Early Childhood

Early On

If you have a concern about your baby's health or development, Early On services is an effective way to prevent or reduce problems for children at a later age. Specializing in the evaluation and treatment of children that are not developing at the same rate as other children, Early On assists with physical, mental, social, or emotional development. Early On is offered by the Michigan Department of Education. Early On is mandated by Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

For more information regarding Early On, call 1.800.327.5966 (voice or TDD) or Eaton Early On at 517.541.8937.

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Child Find

Child Find Michigan is a statewide system of service to promote the awareness of special education supports and/or services provided by the public school system.

Child Find is devoted to helping individuals, parents, and people who work with families (known as primary referral sources), to connect with the special educational services that may be needed. In Michigan, eligible children, youth, and young adults may receive special educational services from birth through 25 years of age. Child Find screenings are for children between the ages of 3-5 years old.

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FREE Preschool

Free Preschool through Great Start Readiness Program

What is the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)?

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

Why should you consider a high-quality preschool for your child?

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. High-quality GSRP programs prepare children to be successful in Kindergarten and throughout life.

What is our goal?

The goal of the program is to encourage the development of children and prepare them for successful entry into Kindergarten using developmentally appropriate practices in a play-based curriculum.    

What is a play-based curriculum?

The Eaton Regional Education Service Agency uses Creative Curriculum, a play-based curriculum that focuses on eight domains: Language Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Creative Arts, Social & Emotional Development, and Physical Health & Development.  Creative Curriculum for preschool, is a scientifically-based curriculum, along with an internet-based child assessment system to measure progress and make program improvements. Creative Curriculum is play-based which means that children have the opportunity to choose activities which they find interesting and fun.  At the same time, teachers have intentionally planned these activities knowing what children will learn as they interact with the materials in the classroom.           

Who do we serve?

The Eaton Regional Education Service Agency (ERESA) services Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP) throughout Eaton County. ERESA serves as the fiscal and administrative agent. School day GSRP classrooms are located in each district throughout the county including: Charlotte, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Maple Valley, and Potterville.  


All children need to be age eligible (4 years old on or before December 1) to qualify. 

Programs maintain a 1:8 ratio as required by the State of Michigan and are run by highly qualified and certified teachers.

Classes meet Monday through Thursday at all locations. Times vary from one district to another.

It's easy to enroll. Please fill out the free preschool application or call 517.541.8724 for more information.

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