Author: United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Is Your Childcare Quality-Rated?

Home-based childcare provider Lorna Parks uses the resources provided by the Great Start to Quality (GTSQ) rating and improvement service to make her child care facility the best that it can be. She’s just one of 5,000 childcare providers in the Metro Detroit area who utilizes the coaching sessions, group...

Forty Percent of Children Start School Unprepared to Learn—Here’s How You Can Help

We’ve all had a few moments in life where we’ve felt woefully unprepared. Waking up on the day of a big test, knowing that you didn’t study enough. Underdressing for a formal occasion. Stepping into the car on that first day of driver’s training. But for children entering kindergarten, being...

Five Things to Look for in a Quality Childcare Program

By Carissa Knoles, M.A., ECE Quality Improvement Consultant, Bib to Backpack Team at United Way for Southeastern Michigan Learning starts long before kindergarten, and quality childcare and preschool programs can help kids succeed in school, work and life. GreatStartToQuality.org makes it easy for families to identify quality child care and...

8 Activities to Encourage Learning With Your Toddler

Learning starts long before a child straps on a backpack and enters a classroom. At United Way for Southeastern Michigan, we want to help children reach their fullest potential, which is why we offer resources to help parents and caregivers make sure learning starts at day one of their child’s life.  Here are 8 easy and fun activities to try...

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