Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District is working in cooperation with state and local partners to support the Executive Order issued by Governor Whitmer Wednesday that expands child care access for working families feeling the stress of the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
CGRESD’s priority is to connect local essential workers to child care providers who have the capacity to provide care for their children. Those members of the essential workforce should visit www.helpmegrow-mi.org/essential. From there, their information will be routed to agencies in the community who will help them find care.
CGRESD is also working with local school districts to put in place contingency plans to open emergency child care centers in some existing licensed school facilities. At this time, these facilities will only be activated if the pressure on the existing local child care capacity is exceeded. The first priority is to support existing providers who have the capacity to provide care for the essential workforce.
Questions can be directed to CGRESD Early Childhood Director Kendra Curtiss-Tomaski at 989.386.8656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Math in the Mail focuses on developing math skills in three-year-olds by providing the tools needed in the home environment for parents and caregivers. Children from Clare and Gladwin Counties, as well as surrounding counties can be enrolled in the program. Families enrolled in the Math in the Mail program will receive a free kit in the mail six times per year that will contain materials, resources and instructions for several age-appropriate math activities.
Math in the Mail is part of a region-wide focus to better prepare our students for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences and STEM careers. To enroll, families should visit the Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative website, or call (989) 737-9532. Enrollment is on-going.
This initiative is funded by the Dow Corning Foundation, and represents a collaboration between the Bay-Arenac ISD, Clare-Gladwin RESD, Gratiot-Isabella RESD, Midland ESA, and the Saginaw ISD.