Early Childhood Connections & Other Early Childhood Programs

Calhoun County Early Childhood Programs & Services


Early Childhood Connections -

Early Childhood Connections (ECC) provides Welcome Baby Baskets, home visits and playgroups for families with children ages birth through 5 in Battle Creek. While some services are based on family need, all families in our community are encouraged to attend playgroups and consult Early Childhood Connections with questions about eligibility and services available to families in our community.

ECC is funded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The United Way of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Region, Binda Foundation, and with additional special project funds for specialty playgroups from PNC Foundation.


Calhoun Great Start County Connections (formerly Great Parents, Great Start) -

Calhoun Great Start County Connections, much like ECC, provides Welcome Baby Baskets,  home visits and playgroups for families with children ages birth through 5 who live within CALHOUN COUNTY. With a focus on low-income families in the outlying areas of the county, family coaches use Parents as Teachers Curriculum to support families in connecting with needed services, learning about the important role families play as their child's first and most important teacher, and promoting school readiness for the children of Calhoun County. .Playgroups will begin again in September in Athens, Albion and Marshall. Watch the calendar of events for times and locations of these interactive playgroups for children and their parents or caregivers.


Great Start Readiness Program -

GSRP, is a state funded preschool program serving four-year-old children of families that qualify. Children must attain the age of four by October 1st and meet state determined income eligibility and/or risk factors. The program focuses on building skills to ready students for the transition to kindergarten. Great Start Readiness Program classrooms are in elementary schools as well as in partnering agencies.

Head Start -

Head Start provides a classroom environment for children who qualify. The program is available to children who are three years of age, and four years of age by November 1. The program also provides educational experiences to families, which help them raise successful children. 

Early Head Start -

Early Head Start provides full year/full day childcare for employed low-income families with children from birth to three years of age, and offers services to expectant mothers who qualify.

Early On -

Early On assists families with infants and toddlers, from birth until 36 months or 3 years of age, who have a delay in their development or a diagnosed disability.

Calhoun County 3 Year Old Scholarship Program -

The Calhoun County 3 Year Old Scholarship Program provides scholarships for 3 year old children to attend high-quality, licensed child care and preschool programs for one year. Eligibility is based on income and risk factors. The number of scholarships available is limited.

Licensed Child Care & Preschool Programs in Calhoun County-

Great Start Connect is a state-wide database of licensed child care programs. Using this database, parents can search for available child care and preschool programs by choosing a variety of criteria such as location, hours of operation, and ages served.







    Updated: 8/17/14