Open Enrollment 2023-2024
If you are interested in enrolling your child at the Madison Early Childhood Center for Kindergarten, please start the enrollment process online by clicking the button below.
Please be patient. After filling out the pre-enrollment form, you will receive a call from the Early Childhood Center with a date/time to come in and fill out the enrollment packet.
Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)
The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool Program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start. Funding is allocated to each intermediate school district to administer the program locally.
Research on preschool programs and specific research on GSRP indicates that children provided with a high-quality preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program.
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and related services is a state and federally mandated program for children (ages 3-5) who meet state eligibility criteria because they are experiencing developmental delays. Early Childhood education and support is critical to the overall development of our youngest students. Through Early Childhood Special Education services we can identify student development needs at an early age and help students be prepared for school entry. In addition, services will continue as needed when a child reaches school age.
Children grow and develop at different rates, but most will reach several milestones between the ages of 3 and 5. A child who is not meeting milestones and/or struggling to learn, may need additional supports to help them prepare for kindergarten. Intervening as early as possible can, in many cases resolve, or at least limit, a child's roadblock to learning.
Children ages 3 through 5 with a disability defined by one of the following categories are eligible for special education services:
- Speech/Language Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Cognitive Impairment
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Emotional Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Hearing Impairment
- Visual Impairment
- Physical Impairment
- Early Childhood Developmental Delay (ECDD)
- Severe Multiple Impairment
Other Health Impairment (including attention deficit disorder and health problems such as asthma, epilepsy, and diabetes)
For more information please contact Madison District Public Schools Special Education Department (248) 399-7800.
What is Early On® Oakland?
Early On® Oakland is a system of services for families of children birth to three years, who have a health condition or a developmental delay.
The system includes a collection of activities, supports, services and resources provided by many different agencies and programs. Early On® Oakland helps you find the individual support that your child and family needs.
How Can Early On® Oakland Help?
If that little voice inside your head is telling you that something isn't "quite right" with your baby or toddler, don't wait to reach out for help. The first years of a child's life are too important to let slip by. Don't wait to see if your little one "outgrows" your concern. Working on delays and concerns early means that children have a good chance for a great start in life.
Put your mind at ease, and give your child the help he or she may need by calling Early On® Oakland today! For free information and resources about your child's development, call 248.209.2084 or toll-free at 866.456.2084.
Who can receive Early On® Oakland Services?
Early On® Oakland is available to any Oakland County family with a child from birth to age three who has a developmental delay or an established medical condition.
What is a developmental delay? A developmental delay is seen when a child’s rate of growth and learning is different from that of most children the same age.
A developmental delay may be in one of the following areas:
- Taking care of basic needs
- Responding to others
What Happens When I Call?
A Referral Specialist will discuss your concerns and connect you with a Service Coordinator. The Service Coordinator will set up a developmental evaluation to see how your child is learning and growing. The evaluation can be done anywhere your family or child spends time and should work into your family's schedule. The evaluation process will determine if your child is eligible for Early On®, and the kinds of support your family may need.
What if my child is eligible for Early On® Oakland?
You and your Service Coordinator will decide what is best for your family. You will talk about activities, the things you can do every day, or programs where your child can learn and play with others. Your family may also need other supports like information or resources to help your child grow and develop. A few children may need extra help, and you and your Service Coordinator may decide your child needs special services to go along with the activities and supports. Examples of these services include family counseling, nursing services, nutritional counseling, audiology services, and physical, occupational or speech therapies.
For more information, call Early On® Oakland today!