Early Childhood Services offer a variety of resources to support pregnant women, and parents/guardians and their young children ages birth through 6 years. Services include prevention, intervention and education.
Early Head Start/Head Start Program Registration
Community Resource Centers
Community Resource Centers (CRC) are co-located at several TGC Head Start sites in the Downriver area. Our CRCs serve families through programming such as: adult-child interaction groups, literacy events, after-school program, computer lab, and a clothing closet. WIC offices are housed at several sites. We also offer parenting workshops at community locations throughout the Downriver area. Click here for more information and locations.
Early Childhood Prevention Services
Early Childhood Prevention Services help support families with very young children. Home visitors utilize Parents as Teachers, an evidence-based model, to screen and assess children (birth through 3 years), promote optimal social, emotional, physical and cognitive development, build parenting skills, and provide community resources. Adult-child interaction groups offer parents/guardians an opportunity to support their child’s development in the context of group activities, connect with other parents/guardians of young children, reduce isolation, and build community. Children gain experience in a group setting, learn to interact/play with others, and engage in fun activities with their parent/guardian. Literacy Events engage our community in supporting literacy in a fun, family friendly way. They support side by side learning, parent-child relationships, and increase parent involvement. Each event has a book theme with programs, characters, activities, snacks, story time, resources, a raffle, and free books for every child in attendance.
Head Start Preschool
Head Start is a free, quality preschool program for three and four-year-old children. This program helps children get ready for kindergarten by teaching them pre-reading and writing skills as well as how to get along with other children. Classrooms are run by highly trained and credentialed teachers and each day includes healthy meals and snacks. Families must meet income criteria in order to be eligible, although all families are encouraged to apply. Click here for more information.
Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Services
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Services offer home-based therapeutic services and support for pregnant women and families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers through age 6. Therapists provide relationship-focused parent-child therapy, developmental guidance, emotional support, advocacy, and linking and coordinating of community resources. For children experiencing difficulties in child care or school, we offer classroom support and consultation. Our goal is to support the parent-child relationship and promote the child’s optimal development at home, school and in the community. Click here for more information.
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Wayne County Child Abuse and Neglect Protocol
Please click link for updated Wayne County Case Management Protocol for Child Abuse and Neglect. This Protocol was first developed in 1991 due a recognized need that child victims of abuse and neglect required a different intervention approach than adults and a need for greater coordination of services from involved agencies. It serves as a road map for all of the disciplines that are involved in allegations of child abuse and neglect in Wayne County and provides a helpful reference of roles and responsibilities.
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