2018-02-01 / News

Services Available To Help Those Seeking To Start Child Care Facilities

Assistance is available in the Eastern Upper Peninsula for those who wish to start childcare facilities from the Upper Peninsula Resource Center’s Great Start to Quality. The program offers licensed local child care providers that participate in it with free support and resources.

“I would not say that it is hard [to start a child care facility], but takes commitment from the applicant,” Great Start EUP Quality Improvement Consultant Heather Bird told The St. Ignace News. “They are required to go through the registration or licensing process of their home. Along with the licensing process, the applicant must consider providing a developmentally appropriate environment for the children. Both of these pieces of preparation take time, diligence, and do have an associated cost. The applicant is not only opening a business, but an early childhood experience for the children in care.”

Those looking for assistance as they complete their application to start a childcare facility can contact Great Start to Quality for support. The organization can be reached through its Web site, greatstarttoquality.org, or by calling Amy Beach at (906) 630-8053.

A variety of support services are available to those applying to start childcare facilities. Previous assistance provided by Great Start has included facilitating grants for improvements, free use of a lending library, low cost professional development, and individual coaching consultations.

Mrs. Bird said that of late there is a slow increase in the area’s child population. Demand for childcare varies by the season in the Eastern Upper Peninsula, and many local providers have openings available during the winter, but they fill up as warmer weather approaches. There is a seasonal shortage of childcare available during the summer months.

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