Second Step Early Learning in Northeast Michigan

This press release comes to us from our friends at the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMCSA), who are about to do an amazing Second Step early learning implementation, thanks to a generous grant they just received. They sent us the story and photo below to tell us a bit more about it. Congratulations, NEMCSA!

NEMCSA Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP) in Tuscola County recently received a $2,500 grant from the Janks Fund through the Tuscola County Community Foundation (TCCF) to purchase eight Second Step Early Learning kits.  Second Step is a research-based, social-emotional skills curriculum for preschoolers produced by the Committee for Children.  In addition to the kit contents, online resources for teachers and families are available.

Young children who can listen, pay attention, remember directions, and control their behavior will benefit more from preschool and be better prepared for kindergarten.  The new Second Step early learning program teaches self-regulation and executive-function skills that help children learn and skills to manage their feelings, make friends, and solve problems.  Short daily activities include brain builder games, songs, and puppets.

On March 1 the kits were distributed to Head Start staff from Caro 1, Caro 2, Cass City, Kingston, Mayville, Millington 1, Millington 2, and USA programs.  Twenty staff met at the Tuscola Technology Center to receive the kits and participate in a live, interactive webinar training provided by Committee for Children as part of the package.  In attendance were teachers, teaching assistants, area managers, the mental health specialist, classroom coach, and health services manager.

NEMCSA wishes to thank the Janks Fund and TCCF for providing the funding to obtain these valuable materials, training, and resources that will benefit this year's students and families as well as those enrolling in future years. 

NEMCSA is currently taking applications for 3-5 year olds for next fall's preschool programs.  Head Start is federally funded and GSRP is state funded.  Both programs are free for children who meet eligibility requirements.   To enroll in Caro, contact Laurie Dantzer at 800-830-2216.  Mayville families can contact Brenda Danielson at 866-851-1675.  Millington families can contact Laurie or Brenda.  Kingston families can contact Carol Towne at 855-535-7290. Cass City and USA families can contact Stephanie Geiger at 866-851-1672.