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Upcoming Events

October 25, 2023

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850 W. Sharon Avenue, Suite 6
Houghton, MI 49931
Iola Brubaker, Director
906.482.9353 [fax]



State Resources

Great Start CONNECT Part of the Great Start Child Care Quality Project, the ECIC has launched Great Start CONNECT to help link parents and those caring for young children with the resources, supports and services needed to give Michigan children a Great
Start. Great Start CONNECT is our online statewide database of licensed, registered child care and early education programs in Michigan.

Bridges4Kids provides a comprehensive system of information and referral for parents and professionals seeking help for children from birth through transition to adult life.

Michigan's Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) was created in August of 2005 to ensure that every young child in Michigan has a Great Start and arrives at the kindergarten door healthy and ready to succeed in school, with parents who are committed to educational achievement. The Copper Country Great Start Collaborative operates through a grant received from the ECIC.

Early On Michigan assists families with infants and toddlers, from birth until they turn 36 months or 3 years of age, who may be experiencing delays in their development or if they have a diagnosed disability.

Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support and education to families of children and adults with disabilities from birth to age 26 who are in the educational system.

Michigan Department of Human Services is Michigan's public assistance, child and family welfare agency. DHS directs the operations of public assistance and service programs through a network of over 100 county offices around the state. Services include cash, food, child support, child care and medical assistance, as well as emergency, protective and juvenile justice services.

Your Child: Development and Behavior Resources is a clearinghouse for comprehensive information on children’s development and behavior.  This site is intended to help parents navigate the overwhelming amount of information available on the Internet.  It also provides parents a means to link up with support groups, agencies, organizations, and other tools and resources.

Prevention Network - Parenting Awareness Michigan (PAM) celebrates people raising children and promotes year round education and resources for parents and caregivers. Its mission is to promote parenting awareness, education, and resources through state outreach and local effort.

MI Healthy Baby is the Michigan Department of Community Health’s free resource for help before, during and after pregnancy.” 


Michigan Sandbox Party is a nonpartisan movement for Michigan residents who recognize the need to make sure infants, toddlers and other children are healthy, strong and ready to go when they arrive at the kindergarten door. It’s also for those who understand the crucial role that school-ready children play in Michigan's economic revival.

Kids Count The latest Kids Count in Michigan Data Book underscores the
need to act to help children in Michigan with eight of 15 indicators of child well-being showing worsening trends.




This project was developed under a grant awarded by and Michigan Department of Education.