Support Networks

The Early Childhood Support Network (ECSN) is comprised of four regions throughout the state of Michigan; Eastern, Northern, Southeast, and Western. The network regions are designed to provide development of, and facilitate access to, a coordinated, easy-to-navigate early childhood system for providers and families that addresses the needs of the whole child.

The Western ECSN supports services in 19 counties including Mason, Lake, Osceola, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ottawa, Kent, Ionia, Allegan, Barry, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Berrien, Cass and St, Joseph, and oversight and technical assistance to three  Great Start to Quality Resource Centers- Western Resource Center, Southwest Resource Center and Kent Resource Center. 

The ECSN facilitates cross-sector collaboration within the region for maximum utilization of federal, state, and local resources to promote quality childcare provision and equitable access to early childhood support and services. The ECSN provides systems development, professional learning, and technical assistance for the Great Start Network, which includes the Great Start to Quality Resource Centers,  Great Start Collaboratives, and Parent Coalitions. The ECSNs are funded by the Michigan Department of Education through federal Child Care Development Funds.

Western ECSN Staff:

Tamela Mannes - Director of Early Childhood Services

Organizational Lead Western ECSN

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

tmannes@oaisd.org

616-738-8940 x 4133

Erika Burkhardt - Asst. Superintendent of Early Childhood Services

Organizational Lead Western ECSN

Calhoun Intermediate School District

burkhare@calhounisd.org

269-660-1606 x 6154

Julie Dunks - Director of Compliance and Contracts Western ECSN

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

jdunks@oaisd.org

269-580-0098

Kathy Peppin - Director of Traning and Technical Assistance Western ECSN

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

kpeppin@oaisd.org

616-738-8940 x 4019