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

Announcement: Award Notice for Great Start to Quality Resource Centers

Early Childhood Support Networks announce the selection of ten Great Start to Quality Regional Resource Centers.
Click here to read the announcement.

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
  • Funding Statements Folder IconFunding Statements
    • 32P Required Funding Statement
    • These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

    • Great Start to Quality Funding Statement
    • Funding from the Office of Great Start within the Michigan Department of Education supports the implementation of Great Start.

    • Trusted Advisors Grant Application for 2021
      • All publications, including reports, films, brochures and any project materials developed with funding from this program, must state (1) the percentage and dollar amounts of the total program or project costs financed with Federal funds and (2) the percentage and dollar amount of the total costs financed by nongovernmental sources.
      • For each publication that results from HHS grant-supported activities, recipients must include an acknowledgment of grant support, such as the following:

       “The project described was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0055-01-0090TP0002, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

      • Recipients also must include a disclaimer stating the following:

      “Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Child Care, the Administration for Children and Families, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

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!

Statewide Trends in the 2020 Great Start Data Set

How do I know how kids are doing, statewide, and in my area? Please join Kids Count in Michigan for a webinar on using the Great Start Data Set. This tool provides you with information to track and evaluate the four early childhood outcomes. Participants will learn about statewide trends in child well-being and practice using the data set to gather information about kids in their communities. Get the data you need to support your work and improve outcomes for kids! Please come prepared for a hands-on session.

The data set can be accessed by using the case sensitive password "ECSN2020" at this link: https://mlpp.org/great-start-data-set/.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

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