• Early Childhood Programs and Activities

    Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC)

    A group for early childhood matters in our three county area – Cheboygan, Otsego, and Presque Isle Counties. The ICC is made up of parents, service providers, and representatives from organizations involved with young children from birth to kindergarten entry, and their families. Learn more »

    Great Start Collaborative (GSC)

    Thorough needs assessments and strategic planning around early childhood, the GSC helps coordinate activities, broaden community involvement in early childhood efforts, and facilitate parent input and involvement. Learn more »

    Great Start Readiness Program

    A tuition-free, state grant funded preschool program for at-risk four-year-old students. The program requires children to be age four by September 1. Learn more »

    Parent-Child Activities Directory - Places to Go and Things to Do

    Young children learn constantly, soaking up experience from everything they do. Doing lots of activities with them is a great way to stimulate their growth and development, and to have fun together, too — parent-child activities are one of the most important things to help your child as they grow. Activities at home are lots of fun and very valuable for your young children, but for ideas about other places you can visit with your child, and some regularly available activities to do together, see:

    Early Childhood Programs & Links

    Early On Michigan logo

    A child’s early years are important ones, and COP ESD provides and takes part in numerous early childhood programs and activities for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, their parents, and others who work with them. This is done in collaboration with a network of community groups, agencies, organizations, and schools.

    Click on the the following links for more about EARLY ON:

    Contact persons are given in each program area, or call Sam Cornelius, Early Childhood at COP ESD, (231) 238-9394 ext. 216.

    Tapestry and Great Parents Great Start

    Tapestry Bear logo

    COP ESD’s Tapestry program provides parent education and child development information for parents of children birth to kindergarten entry. It offers information, home visits, and parent training such as Love and Logic workshops. Tapestry incorporates the state-supported Great Parents Great Start project which sponsors many of the awareness activites and parent trainings and some of the parent home visits.

    County Resource Directories

    The TAPESTRY Project, EARLY ON, Great Parents Great Start, and other community agencies have teamed up to put together directories and services for young children and their families in Cheboygan, Otsego and Presque Isle Counties. The listing also includes resources in communities in neighboring counties that are part of COP ESD school districts. Click the link below to view A GUIDE FOR FAMILY SERVICES directory for each county.

    Links to helpful early childhood websites

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    Michigan's Great Parents Great Start is part of Michigan’s Great Start Campaign. More information about Great Start is at www.greatstartforkids.org

    If you cannot afford childcare payment assistance is available.  More information can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-63294_5529_7143---,00.html 

    Michigan’s Children has information about state policy and programming for young children and families, and updates on much legislation. More information is at www.michiganschildren.org

    The Born Learning national campaign is an excellent source of information on early childhood development and ways to support children in their early years. Their website is www.bornlearning.org You can subscribe to their parent e-newsletter “Bits of Understanding” for regular tips on parenting and child development.

    The Parents as Teachers website www.parentsasteachers.org has a Parenting Tips section with information for parents. You may also sign up for PAT's Parents eNewsletter. Each month you will receive age-appropriate information about your growing child.

    Parenting Counts is a national parenting project done in some other areas of >Michigan in cooperation with PBS. For information about their project, go to their website at www.talaris.org

    Public Broadcasting’s “PBS Parents.” website has information for parents of young children. See it and their Early Learning information at www.pbs.org/parents/child-development/baby-and-toddler

    Reach Out and Read (ROR) is a national non-profit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud in pediatric exam rooms across the nation. For information go to www.reachoutandread.org

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website has information about products recalled for a safety reason- car seats, high chairs, toys, etc. Go to: www.cpsc.gov. You can sign up for email alerts on new recalls of child products.