Great Start to Quality

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Kent Resource Center 

Great Start to Quality Kent Resource Center helps families find the best early learning settings for their children and helps educators improve the care they provide to children.

Provider Resources

Need resources from our lending library? Contact us at or call (616) 447-5678

Relative Caregivers - You are now required to take the Great Start to Quality Orientation to continue receiving payment from the State of Michigan to care for children. YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND THIS TRAINING - SPACES ARE LIMITED!

Go to Great Start to Quality's Educator page and click on "Professional Development" to find a training date and location. Or, call our office at 616.447.5678


Great Start Collaborative


The Great Start Collaborative of Kent County is a group of local professionals and parents who are working with First Steps and others in the community to help ensure all children have a GREAT START in life.

Our local Collaborative is part of a network of 55 Great Start Collaboratives working in every county in Michigan. The Great Start system is funded by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, a public corporation formed in 2005.

There is a Great Start parent Coalition affiliated with every Great Start Collaborative, providing parents with an opportunity to inform, shape, and support the early childhood work in their community.  Learn more about the Great Start Parent Coalition in Kent County.

For more information about the Great Start Collaborative please contact the director at 616.632.1019

Looking for a way to pay for it all? Apply for a T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship!

TEACH Scholarship Website

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MICHIGAN links education, compensation and commitment to improving the quality of early education.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MICHIGAN is a statewide scholarship program designed to help child care center teaching staff, preschool teachers, family child care providers, group home owners, center directors, and administrators meet their professional development goals, while continuing their current employment in regulated early childhood and school age care settings.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MICHIGAN addresses two major challenges in the early education and care field – low wages and high turnover. The scholarship helps increase compensation and the retention of skilled teachers. 
The education level of child care providers is one of the most critical indicators of the quality of a child’s experiences in child care.

Currently, there are five scholarship models to support 
credit-based education:

  • Building Foundations
  • CDA Assessment
  • Part-time Associate's Degree
  • Associate's Degree (or CDA Training)
  • Bachelor's Degree.

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® MICHIGAN, the scholarship recipient, and the sponsoring program work in partnership.

Access the Early Learning & Development Programs Great Start to Quality User Guide

Great Start to Quality User Guide


Contact Us

Great Start to Quality Kent Resource Center
864 Crahen Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
(616) 447-5678
Fax (616) 301-8836