Central Resource Center

The Great Start to Quality Central Resource Center provides resources, supports and services for Mid-Michigan childcare providers/programs and families in Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gladwin, Gratiot, Ingham, Isabella, Midland and Shiawassee Counties. Our services include but are not limited to:

Early Childhood Educators

  • A team of highly experienced Quality Improvement Coaches to support Early Learning Childhood programs both home and center based, to provide high-quality care to children and families.
  • Free on-site individual consultation.
  • Navigating the Great Start to Quality Recognition and Improvement system.
  • Creating, managing and completing quality improvement plans.
  • Technical assistance with grants.
  • Annual Infant Toddler Conference.
  • Opportunities for childcare educators to network through various groups and trainings.
  • Professional Development (training) offered through MiRegistry.org in various modalities: virtual, in person, hybrid, and correspondence and informal professional learning communities.
  • Infant Toddler Specialist to support infant toddler care and facilitate the Infant- Toddler Learning Community (ITLC).


  • Assists families searching for high quality child care and preschool that best meets their needs and navigating greatstarttoquality.org.
  • Connects families to information on Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP).
  • Connects families to Child Development and Care (CDC) and low cost child care in Michigan.
  • Partners with Great Start Collaboratives (GSC) and Three Literacy Hubs in the Central Region.
  • Supports for License Exempt Providers (LEP) with registering for License Exempt Provider Preservice Training (LEPPT) and on-site Health and Safety Coaching. Our Quality Improvement Team assists in providing additional professional development to support required LEP level training and supports interested LEP through the licensing process.

Lending Library

The Lending Library is a free educational resource for you and your children! It is designed to encourage the learning experience at home, school, child care and preschool and is available to licensed child care providers, License Exempt Providers (LEP), parents, families and community members. The Lending Library includes:

  • Theme based experience bins designed specifically to meet the different developmental needs of infants and toddlers, preschool and young school aged children.
  • Story stretcher totes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers that engage extended learning through activities.
  • Books, CD’s, DVD’s, and curriculum materials for early childhood educators to use in planning and implementing quality improvements in child care centers, group, and family child care homes.

Central Resource Center Staff

Lansing OfficeMidland Office
Barb Monroe, Program Director
Kim Clark, Organizational Lead
Ashley Wheat, QIC
Brenda Boyce, QIC
Cell: 989-859-6474
Kristen Osterhouse, QIC
Stefanie Shook, QIC
Cell: 989-488-7881
Catie Bouwman, QIC
Michele Peregord, QIS
Stephanie McIntosh, QIC

Community Partners & Resources

Business connecting to local resources to support child care providers. Select this link to learn about supports in your area.

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.

Professional Development

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There are professional development trainings available throughout the state. You can search for a training near you or about a specific subject through MiRegistry.

Contact us!

If you have additional questions or need help, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact the Central Resource Center

Lansing Location

5700 Executive Drive Suite 2
Lansing, MI 48911

877-614-7328 (toll free)

Midland Location

337 Lemke St.
Midland, MI 48642

877-614-7328 (toll-free)