To build skills needed to work with young children and increase the quality of your learning environment, you can join a network of free Early Learning Communities (ELCs) that provide:
- Free and low-cost Child Development Associate (CDA) credential support opportunities.
- High-quality early childhood development classes developed by industry-leading curriculum experts help to build new skills needed to support children’s learning and growth. Leave class with ideas you can implement immediately. These Professional Development opportunities meet licensing requirements and many are directly applicable to indicators on the Self-Assessment Survey and Program Quality Assessment (PQA).
- Peer-to-Peer networking opportunities bring providers together to meet and discuss topics that impact the way we work with young children.
- Lending Libraries offer free, high quality resources to try in your program.
- Navigators provide valuable information about additional resources that can support you, your program and the families you work with.
- We can also come to you! Our staff is equipped to host trainings on-site at your center.
Early Learning Community Locations
These are the main locations for the Early Learning Communities, however classes and activities take place throughout the tri-county area! If you do not see your city, don’t worry! You can call 1-877-614-7328 for information about opportunities in your area.
Leaps and Bounds
8129 Packard Ave.
Call them at 586-619-9997 or 313-402-0802
Visit their website at www.leapsnbounds.org
Oakland Family Services
114 Orchard Lake Road
Call them at 248-858-7766 extension 323
Visit their website at www.oaklandfamilyservices.org
Thank you to the many other community partners who support the Wayne, Oakland, Macomb Resource Center by providing programming, training, space, technical assistance and more.
Oakland Intermediate School District: https://oakland.k12.mi.us/pages/default.aspx
Macomb Community College John Lewis Center: http://www.macomb.edu/community/conference-event-services/john-lewis-center.html
Wayne RESA: http://www.resa.net/
Macomb Intermediate School District: http://www.misd.net/index.html
2651 Saulino Ct, Dearborn, MI 48120
Call them at (313) 400-6333
or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wayne Oakland Macomb Resource Center is proud to share these community resources.
Do you or the children and families in your care need:
- Utility/Rent Payment Assistance
- Job Search/Placement
- Health Care
- Child Care
- Housing/Temporary Shelter
- Prescription Expense Assistance
- School-Related Programs
- Free Tax Preparation
If so, you can call 2-1-1 for more information about how to receive assistance.
Help Me Grow Michigan
The Great Start Collaboratives in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties in collaboration with United Way for Southeastern Michigan are now able to offer the Ages and Stages Questionnaire® (ASQ-3™ and ASQ:SE™) online and it is free to all children in these three counties between the ages of 2 months and 6 years.
Great Start Collaboratives
- Oakland County – www.greatstartforkids-oakland.org/
- Wayne County – www.greatstartwayne.org/
- Macomb County – www.greatstartmacomb.org/
This past month, the Early Learning Communities rolled out Adult Child Interaction. The class closely follows the PQA level 5 indicators and helps to support providers in building their adult child interaction skills when working one on one with a child, with a group of children, and referring children to one another. You will start to see this class on ELC calendars late spring/early summer 2017.