Northern Early Childhood Support Network

 The Great Start to Quality Upper Peninsula (UP) Resource Center serves Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, and Schoolcraft counties. Located in Marquette, our Resource Center helps families find child care in the Upper Peninsula and supports providers with improving their program.

Great Start to Quality UP Resource Center offers support to Upper Peninsula child care providers and educators to improve the quality of their programs by providing individualized consultation, coaching and access to training and resources. 

Our Resource Center also supports families in their search for high-quality child care and preschool. If you’re looking for local Head Start and low cost programs, our Resource Center staff can help with your search. 

We offer a Lending Library which is a free educational resource for you and your children!  The Lending Library is designed to encourage and enhance the learning experience at home, school, child care and preschool. 

Our Center Staff

Program Director

Deb Dupras

Contact Deb at 906-228-3362 or

Quality Improvement Specialists

  • Kristen Carlson - Serving Alger and Marquette Counties
  • Misty Lefebvre – Serving Dickinson and Iron Counties
  • Cori Towns – Serving Delta, Menominee and Schoolcraft Counties
  • Kelly Barr, Quality Improvement Specialist - Serving Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac Counties.
  • Julie Catherino, Quality Improvement Specialist - Serving Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon Counties.

Quality Improvement Consultants

  • Brooke Javurek – Serving Dickinson, Delta, Menominee and Iron Counties
  • Meagan Guindon – Serving Marquette, Alger, Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties
  • Faith Gaubault - Serving Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac, Schoolcraft Counties

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns!

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.