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Welcome to First Steps Washtenaw!

Early Childhood Center, 500 Washington St., Chelsea 48118

First Steps Washtenaw is an early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. The program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families and includes the following components in an 8-week session:
  • 60 minute playgroups led by Parent Educator
  • Ongoing special events and parent group meetings
  • Developmental screening focused on normal child development
  • Community resource network

Recognizing that all families can benefit from support, First Steps families come in all configurations, from all socio-economic levels, and from rural, urban and suburban communities. The program is adaptable to fit community needs. It is a local program and family participation is voluntary. Washtenaw First Steps works with parents to provide them with parenting support and information on their developing child.

  • Playgroup meets at the Washington Street Education Center, 500 Washington St., Chelsea on Mon./Tues./Wed. @ 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
  • The cost is $90 for an eight-week session and $40 for one-visit per week for all eight weeks.
    Discounted price for all four sessions: $315 (credit card auto-debit pay plan)

  • NEW offering: Wednesday afternoons only from 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. ($50 for this session)
    ALL sessions for the 2018-2019 school year will be: Sept. 10 - Oct. 31, Nov. 5 - Jan. 16, Jan. 21 - Mar. 13 and Mar. 18 - May 15.

Registration is required for new and returning families through the Community Education Office at the Washington Street Educational Center Administration offices. 

The registration form can be found below.

Contact: Email Elisabeth Seymour or phone 734.433.2208, ext. 6310 (voice mail only)
Facebook page: First Steps Washtenaw-Chelsea@firststeps.chelsea

Kris Hohnke,
Nov 5, 2018, 7:33 AM