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      Early childhood programs screening for fall

      It soon will be time to get a head start on enrolling your child for the school year beginning next fall.

      Applications for the free early childhood program serving Menominee, Delta and Schoolcraft counties gets underway next week. Programs and services are free, if you qualify. Selection is based on household income, homelessness, foster care and children with special needs. Other family circumstances, such as a parent losing a job or having a large family to provide for, are also considered.

      "We offer comprehensive kindergarten readiness services, which are language, pre-reading, math, science, social skills, special education services," said Family Partnership Manager, Kim Brazeau.

      The publicly funded, free early childhood programs serve expectant mothers and children from birth through four years old. Parents may choose to receive support or information in parenting, job skills and access to medical and dental care.