Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library brings books to children’s homes. From birth until they turn five years old, children enrolled in the program who live in Berrien or Cass County will receive a new, age-appropriate book mailed to their home each month. By the time they enter kindergarten, children will have their own library of books and be more prepared to enter school and become readers.
A Prenatal and Early Childhood program for at risk low income first-time mothers less than 28 weeks pregnant and their child through the age of two years. Registered nurses make home visits that are appropriate to the developmental stages of pregnancy and early childhood. Program goals are to improve pregnancy outcomes, support child health and development, and foster economic self-sufficiency.
A program of the Berrien RESA
The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is a free service that is offered to families in Berrien County who are pregnant or have a child under the age of three. The goal of the program is to provide parents with the information and support they need to be their children’s first and most important teachers. We offer Read, Play & Learn Playgroups, fun family events, and individualized child development and parenting support through Personal Home Visits.
Tri-County Head Start is a federally-funded early childhood program with over 40 years of service to low-income three and four year olds and their families. Early childhood centers and home based caseloads serve the Michigan counties of Berrien, Cass and Van Buren.
Head Start helps all children succeed by teaching skills necessary for kindergarten. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. Family eligibility is determined by federal income guidelines and is free to those who qualify.