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Child Care Resources of Southwest Michigan
Great Start to Quality Southwest Resource Center
Child Care Resources (CCR) is the Great Start to Quality Southwest Resource Center serving families and providers in the nine southwestern counties of Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Saint Joseph, and Van Buren.
Training Opportunities
Training Opportunities
As the Great Start to Quality Southwest Resource Center, we provide a wide array of training opportunities for child care providers, parents, and interested consumers funded by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation. These can be found on our training tab.
Quality Improvement Consultants and Mentors
Quality Improvement Consultants and Mentors
Child Care Resources offers technical support and mentoring that assits both licensed and unlicensed child care providers with the Great Start to Quality Rating and Improvement System - a continuous quality improvement effort funded by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation.
Child Care Resources of Southwest Michigan
Community Awareness
Child Care Resources actively seeks to collaborate with other community organizations like United Way, Great Start Collaboratives and Parent Coalitions, Michigan State University Extension, Head Start and others to promote public awareness of the need for quality child care, assistance in finding quality child care, training in the service area, technical assistance and more.
Child Care Resources of Southwest Michigan
Resource Library
As the Great Start to Quality Southwest Resource Center we offer a resource library with themed learning activity totes, packs, books, and equipment that can be borrowed from the libraries located throughout the nine county service area by parents and providers to aid in the education of their children through play promoting school readiness.
 
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What's New

Free and Low Cost Online Training Available

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is offering some free and low cost online trainings along with ones that offer CEU's. Click on the "CONNECT courses for CEU" link. Click here to view site. 

What is Great Start Connect?

greatstartCONNECT.org is the best tool for families in Michigan looking for child care or preschool. Every licensed and registered program and provider, including Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs, is listed in an easy-to-use search engine. Families can search by Zip code, hours of operation or something even more specific. For example, if a child has a food allergy or special need, families can search using those that detail to find a program that meets their needs.  The only place families can see the Great Start to Quality star rating is on greatstartCONNECT.org. The star ratings show how programs and providers scored on a quality rating scale. This rating scale was designed by experts and parents to help families find the highest quality setting to support their child for success in school and life.  greatstartCONNECT.org is free and accessible 24/7.  Other resources available at greatstartCONNECT.org include a Child Care Checklist in the Parent Toolkit that is easily printed or viewed on any device, and licensing reports that show inspections, violations and corrections. 
Want to become a licensed program?

To answer your questions, begin with a Start Up class.  See the description over to the right.

Family child care business in your home?
 
Click here for more information and an application packet

Group child care business in your home?  Click here for more information and an application packet

Center?  Click here for more information and an application packet 

Have questions about becoming licensed call Child Care Resources at 1-800-343-3470

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Minimize

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MICHIGAN is a statewide scholarship program designed to help child care center teachering staff, preschool teachers, family child care providers, group home owners, center directors, and administrators meet their professional development goals, while continuing their current employment in regulated early childhood and school age care settings. For more information click here.



 
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Great Start to Quality Southwest Resource Center

       Child Care Resources is the Great Start to Quality Southwest Resource Center, one of ten across Michigan. The Resource Center coordinates supports and services for child care providers across all settings, and coordinates supports and services for families searching for licensed and registered child care. Questions? Contact Ella Fabel Ryder at CCR, call 800-343-3470, ext. 227 or email Ella@CCR4kids.org.


Child Care Resources is a private, nonprofit agency.  All donations are tax deductable!
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