OLHSA, Baker College of Auburn Hills offer Head Start/GSRP program on campus

OLHSA, A Community Action Agency, and Baker College of Auburn Hills have opened a Head Start school-readiness preschool program on the Baker College campus, 1500 University Drive, Auburn Hills. It is funded by Head Start and Michigan’s Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP).

The comprehensive preschool program is for 3- and 4-year-olds and is available at no cost to qualified families. It offers half- and full-day options, Monday-Friday, and will operate through July this year. Going forward, the program will be offered September through June. Enrollment is ongoing.

“Baker College has been extremely welcoming,” said Kathy Chester, OLHSA intake coordinator-south end. “The location is a bonus for parents who are taking classes at the college.”

Head Start provides children with learning activities that focus on social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth.

To be eligible for this free preschool program, children must be 3 or 4 years of age and the household income must be within the Federal Poverty Guidelines, as documented with a current income tax return or other supporting documents. Ten percent of the slots are reserved for children with a diagnosed disability.

The full-day option is open to 4-year-olds, 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; the half-day option is open to 3- and 4-year-olds, 8:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 1:15-4:45 p.m.

For more information about the Head Start preschool program at Baker College of Auburn Hills, contact Kathy Chester at 248.470.8019 or kathyc@olhsa.org.

OLHSA is a Community Action Agency delivering services in Oakland and Livingston counties with the goal of improving the quality of life for people facing crisis while strengthening families, communities, seniors and youth since 1964. More than 187,000 services were provided in 2013 in the pursuit of helping people and changing lives. www.olhsa.org

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It serves more than 28,000 students on multiple campuses and online. Baker grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 150 programs across diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. An impressive 97 percent of available graduates are employed. Every Baker graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker is a pioneer in online education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook, www.facebook.com/bakercollege.