Providers & Educators

The Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC), with funding from the Michigan Department of Education-Office of Great Start, has been working over the past three fiscal years to explore how best to expand Great Start to Quality to include programs serving schoolagers. This work has focused on being inclusive of all settings serving schoolagers since each out-of-school time program is unique.

During 2016 and 2017 ECIC has conducted pilots with out-of-school time programs and providers. Those listed below are programs that participated in the pilot and currently have a published rating.  We are currently recruiting for the second pilot of 2017.  To learn more you can view this flyer.  If you think you might be interested use the button on the top right of this page to complete the Out-of-School Time Pilot Interest Survey.

Out-Of-School Time Pilot of Great Start to Quality 2016-17

Program Director

Program Name License Number Location Star Rating
Wendy Ayers YMCA School Age at Emmons Lake Elementary DC410285100 Caledonia

YMCA School Age at Emmons Lake Elementary 3 Star rating

Tara Ball M & M Extra Care at Grand River Academy  DC820360910 Belleville M&M Extra Care at Grand River Academy 3 Star rating
LaDawn Caldwell Cradles to Crayons Child Care DC330379411 Central Cradles to Crayons 1 Star rating
Melissa Cochrill Rockford BAC Valley View DC410021237 Kent   M&M Extra Care at Grand River Academy 3 Star rating 
Kelley Deck The Davinci Primary School DC380275169 Jackson The Davinci Primary School 3 Star rating
Candy Higgins   DG460371170 Adrian Candy Higgins 3 Star rating
Nichelle La Master Elmwood Elementary School DC230315019 Lansing Elmwood Elementary School 3 Star rating
JoAnn Leupp Tecumseh Child Care @ Patterson DC460384391 Tecumseh Speckled Frog Learning Center 4 Star rating
Bobby Ludwick Parkwood Upjohn Primetime DC390295679 Kalamazoo Parkwood Upjohn Primetime 3 Star rating
Cassie Nickels Marshall Upper Elementary DC820308472 Westland Marshall Upper Elementary 4 Star rating
Malinda Olmstead BLAST at Union City Middle School DC120252870 Union City BLAST at Union City Middle School 4 Star rating
Suzanne Sargent   Speckled Frog Learning Center DC580268662  Monroe

Speckled Frog Learning Center 4 Star rating

Kim Schmidt Schmidt, Kim Helena DF740086331 Allenton YMCA School Age at Emmons Lake Elementary 3 Star rating

History of Out-Of-School Time

Starting in 2013, the Michigan Department of Education-Office of Great Start awarded funding to ECIC to explore how to expand Great Start to Quality to include programs and providers serving schoolagers (children from kindergarten entry to age 12). This work has engaged stakeholders at every level of the system from state level government officials to program staff. This inclusion of out-of-school time programs and providers in Great Start to Quality will provide out-of-school time care and education programs with quality improvement supports such as trainings, materials, one-on-one specialized consultation and other resources. Michigan is keeping pace with the nation in expansion of our quality rating and improvement system, Great Start to Quality, to include out-of-school time care and education programs and providers.

Resources for Out-Of-School Time

There are resources available to help you understand high-quality care for out-of-school time programs and providers.

Michigan Out-Of-School Time Standards of Quality

The Michigan Out-Of-School Time Standards of Quality

Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Development Professionals

The Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool and Youth Development Professionals