Great Parents Great Start



Great Parents Great Start

Great Parents, Great Start (GPGS) serves families with children newborn to age four. Its goal is to promote the overall health and cognitive development of young children by encouraging positive parenting skills, improving school readiness, and preventing the need for special or remedial education services in the future. Southwest Solutions’ GPGS program provides home visits by child development specialists to eligible families. Our specialists are bilingual, and serve Arabic, Hispanic and English-speaking families. We also offer many free parent/child playgroups that feature fun learning activities.


Our Great Parents, Great Start (GPGS) program operates in partnership with Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency (Wayne RESA).

To learn about the early learning resources available in your community through Great Start, please visit Great Start Connect. This site provides information about quality child, early learning programs, training opportunities, and other resources to support families and young children.

We offer home visits to families with factors in the home that place their children at risk for school failure. Families with a child newborn to age four are eligible for up to seven GPGS home visits if they qualify. Qualifying requirements include social, financial, educational, medical, psychological, English as a Second language, and family-size factors. To learn more about eligibility, please contact us.


Developmental screenings:

Regular developmental screening in the early years makes sure that children are on track, and helps identify areas where additional support may be needed. Families with children between the ages of 2 months and 5 years of age residing in Wayne County can complete a FREE Ages and Stages (ASQ-3) developmental screening. It only takes a few minutes to complete and a developmental screening specialist will follow up with an individualized email to offer supports and resources. Click on the link below to get started now!

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What to Expect

Parents are the first and most important teachers for their children. Through Great Parents, Great Start, parents learn how to build on the strengths of their child and the family by using good child-rearing practices, so that their child will be well prepared for success in school and life.

  • Instruction about child growth and development
  • Methods to promote early social, language, reading and math skills in preschool children
  • Information about good parenting skills, including how to communicate with and discipline your child
  • Methods to promote the physical and emotional health of infants, toddlers and young children
  • Information about how to access community services


Great Parents Great Start (32p) served 23 families in 2014

Providing weekly home visits for a period of 6 months

In 2013, our Great Parents Great Start program served 56 families, providing ten home visits to each


Our Family Literacy main office is located at 7060 McGraw St., Detroit, MI 48210 (in the former rectory of St. Andrew Church). For more information about GPGS or any of our programs and how to enroll, please contact us at 313.896.2800 or email us.


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