Washtenaw County

Early Childhood Director's Association

"Our goals are to support directors, to serve as advocates of children's issues, and to provide resource and networking opportunities for early childhood professionals."






FEBRUARY 28, 2018

Topic: Hot Topics in Early Childhood!
Speaker: TBA

This session is designed to allow you to network and problem solve with your peers about the topics most important to you and your work.  More information will be coming soon!


MARCH 28, 2018

Topic: Equity and Inclusion for Early Educators
Speaker: Apple Playschools

This session will guide teachers and administrators in early education programs to self-reflect on issues of equity and inclusion.  We will discuss social identities in ourselves and children and how the early childhood classroom can be a place to challenge societal bias.  We will discover ways we can work with our teams and our communities to challenge implicit biases.  How can we foster truly inclusive programming and what does equity really look like?


APRIL 25, 2018*

ECDA Joint Luncheon (Special registration process)

Topic: Sensory Integration: A Parent's Perspective, A Teacher's Experience
Speaker: Laurie Higgins, BA MA, Morning Star

As a parent with a child diagnosed with Sensory Processing/ Integration Disorder Laurie will share her experience with early childhood teachers and settings, along with her son's struggles and achievements.  As an early childhood professional she will give you strategies to use in the classroom, and tools to make learning a positive experience for children who struggle with sensory issues.  Learn what Sensory Processing/ Integration Disorder looks like, share experiences and ideas, and make and take some classroom tools.


*The April meeting will require a separate registration process and registration fee of $25.00.  You will receive a special registration form a month prior.  The registration form and payment must be returned by the deadline.  Please note that this meeting last longer than the regular monthly meetings.


MAY 23, 2018

Topic: Employee Handbook Basics: What's In, What's Out, and Why It's Important
Speaker: Jacqui Schulte, PLC

Most new business owners hear they need an employee handbook and they get one from a friend or online, put their business name and logo on it and think they're good.  But they're not.  A good Employee Handbook does the "hard work" of managing employees for you. In this seminar we will review legal requirements, business musthaves, and optional provisions. We will also discuss how managers can use the handbook as the basis for addressing problem employee situations.



Who attends the trainings?

The trainings are intended for Directors, Administrators and Leaders of Early Childhood Programs.  Twice a year we offer a joint luncheon with WCAEYC that focuses more on teachers and day to day classroom support.

Can I bring my child to the meeting?

Out of respect for the speakers and participants, we strongly discourage you from bringing your child, the meetings are long and there are no 'play areas' to help entertain them.  Exceptions can be made for in arms infants only with permission.  Please contact our current president Candy Sorensen at 734-975-1840 x.211 if you have any further questions.

Do I have to eat lunch?  Are there alternative menu options available?

The training fee does include lunch, but you are welcome to come for just the training which begins at noon.  If you do plan on eating please arrive at 11:15AM. There are gluten free and vegetarian options available.  You can request 'special dietary requests' when registering for the training.

If I registered to attend a training and I can't make it what do I do?

We understand that the kids come first and we cannot always get away from our programs.  There is no need to contact anyone but unfortunately you are still required to pay for the training.  You can mail your payment to the treasurer or bring it with you to the next meeting.  If you chose to pay ahead for the whole year there will not be a refund if you stop attending the meetings.  You also have the option of sending someone in your place if you can't make it.

Will I receive a certificate of attendance?

Yes, each participant will receive a certificate that includes their name, the topic of discussion, hours of training and date.


Child Care Network

Child Care Network's mission is to promote the success of children, families and our community through quality child care education, advocacy and family support.  Child Care Network is committed to improving the quality of child care and providing resources to help the community make educated choices about early childhood education.  CCN has been providing services to families and early childhood professionals since 1977.  Child Care Network provides services for six southeast Michigan counties: Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw.

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Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC)

The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children is committed to improving the education and welfare of children from birth through age eight.  MiAEYC works for young children, their families, and early childhood professionals.  MiAEYC supports the professional development of its members through quality training, materials and services.  More than 3,000 early childhood educators and suppliers of children's services belong to MiAEYC in 16 affiliate chapters and 3 local chapters.

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National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Founded in 1926, The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.  The association comprises nearly 70,000 individual members of the early childhood community and more than 300 regional Affiliate chapters, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.

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ECDA Steering Committee

Candy Sorensen - President
Child Care Network
Phone: 734-975-1840 x.218

Dorothy Morris - Vice President
Dorothy's Discovery Daycare Center
Phone: 734-483-9684

Beth Renner - Past President
Gretchen's House - WISD
Phone: 734-994-8111 x.1696

Sandra Swan - Secretary
Community Day Care & Preschool
Phone: 734-761-9610

Trudi Hagen - Treasurer
Washtenaw Community College Children's Center
Phone: 734-973-3539

Patty Sherwood - Membership/Mailing
Adventure Center
Phone: 734-434-0505

Debbie Belcher - Joint Luncheon
The Discovery Center
Phone: 734-663-7496

Sandi Matley - Joint Luncheon
Gingerbread House
Phone: 734-429-1270

Carrie Anderson - Communications
Morning Star Child Care
Phone: 734-424-9193

Laura Griswold - SBS/QPP Liaison
Gretchen's House - Admin.
Phone: 734-761-2576 ext. 200

Kate VanHorn, Public Policy
Apple Playschools
Phone: 586-246-3874

Tammie King - WCSACCA Liaison
Bemis Farms Preschool & Child Care Center
Phone: 734-944-1709

Kay Retzlaff - WCAEYC Liaison
Teddy Bear Day Care
Phone: 734-482-6161

Members at Large:

Chrissy McKiddie
Gretchen's House - DhuVarren
Phone: 734-821-2801

Karin Nowak
Gretchen's House - Oak Valley
Phone: 734-327-6125

Nuola Akinde
Green Apple Garden Playschool
Phone: 734-369-8248

Shannon Peitz
Gretchen's House - Traver
Phone: 734-761-7031

Shannon Steinbach
Gretchen's House - North Creek
Phone: 734-433-2652


For more information, contact us at: info@wcecda.com