,800 Head Start Performance Standards. There are four areas for which an action plan was developed and is being implemented.

PDF DocumentEarly Head Start Report to the Community

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. The Early On Infant Devemopment Program is located within the Monroe County Intermediate School District. Early On services can include speech pathology, occupational therapy, diagnostic medical services, early intervention and social work service.

Early Childhood Special Education or Preschool  Diagnostics

For more information regarding these services, please see the Monroe County Intermediate School District's Special Education Programs & Services webpage.

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

The Benefits of Preschool

Most educators agree that the ages of three to five are crucial periods in a child's education and development. Enrolling a child in a preschool program will help to lay the foundation for academics, social interaction skills, as well as build self esteem and self confidence in a child.

What Preschool Can Do for Your Children

     - Children between the ages of three and five are ready to learn. Curiosity is high in this age group and preschools meet the needs of the child. If the child's inner curiosity is not met with activities and answers, it could possibly diminish his/her future academic performance. 

     - Children in this age group have a wide range of interests. If these interests are discovered and encouraged at a young age, it will lay the groundwork for a love of learning. For instance, a child who has a love for scribbling and is encouraged will generally learn to write earlier than other children. 

     - Children who are enrolled in preschool learn the importance of character through the praise and encouragement they receive through displaying hard work and responsibility. This leads to positive self worth, as well as fostering good study skills, in a child.


Program and Services

Educational Programs offered through the Monroe County Intermediate School District.

  •  Early Childhood Diagnostics
  • Childcare and Preschool Consultation
  • Home Visiting Services
  • Early Head Start
  • Parent/Child Interaction Groups
  • Early Intervention
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  • Be Their Hero from Age Zero Summer Camps
  • Baby Net

For more information for any of the preschool programs on this page, please contact Katie Bourbina at or 734.342.8640.