Head Start

Head start and the great start readiness program

Head Start

Head Start is a federally-funded preschool program.  Its success is based on compassionate partnerships between Head Start program staff and parents. In Michigan, local Head Start programs work with families to remove barriers to success and to deepen parents’ ability to support their children.

Visit the Michigan Head Start Association website.

Great Start Readiness Program

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is a state-funded preschool program with aims that are similar to those of Head Start.  While fewer children qualify for Head Start than GSRP, Great Start Readiness Program also serves families whose circumstances indicate a need for free early childhood education.

Visit the Michigan Department of Education website about GSRP.

Complete an interest form today to find out if your child is eligible for high quality preschool programming at not cost to you!

Application Signature Form - Required Document.

good start

The Good Start Program is based upon a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) and is committed to helping early childhood educators (supporting children ages 0-6) develop their own expertise.  The new program will accomplish this through an innovative system of support including:

  • Free trainings customized for each center provide a foundation of knowledge and expertise focused on social and emotional development and addressing challenging behaviors that will enable early childhood educators to support all learners in their classrooms.
  • In addition, a Good Start Consultant provides ongoing coaching to help early childhood educators analyze data and problem solve next steps, if they need more support.
  • The Good Start Program works with early childhood staff and directors to ensure all young children have access to receive early intervention support and eligible services. The Good Start Consultant works with teachers and directors to support families to initiate the process for a special education evaluation through their local school district.  The Good Start Program will continue to provide consultation to early childhood programs as they successfully include children with significant support needs.

Through the use of a multi-tiered coaching system, educators will become knowledgeable and empowered to implement the necessary supports to better meet the needs of all of their students.  

To make a request for additional support, early childhood educators should contact Johanna Mabry at (734) 994-8100 ext. 3087.



Build Up Michigan

Do you have a 3, 4, or 5-year-old who is struggling to learn?

Special education services may be available for your 3, 4, or 5-year-old through your local school district.  There are a range of conditions that could potentially impact a child's learning ability including, speech/language impairment, cognitive impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, emotional impairment, traumatic brain injury, hearing or visual impairment, Early Childhood Developmental Delay or a specific learning disability.  Intervening early can in many cases resolve, or at least limit, a child's roadblock to learning.

If you would like to request an evaluation for your preschooler, please complete a request form.

If you are concerned about your 3, 4, or 5-year olds development and would like to request a Special Education Evaluation, contact the Build Up Michigan Coordinator, Alicia Kruk at (734) 994-8100 ext. 1272. 

Link to Build Up MI external website

ADA & Accessibility

Our School Strives To Ensure Our Website Is Accessible To All Our Visitors 

Washtenaw ISD is committed to providing a website that is fully accessible and we are currently in the process of developing a new website to better meet the needs of our customers. Our new website will include improvements to ADA compliance and accessibility, and during this transition, we remain committed to maintaining our existing website's accessibility and usability. 

ADA Compliance

Non Discrimination

It is the policy and commitment of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, familial status, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any legally protected characteristic, in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment policies in accordance with Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments, executive order 11246 as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all other pertinent state and Federal regulations.

Non Discrimination Information

ADA and Title IX Coordinator ADA and Title IX Coordinator
Brian Marcel
Associate Superintendent
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1402
Cassandra Harmon-Higgins
Executive Director, HR & Legal Services
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1311