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Our Mission at Greater Beginnings, is to partner with our families as we strive to provide a diverse, family-centered environment in which children 6 weeks to 7 years old develop into emotionally and physically healthy people.

Our Vision is to provide a quality, healthy, affordable home daycare experience, including the opportunity for each child to participate in a well-balanced, flexible program involving both structured and unstructured activities at the individual and small group levels.

We encourage and focuses on the development of each child as a unique person and make every effort to meet each child’s needs socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Children are given daily opportunities to interact with other children as well as with the caregivers — all done within a warm, caring atmosphere. The children are guided through their daily experiences by qualified, experienced, and dedicated people.



Greater Beginnings is led by childcare industry veteran, Elaine Johnson and her daughter Charlene Parks. Elaine has over forty-years within the industry, having worked as a caregiver, as well as management. Elaine has a degree Early Childhood Development (CDA) and has earned many accolades and recognition for her superior contributions. 

Greater Beginnings is a smoke-free, pet-free residence located in the home of Charlene and Sean Parks in Southfield, MI. Charlene has over twenty years of experience working in senior management, as well as owning and co-owning several business ventures. Charlene holds a Masters degree in Business and Project Management. After the birth of her own children, Charlene desired to stay home and provide quality childcare to her own children as well as others in a home environment. 

Together, our goal is to provide an affordable, top-quality childcare experience.


Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday:  6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday:  6:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Drop-off Service Only)
Sunday: Closed
We are open at 6:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Saturday, except for days as indicated on the annual calender. 
We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Upcoming Events

29 Oct 16***JOIN US FOR OUR OPEN HOUSE**** 2-5 PM

05 Nov 16***JOIN US FOR OUR OPEN HOUSE**** 2-5 PM

12 Nov 16***JOIN US FOR OUR OPEN HOUSE**** 2-5 PM


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