Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District has partnered with multiple organizations within a 10-county region to form the Northwest Michigan Early Childhood Consortium.
The consortium was recently awarded a contract by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation to implement the Northwest Great Start to Quality Resource Center. The Northwest Resource Center operates throughout the 10-county region, including an office in Boyne City. The purpose of the resource center is to support parents with the resources they need to give their child a high quality early learning and care experience.
The Northwest Great Start to Quality Resource Center will provide access to materials and resources for early learning and development programs in addition to professional development and training opportunities, consultation and coaching for early childhood educators and families -- a continuum of work begun under a contract previously held by Child Care Connections.
"I am very excited to continue to work with our caring and qualified child care providers in this region to bring them additional support and services to care for children and their families," Chowen said.
Chowen noted the center will also empower parents to become knowledgeable consumers who choose high quality care for their children.
In addition to Char-Em Intermediate School District, the consortium's members include Traverse Bay Area ISD, Manistee ISD, Wexford-Missaukee ISD, Leelanau Children's Center, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health, and the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce. Child Care & Development funding from the Office of Great Start within the Department of Education supports the implementation of Great Start to Quality. The Office of Great Start and the Investment Corporation work together to improve early childhood development in Michigan.
For more information about the local Great Start to Quality Resource Center or to contact Chowen, call (877) 614-7328.