Options presented to parents at preschool fair
Several programs had booths there highlighting services and programs in Roscommon County. Next door in the middle school cafeteria, parents and their children could also watch a puppet show by the Peanut Butter Jams group. They also played games and ate pizza.
The Great Start Readiness Program, offered at Collins, is taught by certified teacher Kristen Hamp. The program is intended for children who are four years old by Dec. 1, 2012.
Two groups of 16 are available and there is no waiting list yet. Applications may be obtained at the school office. Call 366-2048 for information.
Hamp noted that kindergarten roundup at Collins was scheduled for March 21at6pm.(namesstartingwithA throughL)and7pm.(namesstarting with M through Z).
Head Start (both Houghton Lake and Roscommon) were represented at the fair.
Appointments are now being scheduled for the 2012-13 school year for children who will be three or four on or before Dec. 1, 2012. Classes will be determined by June 1.
The Houghton Lake facility is located at 1015 Short Dr., Prudenville, and the Roscommon facility is located at 503 Lake St., Roscommon. Call (231) 775- 9781 or 1-800-443-2297.
Early Head Start
Early Head Start offers weekly home visits for children up to age three. Call 366-8469 for information.
Houghton Lake United Methodist Church showcased its new preschool for three- and four-year-olds. Sessions will begin Sept. 6 starting with morning classes; afternoon classes will be added as necessary.
The church is located at 7059 West Houghton Lake Dr. (M-55). Call 422- 5622 for information.
Kirtland Community College’s Great Start program, housed at the Warbler’s Nest/Children’s Learning Center on the Roscommon campus, offered information at the fair.
Directed by Amber Kuhn, the fullday program is open to all parents, not just those attending KCC. Classes are taught by Kim Penix.
Great Start will host an open house at the Warbler’s Nest May 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. Call 275-5000, ext. 504, for information.
The Warbler’s Nest itself (Kirtland Early Childhood Learning Center) operates a program for children ages six weeks to 12 years. It was established to enhance developmental growth of all children and provide parents with quality child care. The program is directed by Lori White. Call 275-5000, ext. 232 for information.
Our Lady of the Lake
Our Lady of the Lake Preschool and Child Care Center was on hand as well. Children in the program must be three or four by Dec. 2, 2012.
A registration night for the upcoming school year will be held April 26 at 6 p m. at the center, 1039 West Houghton Lake Dr. (M-55). Call 366-0713 for information.
Great Parents, Great Start
The Great Parents, Great Start program, a home visit-based program, offered information at the fair.
There are no income requirements to participate in the program, which is offered for children up to age five in Roscommon County and Crawford County. Call Play Group Facilitator/ Home Visitor Jill Stanley at (989) 348- 2201 or (989) 348-7639 for information.
HLCS Early Childhood Special Education
For developmentally delayed children, the Early Childhood Special Education program is offered on the campus of Houghton Lake Community Schools. Led by Amy Gardner, the program is intended for children up to age six who are identified as having a 50% development delay in one or more of the following: Speech and language, cognition, motor skills and social and emotional development. Call 366-2048 for information.
Early On Michigan
The Early On program helps families get the help they need for their children. A coordinator can help parents find out if their child qualifies for free or low-cost services. Call 1-800-327-5966 or visit www.1800EarlyOn.org.
Also at the fair were The Great Start Collaborative (promoting an early childhood conference April 21), the Crawford/ Roscommon Child Protection Council, the Roscommon Area District Library and the Houghton Lake Public Library.
The Walmart Vision Center also offered information and treats for children, such as pencils and stickers. Parent guides on children’s vision were also available.