Southwest Resource Center

The Great Start to Quality Southwest Resource Center works with a variety of Community Partners to ensure we are in alignment with individual community's goals for early childhood, are working together to improve the quality of care and are informing local and state leadership of the needs of parents and providers.

Child Care Resources Board of Directors 

  • Aaron Snead, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Amy Beach, Independent Early Childhood Consultant
  • Isabella Robinson, International Pre-K  Child Care Center
  • Kristina Wade, PNC
  • Kathleen Wade-Jones, Parent
  • Thelma Carter, Group Home Child Care Provider
  • Angelique Kuipers, Attorney
  • Linda Dove, Western Michigan University

Resource Advisory Team 

  • Allegan Great Start Collaborative Director
  • Allegan Great Start Parent Coalition Liaison
  • Barry Great Start Collaborative Director
  • Barry Great Start Parent Coalition Liaison
  • Berrien Great Start Collaborative Director
  • Berrien Great Start Parent Coalition Liaison
  • Branch Great Start Collaborative Director
  • Branch Great Start Parent Coalition Liaison
  • Calhoun Great Start Collaborative Director
  • Calhoun Great Start Parent Coalition Liaison
  • Cass Great Start Collaborative Director
  • Cass Great Start Parent Coalition Liaison
  • Kalamazoo Great Start Collaborative Director
  • Kalamazoo Parent Coalition Liaison
  • St. Joseph Great Start Collaborative Director
  • St. Joseph Great Start Parent Coalition Liaison
  • Van Buren Great Start Collaborative Director
  • Van Buren Great Start Parent Coalition Liaison
  • Linda Dove, Western Michigan University
  • Regena Nelson, Western Michigan University
  • Carrie Harris, LARA Child Care Licensing Consultant
  • Sherry Van Maarten, Home Child Care Provider
  • Demarra Gardner, Change Agent Consulting
  • Kristen Tenney-Blackwell, Infant/Toddler Mental Health Consultant

In addition, our Resource Center staff work with a variety of other community agencies and groups as members of committees and coalitions. These committees and coalitions work to improve the conditions for all children in our region.