CAAM provides several early childhood programs in Alger and Marquette counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The programs include: Head Start and Early Head Start, both funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We also provide the Great Start Readiness Program that is funded by the Michigan Department of Education. CAAM has several classrooms located throughout both counties.

Marquette County:

  • Ishpeming: Greenwood Head Start Center, Phelps Early Childhood Center and Aspen Ridge School
  • Marquette: Brookton Early Childhood Education Center and the Jacobetti Skills Center
  • Harvey: Silver Creek Church
  • Gwinn: Gwinn Area Early Childhood Education Center located on Sawyer

Alger County:

  • Munising Head Start: Located in the Alger Parks and Rec building
  • Superior Central Schools

Early Head Start

Early Head Start is a program for children and families from birth to three years and includes:

  • Home based services (staff comes to the home)
  • Activities for you and your infant or toddler
  • Ideas on parenting
  • Support for Heath and Nutrition Education
  • Support during pregnancy
  • Information regarding community access to adult education, computer training and job readiness
  • Referral Services

Early Head Start provides these services at no charge to eligible families enrolled in our program:

  • Safe and nurturing environments
  • Caring staff
  • Access to health care

Other Services Provided By Early Head Start Include:

  • Regular Home visits
  • Parent Education
  • Support Groups
  • Family Fun Days
  • Child Development Education
  • Linkage to Community Services and Resources
  • Transition into Appropriate Pre-School Programs

Priority for enrollment may include the following:

  • Teen parents
  • First-time parents
  • Pregnancy
  • Families on public assistance
  • Homeless Families
  • Low income
  • Low school achievement
  • Children with diagnosed disabilities
  • Single parents
  • At-risk families affected by:
    • Substance Abuse
    • Violence
    • Delinquency, incarceration
    • Health conditions
    • Lack of prenatal care

Infants and toddlers need: Nurturing, Support, Security, Predictability, Focus, Encouragement, Expansion, and so do their families!

Great Start Readiness Program

CAAM Early Childhood Education Component also provides a preschool program funded through the Michigan Department of Education called the Great Start Readiness Program. The State of Michigan provides funding for this high-quality preschool program to serve four year old children who may be at risk of becoming educationally disadvantaged or who may have special needs. We serve GSRP children in Marquette, Ishpeming and Alger County.

There are different risk factors that are looked at when determining eligibility for children in the Great Start Readiness Program.

Some of these risk factors include:

  • Household Income
  • Special needs
  • Special family circumstances

Child must be at least 4 years old by September 1 of the year they apply.

Services that are provided are:

  • Parent Involvement
  • Adult-Child Interaction
  • Active Learning
  • Comprehensive Developmental Screenings
  • Nutritional Snacks
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Kindergarten readiness and transition activities

Head Start

CAAM has provided the Head Start Program to young children and families since 1965. Head Start began as a summer program for young children, then became a preschool for children that are 3 & 4 years old. Annually, CAAM serves 284 children in the two county area. We have 8 Head Start Centers in Marquette and Alger Counties. CAAM Head Start believes in providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum for three and four year old children that includes child-initiated activities enhanced through social-emotional development. CAAM strives to enhance the school-readiness for all Head Start children based on the High Scope curriculum through early literacy, music and movement, as well as science and math activities. Other critical components of the program are family involvement, parent education, proper nutritional experiences and health services. This program also supports parents in their efforts to nurture and assist in their child’s development. Parents are encouraged to participate as policy makers and volunteers. Family strengths are identified and parents receive guidance to help deal with possible concerns. Children receive consistent, loving care in an exciting learning environment.

Services that are provided are:

  • Parent Involvement
  • Adult-Child Interaction
  • Active Learning
  • Comprehensive Developmental Screenings
  • Transportation
  • Nutrition
  • Nutritionally balanced meals and snacks
  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum and experiences

Call about the Free Preschool Developmental Screening! (906)228-6522 or 1-800-562-9762.