Resource Centers

The Great Start to Quality Northwest Resource Center serves Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee, Leelanau, Missaukee, and Wexford counties. If you’re looking for daycare in Northwest Michigan, families in the area utilize our resource center to find the right provider.

As your Great Start to Quality Northwest Resource Center, we want you to know we are here to support you! Located in Traverse City, our resource center provides training, support groups, and materials for daycare providers and families in Northwest Michigan.

We provide:

  • Professional Development for both providers and families.       
  • A free Lending Library that offers themed bins, curriculum, administrative books, books on child development, DVDs, gross motor items and more.
  • Support from a Quality Improvement Specialist to help programs navigate Great Start to Quality, and support to families searching for child care and preschool that best meets their needs.
  • Free on-site, individual consultation from a Quality Improvement Consultant to support home and center-based early learning programs in providing high-quality care to children and families.
  • Professional learning communities for those that serve Infants and Toddlers. Groups meet to enhance and discuss effective strategies for best practice within their setting.
  • Unlicensed Provider playgroups for those who care for children 0-3 years old. This group provides personal support, socialization, and training.

Our Staff

Candice Hamel - Program Director
Contact Candice at 810-516-0755 or

Quality Improvement Specialists

Quality Improvement Consultants


Community Resources

We work with many people and organizations in the community to provide you, your family and your program with the resources you need to help your family and children succeed.

Local Partners

In order to provide you and the children in our community with the best opportunities, we partner with various people, organizations and places to help make those opportunities available to you.