Early Learning Matters
Strong Beginnings is an early childhood education pilot program offered to three-year-old children who experience various barriers to learning in Cass County. Heritage Southwest ISD’s Department of Early Childhood Education was awarded the grant as only one of four intermediate school districts in the State of Michigan in November, 2020. The program is modeled on Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), with modifications made to ensure suitability for three-year-old children. Research on two-year preschool programs indicates that children who enter formal education in kindergarten with two years of preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children who attended for only one year.