Now Announcing: Request for Proposals for Strong Beginnings Three-Year-Old Preschool Pilot Program

Michigan is offering a Strong Beginnings pilot preschool program for three-year-old children with factors that may place them at risk for low educational attainment. This program is based on research that shows similar children, who attend a high-quality preschool for the two years prior to kindergarten, have significant positive developmental outcomes when compared to their peers who attended a high-quality program for only one year. This pilot is offered by the Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency, Office of Innovative Projects (CCRESA-OIP), under the direction of the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start (MDE-OGS).

CCRESA, under the guidance of MDE, is pleased to announce an RFP for ISDs who would like to pilot Strong Beginnings, a publicly funded preschool for three-year-old children with factors that place them at risk. The pilot will begin in January, 2021.

We are now accepting applications. Full RFP responses (including Google Application Form, PDF Letters of Support and PDF Signature Page) must be received by CCRESA no later than 4:00 PM on October 20, 2020. PDF attachments should be emailed in a single PDF document to

Intent to Apply email due September 25, 2020 to Kari Holmberg at


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Posted: September 15, 2020