The Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC), with funding from the Michigan Department of Education-Office of Great Start, has been working over the past three fiscal years to explore how best to expand Great Start to Quality to include programs serving schoolagers. This work has focused on being inclusive of all settings serving schoolagers since each out-of-school time program is unique.
During 2016 ECIC conducted a pilot with out-of-school time programs and providers. Those listed below are programs that participated in the pilot and currently have a published rating.
Out-Of-School Time Pilot of Great Start to Quality 2016
|Program Name||License Number||Location||Star Rating|
|Wendy Ayers||YMCA School Age at Emmons Lake Elementary||DC410285100||Caledonia|
|Tara Ball||M & M Extra Care at Grand River Academy||DC820360910||Belleville|
|Kelley Deck||The Davinci Primary School||DC380275169||Jackson|
|Nichelle La Master||Elmwood Elementary School||DC230315019||Lansing|
|Bobby Ludwick||Parkwood Upjohn Primetime||DC390295679||Kalamazoo|
|Cassie Nickels||Marshall Upper Elementary||DC820308472||Westland|
|Malinda Olmstead||BLAST at Union City Middle School||DC120252870||Union City|
|Suzanne Sargent||Speckled Frog Learning Center||DC580268662||Monroe|
History of Out-Of-School Time
Starting in 2013, the Michigan Department of Education-Office of Great Start awarded funding to ECIC to explore how to expand Great Start to Quality to include programs and providers serving schoolagers (children from kindergarten entry to age 12). This work has engaged stakeholders at every level of the system from state level government officials to program staff. This inclusion of out-of-school time programs and providers in Great Start to Quality will provide out-of-school time care and education programs with quality improvement supports such as trainings, materials, one-on-one specialized consultation and other resources. Michigan is keeping pace with the nation in expansion of our quality rating and improvement system, Great Start to Quality, to include out-of-school time care and education programs and providers.
Resources for Out-Of-School Time
There are resources available to help you understand high-quality care for out-of-school time programs and providers.