Monday, March 26, 2018

Does Your Child Need Eyeglasses?

Routine eye exams are extremely important for detecting vision problems in young children.  As children reach school-age, they will begin to face increasing demands on visual abilities.  The size of print in books will become smaller and the amount of time spent reading will increase significantly.  Vision changes can occur in children without your child even noticing them.  This is why yearly exams are so important.  The earlier a vision problem is detected and treated, the better. 

Did your child just have his yearly well-child visit and you found out it's time for eyeglasses?  Did you recently find out that your child failed his school eye exam?  Are you worried about the cost involved?  If you have Healthy Kids, MIChild, or traditional Medicaid - you can get your child the eye exam and glasses they need.  If your child accidentally breaks or loses their glasses, a replacement pair is also covered once per year. 

For information of Vision Providers that accept Medicaid, or for more general information of vision coverage, please call your individual plan (look on the back of your card for the phone number), visit here, or call MDHHS at 517-780-7400 to speak to your case worker. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

32p Early Childhood Program Grant Applications Now Being Accepted!

The Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 grant funding year.  Do you have a program that serves children in Jackson County and aligns with the four early childhood outcomes of the Great Start Collaborative?  If so, your program may qualify!  Completing the Letter of Intent is the first step in the application process, with a submission deadline of Friday, June 8th at 12:00 P.M.  Upon submission of the Letter of Intent you will receive an email requesting a general budget of how the Great Start Collaborative funding will support your program.  Complete applications (Letter of Intent and program budget) will be accepted through Friday, June 22nd at 12:00 P.M.

The four Early Childhood Outcomes of the Great Start Collaborative:

  1. Children are born healthy.
  2. Children are healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade.
  3. Children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at time of school entry.
  4. Children are prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade. 
Children with the greatest need of not achieving these outcomes must be served first, and programs serving these children are given highest priority.  Programs must also serve children or parents of children ages 0-8 , but cannot solely target 4 year olds.  In addition, programs must collect demographic information on each child served/impacted by the program.

Please visit our website to find out more information and to start the application process by completing the Letter of Intent.  Best of luck to those who apply!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Friday, March 16th Great Start Families Community Fair!

Join Great Start Families for a Community Fair this Friday, March 16th from 2:30pm - 6:30pm at Baker College on Springport Road in Jackson.

The focus of this fair is Summer fun for kids, family literacy and smooth transitions to preschool and kindergarten.

Preregister for the event and be entered to win Meijer gift cards!!  See you there!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

What do I need to bring to the preschool fair?

The Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs are having a preschool fair Friday, March 16th from 2:30-6:30 P.M. at Baker College 2800 Springport Road. If you have already applied using the online interest form, you can complete step 2 of the enrollment process at the preschool fair.

If you are ready to complete step 2 please bring the following:

  • Your child's birth certificate (affidavit of parentage or other hospital documentation with child's name and date of birth can be substituted for the birth certificate.)
  • Your family income information for 12 months. The easiest method is your most recent 1040 tax form. Other income documentation can be used such as w-2s, unemployment, child support, and pay stubs for the last 12 months.

If you are unable to attend the preschool fair there will be additional opportunities to complete income verification throughout the spring and summer. If you have any questions, please leave a message on the preschool hotline 517-768-5130.