• Calhoun County's Great Start for kids
  • Calhoun County's Great Start for kids
  • Calhoun County's Great Start for kids
  • Calhoun County's Great Start for kids


W.K. Kellogg Foundation & South Central MI AEYC 





Programs for Three and Four year olds in Calhoun County

What an exciting time for families and children in Calhoun County!! With the State's recent investment in early childhood programming, Calhoun County received many additional slots in the Great Start Readiness Preschool Programs for 4 year olds! CLICK HERE to complete the Birth-to-Five Services application.

The Calhoun Great Start Three Year old Scholarship Program provides scholarships to three year old children each year. Scholarships are awarded in the fall each year and cover a full year of tuition at an approved Child Care Center/Preschool. 2014-2015 scholarships will be awarded in August, 2014. Application deadline for these fall scholarships is July 18, 2014. Families who are awarded these scholarships will be contacted by phone and US Mail.  The Scholarship Program will continue to accept scholarship applications year round for future scholarship opportunities.

Click the photo below to view and/or print the Preschool Flyer for Calhoun County.  Link to Preschool Application Instructional Flyer


Calhoun Three Year old Scholarship Program

Scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 year are now being accepted! Deadline for applications is July 18, 2014.

 <<Click the Logo to complete PART ONE of the application online.

 Click >> HERE << to print PART ONE of the appllication to be mailed in to our office!

For a printable application in SPANISH click >> HERE<<


Welcome to Calhoun Great Start Collaborative!

The Calhoun Great Start Collaborative is a coordinated group of business, philanthropic and faith based organizations, educators, community members, parents and family members that all share the philosophy that it takes our whole community, working together, to ensure every child in Calhoun County has a GREAT START in their lives!

During the first 2,000 days between birth and their first day of kindergarten, 90% of a child's brain is developed.  Brain research shows us how the nutrition, medical care, nurturing and quality early learning experiences children receive during this critical period literally shapes the way their brains will function!

Through the work of the Calhoun PARENT COALITION , EARLY CHILDHOOD CONNECTIONS, GREAT START READY TEAMS, and the collaborative efforts of our Great Start COMMUNITY PARTNERS, our goal is to have every child in Calhoun County safe, healthy, prepared, and eager to succeed in school and life, becoming contributing and productive members of our community!

Feel free to explore our website and learn about the exciting ways our Community is working together to ensure that the children of our county are safe, happy, and ready to succeed in school and in life!

Please visit and "join" our FACEBOOK page to receive reminders about upcoming events and information for families and children!

Click on our EVENTS CALENDAR for information on upcoming meetings and events for children and families!

UPDATED: 6/24/14