Early Childhood

Early Childhood Development is Crucial!

85% of a child's brain is developed by age 5. Children learn more from birth to 5 years than at any other point in their lives. Early Childhood Programs provide the experiences your child needs for success in school and in life. Children grow and develop motor skills, creativity, literacy, math, social skills, and much more through play and exploration. 

Find the Right Program for Your Child

You only need to register ONCE to have access to multiple Early Childhood Programs in COOR Counties.  

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COOR Preschool Partnership

Early Childhood educators in the COOR counties have joined together to help you decide where and when to enroll your child in preschool.  The Preschool HOTLINE and WEBSITE will answer preschool questions and connect you with the intake form to register for the program that’s right for your child.  We will use the information on the intake form (which will remain completely confidential) to let you know what programs your child is eligible for.  We can also directly connect you to the one program that meets your needs.

Early Childhood Hotline 989-275-9514

Crawford, Ogemaw, Oscoda, and Roscommon counties

Crawford County

  • Crawford AuSable Day Care & Preschool
  • Frederic Head Start / GSRP
  • Grayling Cooperative Preschool GSRP
  • Grayling Head Start

Oscoda County

  • Fairview Eagle's Nest Preschool
  • Mio Head Start / GSRP
  • Mio Head Start

Ogemaw County

  • Rose City Head Start
  • West Branch Head Start
  • WBRC Schools- Rose City & Surline GSRP

Roscommon County

  • Charlton Heston Academy GSRP
  • Houghton Lake Cooperative GSRP Preschool
  • Houghton Lake Head Start
  • RAPS GSRP (Roscommon)
  • Roscommon Head Start / GSRP

Head Start

This is a federally funded program for three and four-year-olds and their families who meet income eligibility requirements.  Head Start's services focus on education, nutrition, medical/dental care, and social services.

Great Start Readiness Program

GSRP is Michigan's state-funded preschool program for four year old children who meet certain financial and/or other eligibility criteria.

Great Start Scholarship Program

The Great Start Scholarship Fund helps support tuition for three and four-year-olds seeking preschool opportunities through a variety of programs.  These programs are available at your local school district, area churches, private providers, and more.

COOR Preschool Partnership website 

The Preschool website and hotline is coordinated by COOR ISD in partnership with:

  • Great Start Collaborative
  • Great Start to Quality
  • Great Start Readiness Programs
  • NEMCSA Head Start
  • NMCAA Head Start

Ages & StagesDevelopmental Screener

Parents can now access the Ages and Stages Developmental Screener for their infant or toddler - free to families in the C.O.O.R. ISD area!

Prenatal to Age 3 Program Contacts


Nurse, social work, and dietitian support.  Health assessment and assistance during pregnancy and baby’s first year.  Medicaid Benefit

Crawford County: 989-348-7800 (DHD #10)
Ogemaw County: 989-345-5020 (DHD #2)
Oscoda County: 989-826-3970 (DHD #2)
Roscommon County:  366-9166 (CMDHD)

Evaluation and treatment for intellectual-development disabilities and behavioral health. NLCMH: Northern Lakes Community Mental Health.  AVCMH: AuSable Valley Community Mental Health.

Crawford County: 989-348-8522 (NLCMH)
Ogemaw County: 844-225-8131 (AVCMH)
Oscoda County: 844-225-8131 (AVCMH)
Roscommon County:  366-8550 (NLCMH)

Free activities and stories.  Contact the local library for age requirements.

Crawford County: 989-348-9214
Ogemaw County: 989-345-2235
Oscoda County: 989-826-3613
Roscommon County: 989-281-1305 (Roscommon Area),  366-9230 (Hougthon Lake), or 389-7630 (Richfield Twp)

Supporting pregnant women and families with children up to age four.  Utilizes strength based support and guidance to promote family bonding and resiliency. DHD: District Health Department.

Crawford County: 989-348-7800 (DHD #10)
Ogemaw County: 989-345-5020 (DHD #2)
Oscoda County: 989-826-3970 (DHD #2)
Roscommon County:  366-9166 (CMDHD)

Home based, comprehensive child development program for prenatal through age 3.  Focuses on parents as child’s first teacher. Playgroups and parent workshops are also offered. NEMCSA: Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency. NMCAA: Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency.

Crawford County: 989-348-9508 (NEMCSA)
Ogemaw County: 989-896-0018 (NEMCSA)
Oscoda County: 989-848-0997 (NEMCSA)
Roscommon County:  989-366-9272 (NMCAA)

Coordinated, family-orientated services for birth to age 3 who have a delay in development or chronic medical concerns.

Contact Michele Cochrane: 989-275-9537

For families in Crawford, OscodaOgemaw, and Roscommon Counties.


Infant and/or toddler supplies and/or parent groups

Crawford County: 989-343-2985 or 989-348-2974
Ogemaw County: 989-345-3909
Oscoda County: 989-826-5817
Roscommon County: 989-275-5577 or 989-366-9113




Supervisor & Early Childhood Specialist

Katie Keith
Early Childhood Supervisor  

Early Childhood Specialist

Rebekah Seelow

Early On

Michele Cochrane
Early On & Child Find Coordinator
Early On Site.

Great Start Collaborative

Chris Tappan
Great Start Collaborative Coordinator
visit the COOR/Iosco Collaborative page.

Northeast Great Start to Quality Resource Center

Helen Shastal
Great Start to Quality Director
visit Great Start to Quality

Chris Tappan
Great Start to Quality Director
visit Great Start to Quality

Community Resources

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