• 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

The BIRTH TO FIVE SERVICES APPLICATION is the first step in enrolling your child in the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), Community Action HEAD START, and the Three Year Old Scholarship Program! Click the link below to complete the online application! Contact the Early Childhood Services Office for more information! (269) 660-1606 ext. 6143.





Great Start County Connections

Playgroup Times and Locations

Victory Park: W. Cass St., Albion

     June 3, June 17 and July 1, 2015  10:00am - 11:00am              

Ketchum Park:  S. Marshall Ave, Marshall

     June 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, 2015   10:00am - 11:00am

John Wilson Park(Athens Farmers Market): N. Capital Ave, Athens

    June 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th, 2015   2:00pm - 4:00pm         


Calhoun Three Year Old Scholarship Program

The Three Year Old Scholarship application process just got easier!! Based on feedback from parents in our community, the Scholarship Committe has streamlined the process! Families need only to complete the BIRTH TO FIVE SERVICES APPLICATION to apply for scholarships for three year olds!     Be sure to click on the box next to 3-Yr-Old Scholarship on page one of the application.

Fall 2015 Three Year Old Scholarships will be be awarded in August, 2015. Deadline for applications for Fall awards is July 17, 2015. Families receiving scholarships will be notified by phone or fist class mail the first week of August by phone. Families who are not awarded scholarships for the Fall will receive a letter via USPS mail with information about other programs for families in Calhoun County and will be put on the waiting list. Additional scholarships will be awarded in the Spring of 2016 if funding becomes available.

Scholarship applications will continue to be accepted throughout the year! Click on the BIRTH TO FIVE SERVICES APPLICATION link HERE and click the 3-Yr-Old Scholarship box on page 1 of the application.



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: 6/12/15