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1425 West Grand River
Howell, Michigan 48843
LESA provides highly valued service through leadership, innovation and collaboration. Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA) provides a variety of programs and services that support student achievement for approximately 30,000 students and 2,300 e ... more
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"It was definitely due to the expansion," Davies added.
Last school year, LESA was funded for 199 Great Start slots.
This year's Great Start funding level was for 428 slots.
One Great Start slot equals one half-day program.
Through the calculation, Great Start had about another 70 students this school year over last school year, Davies said.
LESA further expanded Great Start by partnering with two private preschools - Down on the Farm near Pinckney and Crossroads preschool near Howell - to provide the services.
The current state budget required up to 30 percent of Great Start allocations to be combined with private services.
The additional funding has all but eliminated the county's waiting list for Great Start programs, Davies said.
"That 4-year-old population that we've been able to target and reach to come forward and apply and get the interest and knowledge of a (Great Start) program out there, we placed those students where we've had 4-year-olds on waiting lists prior.
That's pretty huge,"
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