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.
- 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.
Quality Improvement Specialists
- Kristina Bajtka - serving Benzie & Manistee counties
- Contact Kristina at 231-723-4542 or email@example.com
- Rachael Birgy - serving Grand Traverse and Kalkaska counties
- Contact Rachael at 231-384-0926 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Quality Improvement Consultants
- Susan Chowen - serving Emmet, Charlevoix & Antrim counties
- Contact Susan at 231-582-8070 or email@example.com
- Melissa Maeder
- Contact Melissa at 989-275-9529 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Paris Philo - serving Wexford, Missaukee & Manistee counties
- Contact Paris at 231-876-3387 or email@example.com
- Kristin Ruckle - serving Grand Traverse county
- Contact Kristin at 989-339-8645 or Kristin@greatstartforkids.com