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  • NEW! Are you a parent or child care provider in Wayne County looking for help with a difficult child or in need of resources to best handle tantrums, aggression, or possible developmental delays?  The Care Connections program at Development Centers, Inc. offers free services designed to help young children ages birth to five succeed in any child care setting.  To find out more please call Ms. Lynnell Morrison @ (313) 531-2500 ext. 2125.   

  • LAP Respite Center - "Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for family caregivers, by creatively providing a wide range of high-quality, accessible, and affordable respite services. Our respite services are available to families living in central Michigan in the counties of Ingham, Eaton and Clinton."

  • All You Need To Know About Me: A Personal Information Guide From Families to Caregivers (PDF) - This booklet will help you share important information with care providers about a loved one who needs special care. Fill out as much of it as you can. Not only will it help your loved one to be better understood and cared for, it will also help both you and your care provider feel more comfortable while you are away. The more information you provide, the better able your provider will be to care for your loved one.

  • Daycare & Respite for Children with Autism: Tips for Parents and Providers - Our experiences with childcare have been both positive and negative. In Michael’s current childcare setting, employees use structure, a steady temperament and patience, blended with a series of choices to positively engage Michael during his visit – whether it is for an hour or for ten hours.

Information on the Child Care Bureau


The Child Care Bureau's Mission
The Child Care Bureau is dedicated to enhancing the quality, affordability, and availability of child care for all families. The Child Care Bureau administers federal funds to states, territories, and tribes to assist low-income families in accessing quality child care for children when the parents work or participate in education or training.
Overview of the Child Care and Development Fund
This program, authorized by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, PL 104-193, assists low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance in obtaining child care so they can work or attend training/education. Show Federal Fiscal Years 2002-2003 CCDF overview and other general CCDF information.




Integrate Children with Disabilities into Preschool
ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education


Resource Guide: Selected Early Childhood / Early Intervention Training Materials, 8th Edition (1999) (PDF)
by Camille Catlett and Pam Winston
University of North Carolina
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center




August 2002: Respite Care Legislation Introduced in House


 Articles Related to Childcare


MI Children's Rights Sues Over Michigan's Foster Care System - "There are roughly 19,000 children in the Michigan child welfare system. The lawsuit names children with case examples of child welfare system failures."


Special Needs for School-Age Children: Child Care for Children with Special Needs


Design of Child Care Centers and Effects of Noise on Young Children - There is a considerable amount of research documenting the effects of noise on children. The effects are largely negative. In this presentation, Dr. Lorraine E. Maxwell & Dr. Gary W. Evans of Cornell University will inform you of the findings of research in this field, discuss current research by Maxwell and Evans, and finally outline design issues related to noise and child care centers.


MI Child Care Expulsion Prevention Program - A program to assist child care centers, called the Child Care Expulsion Prevention (CCEP) Initiative, is available to provide support. CCEP provides trained early childhood mental health professionals to team with child care providers and parents who care for children age 0-5 who are experiencing or are at risk of behavioral and emotional difficulties.


MI Governor Granholm, Director Hollister Highlight Change in Day Care Rules to Emphasize Early Education, Reading - Beginning this year, Michigan day care providers will be required to read for 30 minutes a day to the children in their care.


MI Day Care Grants Announced - Gov. Jennifer Granholm along with Nanette BOWLER, director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, on Friday [5-9-03] announced $741,555 in day care grants including $524,590 to 172 providers and childcare centers.


MI Auditors Urge Better Records Review for Child Care Providers


MI Engler Signs into Law Bill Exempting School-Based Child Care from Licensing Req.


MA Staples' growing child-care center serves as state, national model


MI Gongwer 9-26-02 Childcare Licensing Restructured, Releases Web Reports


Gongwer 7/25/02 MI Supreme Court Rules Family Day Care Homes Violate Restrictive Covenants: The court, in another divided opinion, ruled family day care homes in residential areas violate restrictive covenants prohibiting the use of homes for commercial and business uses.  Mr. Markman, joined by Ms. Corrigan, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Young (in Terrien v. Zwit, SC docket No. 115924) said since the operation of a day care center out of a home is a commercial business for the purpose of making a profit, they can be banned by municipalities’ restrictive covenants.  In dissent, Ms. Kelly, joined by Mr. Cavanagh, said zoning ordinances should be interpreted according to how the use of the land affects the general plan of the area, and in this case the use of the home as a day care center did not affect the general plan.  Such an interpretation, they said, would preclude such activities as freelance writing and babysitting.


Some portions of the above information is from: The National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC), a project of the Child Care Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a national resource that links information and people to complement, enhance, and promote the child care delivery system, working to ensure that all children and families have access to high-quality comprehensive services.


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