Wednesday, July 1 to Friday, July 31

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Resource Centers

The Great Start to Quality Northwest Resource Center serves Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee, Leelanau, Missaukee, and Wexford counties. If you’re looking for daycare in Northwest Michigan, families in the area utilize our resource center to find the right provider.

As your Great Start to Quality Northwest Resource Center, we support you! Embedded within ten counties, our resource center provides training, support groups, and materials for child care providers and families in Northwest Michigan. 

We provide:

  • Professional Development for both providers and families.       
  • A free Lending Library that offers themed bins, curriculum, administrative books, child development materials, DVDs, gross motor items, assessment tools, and more.
  • Support from Quality Improvement Specialists to help programs navigate Great Start to Quality, and support families searching for child care and preschool options that best meets their needs.
  • Free, on-site, individual consultation from a Quality Improvement Consultant to support home and center-based early learning programs in providing high-quality care to children and families.
  • Professional learning communities for those who serve Infants and Toddlers. Groups meet to discuss and enhance effective strategies for best practice within their setting.
  • Great Start to Quality Orientation.

Our Staff

Candice Hamel - Program Director
Contact: 810-516-0755 or

Quality Improvement Specialists

Quality Improvement Consultants


Community Resources

We work with many people and organizations in the community to provide you, your family and your program with the resources you need to help your family and children succeed.

Local Partners

In order to provide you and the children in our community with the best opportunities, we partner with various people, organizations and places to help make those opportunities available to you.