Gccard Head Start

Gccard Head Start This page is about our preschool program in Genesee County, Michigan. We serve pregnant moms and children aged 0-5. FREE, high quality program!
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Our program provides comprehensive preschool services to children aged 0-5 in Genesee County. We are a provider of Head Start and GSRP classrooms and homebase services to 3 and 4 year olds in the following school districts: Atherton, Bendle, Bentley, Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flushing, Genesee, Grand Blanc, Kearsley, Lake Fenton, Otisville, Linden, Montrose, Mt. Morris, Swartz Creek, and Westwood Heights. We provide center based Early Head Start full day classrooms for 0-3 year old children in the Atherton, Bentley, Clio, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Genesee, Grand Blanc, Kearsley, Linden, Montrose, Mt. Morris, Swartz Creek, and Westwood Heights school districts. We also provide homebase services to the 0-3 year old children in all school districts through Genesee county except Carman Ainsworth and Bendle. Beecher Early Head Start is also a delegate program of ours - please contact Nerita at Beecher schools to enroll there. These programs are provided through a grant awarded by the Federal Government as well as a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education and the Maternal/Infant Home Visiting Program.

Mission: Head Start is a program that advocates, supports and provides comprehensive quality services for children and families through community and family partnerships.

06/15/2020
Genesee County Community Action Resource Department

FYI!!

IN NEED OF UTILITY, RENT/MORTGAGE, OR BURIAL ASSISTANCE RELATED TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS?

GCCARD currently has funds available via the Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) for utilities, rent/mortgage, and burial assistance for COVID related emergencies. SER decision notice is not needed. The hotline number is (810-768-4675) The hotline hours of operation are Monday – Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Please let me know if you are in need of further details. Thank you!

06/15/2020

Attention Residents of Genesee County: Our office is starting to operate again. Our phones are operational 8-4, Monday-Friday. We are limiting exposure for our staff by asking them to work from home every other day, with a rotating schedule. So if you call, you may be directed to leave a voice mail for our staff, who will return your call hopefully the following business day.
Our office is open to the public by appointment only and only as absolutely necessary. Please take pictures and email documentation to our staff or mail/fax information to our office when possible. To limit exposure, 15 minutes appointments will be available to those who call ahead for an appointment. Parents/guardians are asked to limit, when possible, to just one parent entering our building. We will ask you to remain outside or in your car until the time of the appointment. You will then ring our buzzer (located on the Southeast corner of our building, facing Saginaw Street) and tell the front desk that you are here for your appointment and include the name of the staff person you are here to see. The front desk will call the staff person down to assist you. You will be required to wear a mask in our building and will be screened for COVID symptoms including having your temperature taken. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to our office for an appointment until your symptoms have improved, you are 3 days without a fever and fever-reducing medications, and it has been 10 days since your symptoms first appeared. We thank you in advance for helping to keep our staff and other families safe during this pandemic.

06/09/2020

To GCCARD Head Start Families and Staff,
Recently, the media has described the murder of George Floyd, an African American man in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It seems that George Floyd was the victim of police brutality and highlights the ever present racial discrimination that is widely experienced in our Nation. In times like this, we mourn along with Mr. Floyd’s family and the rest of the community and we take time to listen to our community, staff, and families to hear ways that we might improve ourselves personally and professionally. We pledge to continue our efforts to fight discrimination wherever we see it and help to raise a culture of acceptance for people regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, political affiliation, beliefs, or sexual orientation and will always take affirmative action to ensure that applicants to our program and employees are treated equally. This stand is not new to us – we have never tolerated discrimination of any kind. Head Start was founded with a mission to empower marginalized Americans by partnering with families to prepare their children for success in school and life. Today we stand with the millions across our nation who say that racism and prejudice must never be tolerated in any form.

FYI families!  This is exciting news from Little Lambs Closet!
06/08/2020

FYI families! This is exciting news from Little Lambs Closet!

Appointments for Parking Lot Pick Up are available! Go to https://LLCMCapts.as.me/ParkingLotPickUp fill out the form for your needs, choose a date and time and we will meet you in the lot at your apt time with your items! Times are Weds 11-2pm, 6-8p and Thursdays 11-2pm. Openings for this week are still available.

06/04/2020

It’s almost zoom concert time! See you there at 10! If you don’t have the zoom Id, reach out to your child’s teacher in our program!

Another great resource for families!
05/27/2020

Another great resource for families!

05/25/2020

Thanks to all who have a close family member who passed while defending our country. We remember their sacrifice today and every day. ❤️

We now have the capability to apply through our online portal without printing and sending our application!  Please shar...
05/14/2020
Application for GCCARD Head Start

We now have the capability to apply through our online portal without printing and sending our application! Please share widely, we want to serve eligible children and families and our recruitment has been extremely hindered due to the stay home orders. Thanks in advance for helping us get the word out...we can’t wait to be able to open up again! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfwkGfqK048jUc4ighUlmeeUav_L1nBit1KUj0GbpPvyVUfcw/viewform

Thank you for your interest in our free program. Please fill out this survey - it will serve as your application for our program. You must also submit the following -Documentation of your family's income (2019 1040 or W2s, most recent pay stubs, SSI letter, DHHS letter for cash assistance, etc) -You...

Check this out...you’ll love it!
05/13/2020

Check this out...you’ll love it!

Help us spread the word about Music in the “Classroom” tomorrow night! Tag a parent, teacher, librarian, nanny, daycare worker, musician, or therapist to join. It’s FREE and we are making certificates of completion available.

05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day!

These are some excellent free resource options offered by our partner for families!  Feel free to sign up with them!
05/05/2020

These are some excellent free resource options offered by our partner for families! Feel free to sign up with them!

05/04/2020
Early Childhood TLC

Here’s another fun and active song your kids will love. They will especially love it if YOU do 3 with them! Enjoy!

"Do 3 with Me" is a fun game turned into a song. To play, you must first perform 3 separate movements. Then, you figure out how to perform all three movements at the same time. This funk version of "Do 3 with Me" provides 3 fun ways to play the game. Figure out how many different ways you can perform each one. The end of the song also challenges everyone to create "Do 3 with Me" challenges of their own. EC TLC also has a rendition titled, "Hip Hop 3 with Me." "Country 3 with Me" will be a song on the next album.

Flint Public Library
04/27/2020

Flint Public Library

Dear families, we are so sad to share this news with you.  We were hoping things might be better and we might be able to...
04/23/2020
Crossroads Village will close this summer for first time since 1976

Dear families, we are so sad to share this news with you. We were hoping things might be better and we might be able to go. While we respect their decision, for the health of our entire community, we admit to being heartbroken about it.

Crossroads Village will close for the summer season for the first time since it opened more than 40 years ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is fun, give it a try while it is free!
04/22/2020

This is fun, give it a try while it is free!

04/14/2020
Early Childhood TLC

Fun new music video from Early Childhood TLC! The Pointing Game-fun!!! Enjoy!

EC TLC has combined a classic rhyme with a bomb beat that mocks a chart topping song from the early 2000's. This might be the hottest early childhood song ever!! Both children and adults love getting down to "The Pointing Game!!"

04/07/2020
Learning through movement

Learning through movement

Hier wordt van alles geactiveerd; geheugen, coördinatie, middenlijn cross, spiegelen, creatief denken, richting, plezier, verwarring en vooral worden verbindingen gelegd in de hersenen. Makkelijk te maken en succes verzekerd. Geschikt voor alle leeftijden.

Some of Ms. Becky's sweet kiddos playing with sock puppets!  So much fun!
03/30/2020

Some of Ms. Becky's sweet kiddos playing with sock puppets! So much fun!

This cutie was excited for his home visitor Laura to “come” today.  (Not the traditional way she comes over, but providi...
03/26/2020

This cutie was excited for his home visitor Laura to “come” today. (Not the traditional way she comes over, but providing services and seeing each other none the less!). Special thanks to his mama for allowing us to share his cute face with you all today!

Here is an easy to understand one page version of what the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order means for us in Michigan availab...
03/24/2020

Here is an easy to understand one page version of what the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order means for us in Michigan available both English and Spanish.

We miss all of our families and hope everyone staying healthy and safe!

03/23/2020

Due to the Governor’s stay at home order, school closures have been extended through April 13 as of today. Please continue to watch this site for updates and stay healthy!

One of our teachers (Michele), shared the idea with a family to do an abc scavenger hunt at home with the kids today!  L...
03/19/2020

One of our teachers (Michele), shared the idea with a family to do an abc scavenger hunt at home with the kids today! Look how cute this is...today I am grateful for staff who are giving great ideas and support to our families and grateful for families who do the activities and share not just with us, but with the world!

03/16/2020

Our downtown office is closing today at 5 pm and will remain closed until further notice. You can still send messages via Facebook to us or through our website or via the United States Postal Service.

Attention Enrolled Families, your teaching staff will be contacting you every weekday to provide some suggestions for wh...
03/16/2020
How to Apply

Attention Enrolled Families, your teaching staff will be contacting you every weekday to provide some suggestions for what you can do to keep your child engaged and learning from home and resources as well. Thank you for your patience as we try to still work while under the current restrictions.
Attention those would WANT To be enrolled families: We are still accepting applications to enroll new children and families. Currently, we ask you to send those applications from our website by email to [email protected]. You can also send them by USPS to 601 N. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48502. Here's a link to our website and our application! http://www.gccardheadstart.com/index.php/how-to-apply.html

Thanks for your cooperation!

GCCARD Head Start

03/13/2020

In addition to the previous post, all classes, field trips, parent teacher conferences, and home visits scheduled for today are cancelled.

03/13/2020

The Governor of Michigan has closed schools for three weeks starting on Monday, however some schools are apparently closed tomorrow as well.

PARENTS: yes, that includes us. Watch for more posts here tomorrow with updated information. Thanks for your patience. We highly encourage your family to self-quarantine and stay safe if at all possible during these three weeks. We will offer some boredom busters on Facebook that you can do with your child throughout this experience to help your family navigate this.

STAFF: you need to come in today (Friday) so you can get fridges cleaned out and classrooms cleaned and prepped to leave if there is a way to get into your classroom Friday morning. If you absolutely can’t get into your building because it is closed and the building personnel will not let you in, then come downtown to do your time card and for a meeting (to be announced given availability of space, watch this and your phone). You will not want to miss the meeting. It may be that we will email out the information or have the meeting in smaller groups, that will be determined early tomorrow and we will be in touch.

03/04/2020
Handwashing for Young Children

Hey everyone! This seems like a good time to share a kid-friendly video about handwashing and sneezing into your elbow. Show this one to your kids and have a good conversation about the importance of good hygiene! https://youtu.be/TCBoDZrTncg

This video makes hand hygiene fun for young children. Sara tells the story about Germy the Germ and how to wash him away so you dont get sick. The video incl...

02/26/2020

Once again, be sure to check the school closings. I see most if not all of our locations are closed this morning.

A few of the photos we took of the royal ball...more to come!!  Thanks to our community partners, amazing staff, and of ...
02/21/2020

A few of the photos we took of the royal ball...more to come!! Thanks to our community partners, amazing staff, and of course the families of the roughly 200 children who made this event possible...you made my day!!

02/20/2020

Reminder: tomorrow is our Royal Ball! Can’t wait to see all our enrolled kids and families in their denim or diamonds! Located at the West Flint Church of the Nazarene on Dye Road!!

Address

601 North Saginaw Street, Suite 1B
Flint, MI
48502

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(810) 235-5613

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When is Orientation for Swartz Creek Area Preschool? When does preschool officially start?
Representin’ GCCARD Head Start ...got some goodies for the kids...apps...literature about our program for children birth-5 yrs old and including pregnant moms....Come on out and see us!!!! There are Activities for all walks of life- children to seniors...giveaways for Kids including free backpacks,bikes,haircuts...games and much more!!!
Las cuidadoras o maestras
Was visiting my family again in New Madrid, MO; thought about my HdSt fam! 😘🤷🏽‍♀️🇺🇸
Is it possible for the headstart home-based to get a field trip to Flint Children's Museum?
Keep up the good work!
Just wanted to remind all of the headstart teachers they are appreciated!
Ciniyah marshall