Early Childhood Services

Helping Young Learners Grow

Berrien RESA, in addition to identifying and supporting children ages 0 to 3 who may have disabilities, the organization also provides early childhood education for all children. A number of programs are offered that involve the collaboration of community organizations, non-profit groups, state agencies and school districts.

  • Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Program: Offered to all Berrien County families of children prenatal to three years old and includes monthly home visits.
  • Parents as Teachers Playgroups: Monthly playgroup meetings are offered during the school year in dozens of different Berrien County locations. Parents as Teachers also offers a county-wide playgroup in December, known as Welcome Winter.
  • Read Around the County: Reading event offered in both north and south county in partnership with a number of non-profit groups.
  • Love and Logic Classes: A series of 5 classes offered twice a year in both north and south county that offers logic-based parenting tools and resources.
  • Great Start Readiness Preschool Program: Berrien RESA serves as the early childhood specialist for district Great Start Readiness Preschool programs, assisting with staff evaluation and grant compliance review.
  • Berrien Great Start Collaborative: In partnership with United Way of Southwest Michigan, Berrien RESA offers a collaborative service as part of a grant from the Early Childhood Investment Corporation. Berrien RESA houses the program and its staff.
  • Berrien Great Start Collaborative Parent Coalition: Under the direction of the Berrien Great Start Collaborative, the Parent Coalition brings together Berrien County parents to discuss issues impacting young families.
  • Book Distribution Program: Each year, approximately 13,000 books are distributed county-wide. The non-district programs receiving books include Nurse Family Partnership, Niles Pregnancy Care Center, Capstone Family Center, The Readiness Center, Salvation Army Preschool and Intercare's HIPPY and Reach Out and Read Programs.
  • Alternative Education Directors Meeting: Quarterly meetings bring district alternative education program directors together to share strategies, resources and staff training opportunities.
  • Tri-County Community Partners: Three county collaboration between Tri-County Head Start, ISD/RESA Early Childhood Education Departments and District Great Start Readiness Programs help assure that children at greatest risk receive Head Start placement and those with less risk receive Great Start Readiness Preschool placement. Joint training and networking opportunities area are also provided.
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