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Child Care

Great Start to Quality measures the quality of early childhood programs and providers in Michigan by using more than 40 program quality indicators aligned with Michigan's Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Infant and Toddler Programs and Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Prekindergarten. The program quality indicators are standards used to measure the quality of a program in a specific area. Each program quality indicator falls into one of five categories.

The five categories used to measure quality include:

  1. Staff Qualifications and Professional Development - The training and any education or degrees completed by providers and their staff.
  2. Family and Community Partnerships - How programs offer support, and interact with, the families they serve and within the community.
  3. Administration and Management - How a program’s policies guide the way they run their program.
  4. Environment – The safety of a program and how they support the health and wellness of the children.
  5. Curriculum and Instruction – The tools a program uses to teach, accommodate needs and track development of the children in their care.

These categories, and their corresponding program quality indicators, are how programs and providers are rated when they complete their Self-Assessment Survey. Each star rating achieved by a program demonstrates a different level of quality.

All licensed programs and providers in Michigan have a program profile on Great Start to Quality, where they appear as an Empty Star. If they choose to participate in the Great Start to Quality rating process, they will be rated on a scale of one- to five-stars.

Child Care Data Tables

Child Care data in the State of the Detroit Child are split across three tables, descriptions of which follow.

The table D3-Child-Care-Centers houses data on the following columns:

Columns Description
Centers Number of licensed child care facilities.
GrpHmeCnt Number of group homes.
FamHmeCnt Number of family homes.
LicCenCnt Number of licensed child care centers.

The table D3-Child-Care-Programs houses data on the following columns:

Columns Description
LicCenCnt Number of licensed child care centers.
EarlyHSCnt Number of early Head Start programs.
GSRPCnt Number of GSRP programs.
HSCnt Number of Head Start programs.

The table D3-Child-Care-Capacity houses data on the following columns:

Columns Description
Capacity Capacity of licensed child care facilities.
CapEarlyHS Capacity of early head start programs.
CapGSRP Capacity of GSRP programs.
CapHS Capacity of Head Start programs.