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Early Childhood

Early Childhood

bullet  Overview

Early childhood services are offered through the Department of Consultant Services and include:

  • addressing current issues
  • providing information
  • offering professional development and programming opportunities
  • offering opportunities to share and network on the local regional and state level.

Services support the development of children from birth to age eight in Macomb County.

bullet  Great Parents - Macomb
Being a parent is a big job!  It is fun, exciting and very rewarding.  It can also be exhausting, confusing and, at times, overwhelming!  As parents we sometimes need information or ideas.  Find out how (with just one phone call) you can find information, connect with other parents and gain parenting know-how.  This site is focused on children ages birth to 5.
bullet  Great Start Macomb

Great Start Macomb is a partnership of local professionals, community leaders and parents committed to establishing and maintaining a comprehensive early childhood system addressing all factors influencing a young child's readiness for school and life.

Through public and private funding, this collaborative seeks to assure the highest quality resources and service integration to support our children's physical and emotional health, child care, early education, basic needs, and provide resources for parents and professionals.  Local investment in young children today means a thriving globally competitive workforce tomorrow.

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bullet  Early Literacy
Helping children get ready to learn to read

Reading aloud to young children promotes language acquisition and literacy development.  Research shows there are six early literacy skills that children must know before they can learn to read.  When you read to children, you promote each of these important skills.

Print Motivation A child's enjoyment and interest in books.
Print Awareness Refers to a child's understanding that print conveys meaning, has different functions, and is organizes in a certain way.
Letter Knowledge Learning that letters have names and are different from each other, and that specific sounds go with specific letters.
Phonological Awareness Phonological Awareness The ability to hear and manipulate the smaller sounds in words.
Vocabulary Knowing the name of things.
Narrative Skills  Being Able to understand and tell stories
Reading aloud to children is critical for academic success.
bullet  Literacy Guides
Literacy Guides were developed by a group of professional educators to help parents and families foster language and literacy skills with young children. The guides are to be used with popular children's books. They are specifically designed for parents or for educators to use with parents. The guides include engaging games, songs, rhymes, and questions to ask young children. If you would more information about the literacy guides please e-mail JoAnne Elkin (Early Literacy/Early Childhood Consultant) at


bullet  Book List
bullet  National Literacy Resources
Please click on the links below:
bullet  Professionals - STEPS Career Lattice

The Great Start Collaborative’s in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties are working to create a place for all early childhood professionals to access a career guide.

Great Start Collaborative STEPS Career Lattice:

Video on how to use the STEPS Career Lattice:


bullet  Making the Right Connection
Link to Making the Right Connection, a Resource Guide for Macomb County families.
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bullet  April is the Month of the Young Child
Link to the MI AEYC Month of the Young Child web page.
bullet  Before and After School Child Care
Information on Macomb County School-Age Child Care Council (McSACC). 
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bullet  Great Start School Readiness Program
Facts about the Great Start School Readiness Programs.
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bullet  Parenting Awareness Michigan
Parenting Awareness Michigan (PAM) celebrates people raising children and promotes year around parenting education and resources.  Michigan celebrates the month of March as Parenting Awareness Month.  PAM - unique to Michigan - provides guidance, materials, resources, referrals, and technical assistance.  PAM directs its efforts to assisting local organizers plan special parenting events, celebrations, and education opportunities in March and throughout the year, and encourages a broader understanding and acknowledgment of the importance of effective parenting.
bullet  Guide to Fun for Families
Inside you will find many ideas for activities and places to visit with your family throughout the year! From museums, nature centers, and attractions to local libraries, parks and recreation departments and theaters, you will find endless possibilities for enjoyment, learning and relaxation.  This edition includes ideas to do at home!
bullet  Macomb County Directory of Children's Services
A Directory of Services for Macomb County families and children.
bullet  Month of the Young Child Community Event
Click here for PDF links to event handouts.
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bullet  Workshops
Information about courses offered at the MISD.
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bullet  Early Childhood Resources
Information on Child Care, Early Years, Existing Early Childhood Initiatives in Macomb County, Information, Organizations & Research,  and Parent Involvement in Education.
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bullet  Statewide Organizations Concerned with Early Childhood Services in Michigan
Compiled by the Michigan Association of United Ways
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  • JoAnne Elkin
    Early Literacy/Early Childhood Consultant
  • Dr. Lisa Sturges
    Great Start Collaborative Coordinator
  • Kelly Adamek
    Great Start Readiness Program Coordinator
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