Early Childhood Digest

The Latest Early Childhood Developments by Wayne RESA

October 25, 2022

Early Childhood Services Department at Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency (Wayne RESA)

The Early Childhood Services Department oversees high-quality preschool education opportunities across Wayne County to include the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) for eligible four-year-old children and the Strong Beginnings pilot for eligible three-year-old children.
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Notes from the Executive Director

Dear Wayne County Early Childhood partners,

We are full steam ahead with the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Thank you for all of your hard work this month with opening classrooms, enrolling students, and recruiting staff! Our teams have been out to your programs and have enjoyed reconnecting with you and your new students!!! Lots of important reminders are included below about enrollment surveys and professional development opportunities.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to your WRESA Early Childhood Consultant or our office if you have questions or need assistance.

Best wishes,

Sophia Lafayette-Lause, Ed.D
Executive Director of Early Childhood Services, Wayne RESA
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Reminder - 2022 health and safety refresher training must be completed on or before October 31st.

The Child Care and Development Block Grant requires child care providers to receive ongoing health and safety training. The rule to meet this requirement is below. The official notice was sent on May 1, 2022 stating that licensed child care providers have until October 31st to complete the training in MiRegistry. The information provided in this bulletin explains how to find that required training.

Licensing Rule information: R 400.8131(12) for centers, and R 400.1905(9) for homes “When the department of licensing and regulatory affairs or the department of education publishes a notice that a new health and safety update document or a new health and safety update training activity has been published on MiRegistry, the licensee shall ensure that all personnel read and acknowledge the document or complete the activity within 6 months of the notice.”

Deadline for training completion: Licensed Child Care Providers will have until October 31, 2022 to complete.

Michigan Ongoing Health and Safety Training Refresher 2022 (Refresher 2022) is now available. This FREE training meets the ongoing health and safety training requirement for child care providers, is 2.0 hours, and covers the following topics:

  • Handling and storage of hazardous materials and appropriate disposal of bio-contaminants
  • Appropriate precautions in transporting children
  • Building and physical premises safety
  • Emergency preparedness, response and recovery

Click here to register for the online training: Refresher 2022 Training

If you have any questions please contact your consultant.

Professional Learning for Principals: Pre-K–3rd Grade

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) invites practicing school leaders to join an engaging multi-day virtual convening, on November 2nd, 3rd, and 5th, 2022. The event will use A Principal's Guide to Early Learning and the Early Grades, authored by the National P-3 Center, as a framework.

NAESP, with support from the Foundation for Child Development, hosts this three-day (12-hour) virtual event that will give school leaders in early childhood the tools, resources, and strategies they need to lead Pre-K–3rd Grade efforts in their schools.

A $75 fee covers registration and includes a copy of A Principal's Guide to Early Learning and the Early Grades, which will be mailed to the address listed for registration.


MDE Memo # 103-22

Children Benefit from Enrollment in the Great Start Readiness Program

The research is clear: a high-quality preschool program has a very significant, long- term, positive effect on children. Specifically, children who attend high-quality preschool programs are more prepared for school, including the demonstration of clear, positive effects on children’s early literacy and mathematics skills, and are less likely to be identified as having special needs or to be held back in elementary school than children who did not attend preschool. It also should be noted that Michigan’s GSRP program is among five states ranked as the highest quality programs in the nation according to the National Institute for Early Education Research.

2022 - 103 Children Benefit from Enrollment in the Great Start Readiness Program

GSRP Implementation Manual - UPDATED for 22-23

Below, you will find all the sections and resources that have been updated for this year.

The new information is highlighted in blue for your ease of reference.

Professional Learning

Registration OPEN for PD Opportunities

Please visit Learning Stream to register for our upcoming professional learning sessions :

4696 Prekindergarten Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy
New cohorts are starting in November; interested participants should contact their Early Childhood Consultant to determine which cohort they should register to attend, if any.

Prekindergarten educators participate in 8 half-day sessions of intense training focused on the MAISA-GELN Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy, Prekindergarten. In partnership with Michigan Department of Education's mission to improve literacy equitably, participants will examine the 10 essential instructional practices research documents as necessary for children to demonstrate adequate literacy progress. Wayne County Great Start Readiness Program teaching teams have been receiving this professional learning for several years.

4569 Overcoming Trauma
Join us as we begin our journey of becoming trauma informed. Learn about the Michigan ACE Initiative and the understanding N.E.A.R. (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences [ACEs], and Resilience) research that demonstrates how ACEs and social determinants affect the health and development of children and adults. Leave this workshop with an understanding of the unique opportunity educators have to help students, families, and staff overcome the effects of trauma by building resilience.

This session is led by Michigan ACE Community of Champions (MACC) trained early childhood consultants working in the field. Carissa, Noel and Beth are committed to presenting information you can apply and strategies to take back to your classroom.

Registration open to Wayne County GSRP staff only : Use code 22GSRP23

5080 GSRP CBO Touchpoint Meetings

Join us for our Community Based Organization (CBO) Touchpoint series to discuss all things Wayne County GSRP.

These informal-yet-informative sessions provide an opportunity for administrators, owners, and directors of our Wayne County Great Start Readiness Program CBOs to engage in meaningful discussion about the successes and challenges of their programs with Wayne RESA Educational Services Associate Superintendent, Beth Gonzalez and Wayne RESA Early Childhood Executive Director, Sophia Lafayette-Lause, Ed.D.

Recruitment and Enrollment

2022-2023 Enrollment Information Notebook

Click here to view the 22-23 Enrollment Info notebook.

Enrollment : Keep Enrolling!!!

Although we understand your contract mentions an October 1st deadline for full enrollment, we recognize that programs need more time. Continue enrolling!!! We will monitor programs individually to ascertain how you are doing. Please contact your Early Childhood Consultant for questions and assistance.

New 2022-2023 Quintile Information

Please note that a family above 250% of the poverty line is considered over-income. Your program can enroll up to 15% of those families, but must still utilize the prioritization process.

Over-Income Contract Language Adjustment

Please see the linked letter regarding adjustments to the contract language around enrolling over-income families. All families enrolled as OI should be reported on the programs budget ledger. Please contact your ECC with any assistance on how to do this.


Head Start MOU's

Wayne RESA has secured Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with each Head Start partner for the 2022-2023 school year that covers all Wayne County GSRP's. Please send any Head Start referral/release forms to your Head Start partner as soon as you receive them.

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Quick Links

Professional Learning Catalog / Learning Stream

Click here to browse and register to attend Wayne RESA professional learning opportunities.

2022-2023 Wayne County GSRP Roster

Click here to view a roster of all 2022-2023 Wayne County Great Start Readiness Program locations.

2022-2023 Wayne County GSRP Map

Click here to view a Google Map of all 2022-2023 Wayne County Great Start Readiness Program locations.

22-23 Budget Schedule

Click here for a listing of key fiscal dates throughout the 22-23 school year.

Wayne RESA GSRP Data Collection and Reporting Timeline

Click here for data collection, reporting dates, and other assessment information.