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."






JANUARY 22, 2020

Topic: Being IN Conflict
Speaker: Christine Snyder, Director, University of Michigan Health System - Children's Center

Explore components of and personal feelings about conflict between adults, practice recognizing what is happening in a conflict, and develop strategies to engage in productive conflict resolution.


FEBRUARY 26, 2020

Topic: Hot Topics in Early Childhood!

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.  Guided discussions on topics you help determine.


MARCH 25, 2020

Topic: Family Engagement - It Matters!
Speaker: Beth Melampy

As early childhood educators we focus so much on creating developmentally appropriate environments for children, that we can forget that families are the child’s first and most important educators.  Family engagement strategies allow knowledgeable caregivers and families to combine their expertise for the benefit of the child.  In this workshop we will explore the research, common roadblocks and strategies to support family engagement in your setting.


APRIL 22, 2020*

ECDA Joint Meeting with the Southern Chapter of MiAEYC (Special registration process)

Topic: Teaching Inclusion
Speakers: Katie Andrews

Join us as we explore issues of implicit bias, marginalized groups, and dominant culture in order to better understand how to promote inclusion in early childhood settings.


*The April meeting will require a separate registration process and registration fee.  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 lasts one (1) hour longer than the regular monthly meetings, ending at 3:00 p.m.


MAY 27, 2020

Topic: Director's Tool Box
Speakers: Carrie Anderson & Debbie Belcher

Join us for this session to add some tools to your "Director Tool Box".  We will celebrate successes, share director tips and tricks, and discuss team building and working together.



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 Carrie Anderson at 734-424-9193 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

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

Shannon Peitz - Vice President/ Communications
Gretchen's House - Traver
Phone: 734-761-7031

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

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

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

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

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

Kay Retzlaff - Southern Chapter of MiAEYC Liaison
Teddy Bear Day Care
Phone: 734-482-6161

Members at Large:

Chrissy McKiddie
Gretchen's House - Dhu Varren
Phone: 734-769-4403

Shannon Peitz
Gretchen's House - North Creek
Phone: 734-821-2800

Tia Garrett
Teddy Bear Day Care
Phone: 734-482-6161


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