Child Care Provider Updates
Great Start to Quality is Michigan’s rating system that evaluates the quality of child care and preschool providers. Dickinson and Iron Counties presently have 40 child care providers who are exceptional in providing the best care for children!
Most young children in Dickinson County, Iron County and in Michigan are in child care or preschool settings, so it is important for these experiences to be the very best. Quality child care and preschool helps children learn, grow and develop.
GREAT START TO QUALITY FIVE STAR RATING
PARENTS – You can use Great Start to Quality as a tool to help you look up and compare early childhood programs to find the best care for your child. On a scale of one- to five-stars, child care and preschool providers are scored in different areas, and those scores are combined to give them a star rating of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest quality child care site and child care program.
REMINDER: Misty is just a phone call away! Child care providers please call me for information on upcoming trainings, resource needs and to answer questions about certification and the Star Rating System! Happy New Year To All!
Great Start to Quality Specialist Misty Lefebvre will be contacting all providers in Dickinson and Iron Counties to schedule a visit from Misty and Barb. Get ready to receive some new resources and children’s books. Misty and Barb will also be distributing posters of upcoming Great Start Events and doing a quick survey to identify provider needs.
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS
Starting the Fall of 2017, Great Start is focusing on opening up 3 FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS: Greenway Books in Iron Mountain; Windsor Center in Iron River; and Contemporary Center in Crystal Falls.
Each Family Resource Center will feature the following programs:
• support groups for children
• presentations on family health
• training sessions
• The Buzz Station – help parents complete forms
CHILD CARE PROVIDER OPPORTUNITIES
Great Start will be initiating the following activities for interested child care providers: (1) Peace Walks to teach children Steps to a Fair Argument; and (2) Book Mailboxes for child care provider locations
APRIL IS NATIONAL HUMOR MONTH!
Celebrate this month long event with the whole family! Reading a funny book of jokes, or a classic Dr. Seuss book is the perfect way to celebrate. Spending time and sharing laughter brings everyone closer together after a long winter. Let’s celebrate Spring and National Humor Month with funny books and family time!