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We've been providing exceptional care since 1988!

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One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove ... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child. ~unknown

 

 

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FYI

Our program has been chosen to receive the Michigan Enhanced Quality Improvement Program Grant!

LANSING – Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Marianne Udow has announced that our program has been awarded the Michigan EQUIP (Enhanced Quality Improvement Program) Grant! 

"Quality care can help ensure our children get the great start in life they deserve," said Granholm.

I would like to thank The Michigan 4C Association for choosing my grant proposal for funding, and I would also like to sincerely thank Governor Jennifer Granholm, Senator Tom George, and State Representative Jacob Hoogendyk, for their continued support in funding the Enhanced Quality Improvement Program.

A study prepared by the National Academy of Sciences concluded: “If there is a single critical component to quality, it rests in the relationship between the child and the teacher/caregiver, and in the ability of the adult to be responsive to the child.  But responsiveness extends in many directions: to the child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical characteristics and development.”

Our paramount responsibility is to provide a safe, healthy, nurturing, and responsive environment for children.  The EQUIP grants are a reflection of Michigan's commitment in support of these efforts and they give important recognition to the critical role that we play in providing high-quality care and early education to the children in our communities.

What is the purpose of EQUIP?

 

The purpose of the EQUIP grant is to improve the quality of care and education provided to young children as well as to increase the supply of child care spaces available for infants, toddlers, special needs children and children requiring care during non-traditional working hours.

 

How are decisions made for granting awards?

EQUIP grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Each proposal is scored for completeness of information and whether the proposal addresses the goals of the program. The highest scoring proposals receive grants.

What are we getting?

We have chosen, in part, to use the EQUIP grant funding for the installation of an egress window and a HEPA Air Purifier, thus allowing for important improvements in the health and safety of our children and staff.

Here you can view and download pictures from our photo gallery, learn the words to the songs your children are singing, view our monthly curriculum themes, read articles of interest, and more!

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We are currently in the process of earning  national accreditation through the NAFCC!

 

Accreditation gives you an outside expert's measure of quality


Accreditation standards are based on years of research by child care experts, who identify the best practices in child care and translate those practices into the highest and most comprehensive standards set for child care.  The standards are revised periodically, as the body of information about children's needs grows.


Several highly respected national child care organizations offer accreditation. Each organization's standards are specific to the type of care they assess: child care centers, family child care homes, or school-age programs.  Unlike state licensing standards, which vary considerably from state to state, each organization's standards are the same throughout the U.S., and in some cases, worldwide.

When providers apply for accreditation, they begin a process that can take more than a year to complete. Everyone in the organization must be willing to:

  • Do a thorough self-assessment, rating their own practices

  • Receive feedback -- both praise and recommendations for change -- from other teachers and caregivers, administrators, and parents

  • Make changes to meet the accreditation standards

  • Seek additional training if necessary

  • Be carefully observed and evaluated by people from the accrediting organization

The accrediting organization provides assessment tools. The program administrators and staff gather and record detailed information about the program through questionnaires to staff and parents and through observation in classrooms. Providers evaluate their own performance against the accreditation standards. They often spend a good deal of time working to make improvements. Then the accrediting organization sends one or more observers or validators to visit the provider. They spend time interviewing and observing before deciding whether the program meets their standards.

The result of accreditation is that providers are continually evaluating their program and looking for ways to improve it. A study of accredited child care programs showed more child-initiated activities, higher staff morale, better-defined goals, and a more culturally diverse curriculum than in non-accredited care. The provider has voluntarily agreed to meet standards that are more comprehensive than the requirements of state licensing. Accreditation standards describe a setting that nurtures and protects not only the physical safety of children but their intellectual, social, and emotional well-being.

We believe the foundation of a child's sense of self-worth is built with caring and kindness, and children should experience nothing less while entrusted in our care. 

What are we getting?.... 

Filtering the air with a HEPA Air Purifier will provide a healthier environment for everyone, especially children with respiratory difficulties such as asthma. The addition of a larger window will provide for better ventilation, thus reducing air bourn bacteria and the growth of mold and mildew, which can cause or aggravate allergic reactions and lung problems. According to the EPA, since 1980, the biggest increase in asthma cases has been in children under the age of five. 

The EQUIP grant funding will also help us to provide more educational materials for all of our children, as well as children with various learning disabilities including articulation and phonological disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder and children with behavioral challenges.  Learning problems should be addressed as early as possible, as problems that go untreated can lead to a significant decrease in confidence, school phobia and even depression. 

The funding will help us to provide more materials geared at stretching each child’s attention span while aiding in the development of his or her ability to focus. Interactive and fun manipulative toys, games, and other materials can help children learn to better focus as well as to help positively redirect the attention of a child with behavioral difficulties.

Children with articulation or phonological disorders have difficulty making speech sounds correctly and are often difficult to understand.  This grant will provide more materials geared toward helping children practice proper pronunciation.  Providing games that encourage children to sound out words is a fun way to practice the pronunciation of certain sounds.

We are also purchasing more materials that will provide effective and fun ways for children and staff to learn Spanish. 

Securing these funds will greatly enhance the overall quality of our program and more importantly, enrich the lives of our children and their families for years to come.

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