Early Childhood Digest

The Latest Early Childhood Developments by Wayne RESA

February 3, 2023

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

Greetings Wayne County,

It's hard to believe but we are only a week away from Count Day - Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

We recognize that this school year has been challenging in many ways. We encourage you to continue all of your efforts this week in your final push to try to achieve your enrollment goals.

Signing Incentive Update
To continue to support your staffing needs, we are extending the full hiring incentive through February 15, 2023. We will also continue signing incentives for staff hired after February 15th but before the end of the program year who make a commitment to stay in the program through the 2023-2024 school year. Staff hired during this window will be eligible for 50% of the incentive at the time of hire, and 50% in February 2024. Please email EarlyChildhood@resa.net with questions.

Religious Certificate Documentation Change!

In a recent professional learning session, a participant asked if non-Christian religious certificates were acceptable as a form of proof of birth as the GSRP Implementation Manual states, "baptismal certificate indicating date and place of birth".

We are pleased to announce that our Recruitment/Enrollment team, in connection with MDE, has initiated state-wide change - effective immediately, GSRP providers may accept any official religious certificates that document birth date for the purposes of verifying age for enrollment in GSRP. Additionally, this change will be included in next year’s Implementation Manual. Wayne RESA is proud to lead the way in supporting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across the county.

Early Math Survey

Please consider taking or sharing the Early Math survey highlighted further below in the digest. The survey only takes 15 minutes and Wayne County's voice needs to be represented!!

Please remember, if you are need of marketing materials as you begin to plan for the next school year, information is included at the bottom of the digest on how to request those items.

Wishing you well,

Sophia Lafayette-Lause, Ed.D

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Flexible Funding NOT AVAILABLE for 2022-2023 SY

While MDE authorized flexible funding in previous years, GSRP providers will only be funded for children reported in your Student Information System / MiSTAR. A program must be fully enrolled to receive full funding.

EXTENDED: Signing Incentive eligibility window!

Signing incentives are intended to address the critical shortage of GSRP teaching team members by attracting educators who have not been employed in any Wayne County GSRP program in the last 90 days or more.

New-to-GSRP Staff Hired 11/15/22 - 02/15/23
Signing Incentives available in the following amounts:

Lead Teacher: $2,400*
Associate Teacher: $1,200*
Paraeducator / Third Person: $600*

50% at time of hire, 50% in June 2023/End of Program Year

New-to-GSRP Staff Hired 02/16/23 - End of Program Year 2023
Signing Incentives available in the following amounts:

Lead Teacher: $2,400*
Associate Teacher: $1,200*
Paraeducator / Third Person: $600*

50% at time of hire, 50% after 2024 Count Reporting

*Incentive amount prior to applicable taxes and withholding

If your site has teaching team vacancies, please complete this Google Form to opt-in to the signing incentive campaign.

If your site opted in to the incentive campaign and have hired eligible staff, please contact your Early Childhood Consultant and complete the RESA reporting form to begin the payment approval process.

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Connect4Care Kids - Webinar

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You are a valued partner in United Way for Southeastern Michigan's Connect4Care Kids, which helps families find affordable, quality early childhood learning and care. We realize that many new Head Start and GRSP providers have been added to Connect4Care Kids this school year. Whether you are a new or old partner, we hope to connect with you.

United Way is offering a 30-minute Connect4Care Kids Informational Webinar to give you a quick overview of this service that is marketed to parents and caregivers of young children in Wayne County—and hopefully helps you fill Early Head Start, Head Start and GSRP seats. We are happy to answer any questions about Connect4Care Kids and hear your suggestions for improving this service.

We are offering the same webinar on two different dates/times in hopes that one will work for your calendar.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 2:30 to 3 p.m. or
  • Thursday, Feb. 16 from 9:30 to 10 a.m.

Your feedback matters and directly informs our planning process, alongside parent/caregiver feedback. Please continue to share your ideas.

Thank you!

Math in Michigan

Want to share your thoughts about Math in Michigan?

Complete this perception survey to assist in shaping the future of Mathematics.
Please share widely with coworker, colleagues, or anyone invested in prek-5 math education in Michigan!

Please submit by survey closure on February 13th.

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Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAOM) Training Opportunities

AAoM is excited to announce our winter training series - these FREE virtual trainings will be offered on a variety of dates and times.

Each session will offer one of the following: an extended 4 hour Watch Me Grow, Sensory, Difficult Conversations or Autism 101. Please visit our training website and registration page to sign up.

All training series are geared towards educating parents, caregivers, early childhood providers, and professionals on how to identify and navigate developmental delays of young children from birth to five years of life. The training also helps participants understand basic behaviors related to autism, information, tips on how to effectively interact with individuals with Autism, individualized strategies of how to support an individual with Autism, community resources available for more information and support.

Please share these resources widely with your teaching teams and families. There may be a need you’re unaware of or families might not feel comfortable expressing their need for support or resources.

Community Resource Guides

Click here to view community resource guides.

Professional Learning

Registration OPEN for PD Opportunities

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

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.

Community Events

Recruitment and Enrollment

2022-2023 Enrollment Information Notebook

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

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

EC Digest : Past Editions

Whether you missed a past edition or are trying to locate a resource that was shared - this is the place to find PDF versions of all EC Digests.

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 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.