Early Childhood Digest

The Latest Early Childhood Developments by Wayne RESA

September 7, 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.

Quick Links

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.

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Letter from the Executive Director

Greetings Wayne County!

It is truly my pleasure to serve you as the Executive Director of Early Childhood for WRESA, and I am pleased to share our newly developed monthly newsletter – Early Childhood Digest (WCRESA). This digest will be a one-stop place for you to receive important messages, updates, resources, announcements etc. from our department. We want to streamline our communication process, so that you have one location to check for monthly resources and updates related to Early Childhood and GSRP for Wayne County.

For this inaugural September digest, there is lots of important information.

I want to especially highlight the following areas of information to be sure to review :

  • New 2022-2023 Quintile Information
  • GSRP Enrollment reminder
  • Early Childhood Specialist Quarterly Meetings
  • GSRP Promotional Materials Survey – Seeking Your Input by Friday September 16.

We look forward to a wonderful year and continued collaboration to ensure we are partners in support high quality GSRP programs in Wayne County!

Best wishes,

Dr. Sophia Lafayette-Lause

Recruitment and Enrollment

2022-2023 Enrollment Information Notebook

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

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 Families

Programs should wait until after September 12th to begin enrolling over-income (OI) families.
All families enrolled as OI should be reported by their program to the assigned ECC.

Enrollment : Fully Enrolled by October 1st

All programs should aim to have full enrollment by October 1, 2022. Please contact your Early Childhood Consultant for questions and assistance.

Wayne County ECS Quarterly Meetings

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!

We are excited to announce the dates for our Wayne County ECS Meetings for this year!

Our meetings will be back to in-person and will be held at Burger Baylor (28865 Carlysle St. Inkster, MI 48141)!

The ECS Meetings will be held:

-September 21st, 1:30-3:00

-December 21st, 1:30-3:00

-March 15th, 1:30-3:00

-May 31st, 1:30-3:00

If your district, school, or program contracts with an Early Childhood Specialist, not provided by Wayne RESA, they are required to attend all Quarterly Meetings for important training and informational updates. You will need to register for these sessions; a link will be sent later. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to earn SCECHs for the December, March, and May meetings!

22-23 GSRP Advisory Meetings

Meetings will run 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Learning Stream registration is required.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Friday, March 3, 2023

Friday, June 2, 2023

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.

Return to Pre-Pandemic Requirements

As we all work to move forward from the pandemic and back to normal programming, MDE is expecting programs to plan for a return to pre-pandemic GSRP requirements to include Home Visits. However, given the variable rates of COVID infection across the state, we understand things may change quickly. Please carefully consider any situations that may indicate a need for modification to requirements and discuss with your consultant.

Grants and Funding

Child Care Stabilization Grants Summer 2022 : Applications due by Sept. 9th

What is the Child Care Stabilization Grant?

The Child Care Stabilization Grant is a $700 million investment in child care providers across Michigan. The Stabilization Grant is a non-competitive grant for child care providers to help stabilize operations and support the health and safety of children and staff.

When Will the Application be Available?

The Summer 2022 application will be available August 9 through September 9, 2022.

To be eligible to apply for the Summer grant you must submit your Fall 2021 Child Care Stabilization Grant Operations Report prior to applying. If you received hiring and recruitment funds you must submit your report prior to applying (report was due July 31, 2022).

Will everyone who applies receive a grant?

This is a non-competitive grant. Every eligible child care provider that submits a complete application will receive a grant award. Funding is not awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

To learn more, visit https://www.michigan.gov/mde/services/early-learners-and-care/cdc/child-care-stabilization-grants-summer-2022 .

Michigan’s Collective Early Childhood Action Plan

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is pleased to release Michigan’s Collective Early Childhood Action Plan, which is shaped by the experiences of families, early childhood providers, and other community and state leaders.

This plan represents an opportunity to strengthen connections between all aspects of the early childhood system and work collaboratively to improve young children’s learning and growth.

This plan is fully consistent with Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan, specifically the plan outlines contributions to goals one, two, and three.

The plan can be found at: Michigan’s Collective Early Childhood Action Plan.

If you have questions or would like to participate in the implementation of Michigan’s Collective Early Childhood Action Plan, contact Joy Milano at milanoj@michigan.gov.

Early Childhood Standards of Quality Birth to Kindergarten Public Comment

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Great Start is opening for public comment the proposed Michigan Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Birth to Kindergarten.

This document will be used to support the growth and development of all children birth through kindergarten throughout the state. It also will support early childhood professionals in recognizing individual developmental trajectories and expressions of learning, and guide programs toward improved quality in their operations.

The standards were updated to support Michigan's Top 10 Strategic Education Plan.

This set of standards will replace Michigan’s current Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Infant and Toddler Programs and Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Prekindergarten, which were adopted by Michigan’s State Board of Education in 2013, and will inform program development, program quality evaluation, and continuous improvement efforts at Michigan’s educator preparation institutions.

The proposed Michigan Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Birth to Kindergarten are available here.

All feedback must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., September 21, 2022, online at: https://www.michigan.gov/mde/services/early-learners-and-care/ecsq-0-to-5-publiccomment

Getting to the Core Podcast : Talking Is Teaching

“Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” is a community literacy campaign conceived by the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail Initiative. In 2018, Great Start Detroit/Wayne became the first “Talking is Teaching” site in Michigan. Since then, the movement has grown and expanded to dozens of community organizations.