Welcome to the Early Childhood Support Network

The Early Childhood Support Network (ECSN) is comprised of 4 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 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.

Early Childhood Support Network Regional Contacts

COVID-19 Guidance

The state is taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in reducing the coronavirus risk to Michigan residents.

To find more information and resources from the United States Department of Education regarding the coronavirus, visit here.

For information from the federal Center for Disease Control, visit here.

To find more information and resources about the coronavirus in Michigan, visit here.

For Michigan Department of Education guidance related to the coronavirus, visit here.

GSC and RC COVID-19 Guidance & Resources
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    • icon U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Guidance on COVID-19
    • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal, state, and local agencies to facilitate a speedy, whole-of-government response in confronting Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), keeping everyone safe, and helping detect and slow the spread of the virus. To keep the public, media and family members of those in custody and other stakeholders informed, we will update this site frequently during this extremely fluid situation.

    • icon Updated ICE statement on COVID-19
    • Consistent with its sensitive locations policy, during the COVID-19 crisis, ICE will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors' offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances. Individuals should not avoid seeking medical care because they fear civil immigration enforcement.

Great Start Network Staff Changes - Updated Process

The procedure for adding/deleting/editing staff information has been changed and streamlined. Going forward there will be ONE link where you can report all staff edits and changes for any RC/GSC/GSPC staff member.

  • Access and fill out the Great Start Network Staff Change Form.
  • Upon submission of this form the responses will automatically be emailed to ECSN, ECIC, and/or MDE-OGS, who will in turn add, remove or edit staff information associated with important listservs and communication networks ensuring everyone stays up to date and in the loop!
  • You will receive a copy of the responses directly to your email for your records.
  • Process Complete! One form to submit. Thank you!

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

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