Resource Centers

 The Great Start to Quality Upper Peninsula (UP) Resource Center serves Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Houghton and Schoolcraft counties.

Great Start to Quality UP Resource Center offers support to providers and educators to improve the quality of their programs by providing individualized consultation, coaching and access to training and resources. 

Our Resource Center also supports families in their search for high-quality child care and preschool. 

We offer a Lending Library which is a free educational resource for you and your children!  The Lending Library is designed to encourage and enhance the learning experience at home, school, child care and preschool. 

Our Center Staff

Program Director

Deb Dupras

Contact Deb at 906-228-3362 or

Quality Improvement Specialists

  • Cindy Basse – Serving Delta, Schoolcraft and Menominee Counties
  • Misty Lefebvre – Serving Dickinson and Iron Counties
  • Melanie Greenfield – Serving Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac Counties
  • Kari Momcilovich – Serving Marquette and Alger Counties
  • Jessica Miller – Serving Houghton, Baraga, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Keweenaw Counties

Quality Improvement Consultants

  • Brooke Javurek – Serving Iron, Dickinson, Delta, Menominee and Schoolcraft Counties
  • Meagan Guindon – Serving Marquette, Alger, Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties
  • Heather Bird – Serving Chippewa, Luce and Mackinac Counties

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns!

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.