Great Start to Quality Orientation

Upcoming: Level 2 Training Changes

IMPORTANT: New information regarding level 2 training  for License Exempt-Related and License Exempt-Unrelated subsidy providers.

Beginning January 1, 2022, all Level 2 training must be taken through MiRegistry. 

Certificates for trainings completed outside of MiRegistry dated on or after January 1, 2022, will not count toward the 10 hours of training needed to meet the Level 2 requirement.

You may find approved Level 2 trainings at MiRegistry Statewide Training Calendar .

General Level 2 Information:

License Exempt Related and License Exempt-Unrelated subsidy providers have the option to complete 10 hours of approved training per year to receive a higher hourly rate.

  • A provider may begin taking training to count towards Level 2 after completing the Great Start to Quality Orientation (GSTQ Level 1).
  • All training on the MiRegistry training calendar, including the annual Michigan Ongoing Health and Safety Training Refresher, counts toward Level 2, except for GSQO (level 1).

See the CDC Handbook  for more Level 2 training requirements and information.


Great Start to Quality Orientation: Level 1 of Michigan’s Quality Development Continuum Training

The Great Start to Quality Orientation Level 1 Training is a seven hour training provided for those interested in participating in the Michigan Department of Education – Office of Great Start’s Child Development and Care (CDC) subsidy program.

This training is a basic overview of the following items:

  • Child development.
  • Setting up shared expectations for children in your care.
  • Health, safety, and nutrition.
  • First Aid and CPR certification.

It is important to note that the Michigan Department of Education – Office of Great Start periodically revises and updates the Child Development and Care (CDC) subsidy handbook. The most recent issue of the Child Development and Care (CDC) handbook can be found through the Michigan Department of Education.

Documents and Resources

Find Great Start to Quality Orientation Training

Great Start to Quality Orientation includes trainings on topics related to child development, early childhood, business practices, and other projects.

Virtual Great Start to Quality Orientation Slides

To see the slides that were used during the Great Start to Quality Virtual offering click here. If you’d like to see the resources and information the trainer talked about look at the full binder below. 

Orientation Binder

The Great Start to Quality Orientation – Level 1 Full Orientation Training Binder:

Orientation Binder – Spanish

La orientación de Great Start to Quality-la carpeta de orientación de entrenamiento del nivel 1 completo:

Individual Sections from Orientation

These five sections were taken from the orientation binder to provide you with the ability to find specific information quickly:

Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5

Want additional information?

If you need additional information regarding this training or training materials, please contact your local Great Start to Quality Resource Center.

Training Videos

Participants were shown various videos during Great Start to Quality Orientation Level 1 training that highlighted relevant child development topics discussed in training.

5 Steps for Brain-Building Serve and Return

Did you know that you can help build a child’s brain – starting even before babies can talk? Simple “serve and return” interactions between adults and young children help make strong connections in developing brains. And, it’s easy and fun to do!

Dad and Son have Adorable Conversation

You won’t want to miss this adorable moment of a father and his toddler having a full-fledged conversation about what they’re watching on TV. 

Coronavirus FAQ: Why Is Hand-Washing Important?

Dr. William Schaffner is a recognized expert in infectious diseases. Watch him answer some frequently asked questions about coronavirus.

First Aid For A Choking Child

Learn First Aid For a Choking Child

First Aid For A Choking Infant

Learn First Aid For a Choking Infant

CPR for Infants
(Newborn to 1 Year)

Cincinnati Children’s Demonstrates Child CPR (Ages 1 to 12 Years)

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