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."






DECEMBER 2018 - No Meeting


JANUARY 23, 2019

Topic: Stewards of Children: Darkness to Light
Speaker: Marcia Dykstra, WACC

Child sexual abuse has been in news reports over the past few years, but many adults are unaware how to recognize it, respond to it, or their role to prevent it. Our best strategy to prevent child sexual abuse is teaching adults the prevalence of child sexual abuse within our society, how to recognize it, appropriately respond to it, and report it.


FEBRUARY 27, 2019

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 27, 2019

Topic: The Anxious Child
Speaker: Stacie Knox

Do you have a child who is nervous to join large groups?  A child who worries about when a parent will return?  A child who bites his nails?  Anxiety is not just diagnosable for adults.  Children are also susceptible to intense, debilitating worry.  This workshop will help the caregiver of these children to recognize anxiety and gain skills to teach coping mechanisms to the anxious child.


APRIL 24, 2019*

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

Topic: Every Child Ready to Read: Building Kids' Brains before Kindergarten
Speaker: Kristel Sexton, MSI Youth Librarian & Kristen Hamilton, B.A. Youth Paraprofessional

We will discuss the six pre-literacy skills every child needs to master before learning to read and how to teach those skills through storytime.  We'll go through a storytime live together and show how to do one story in many ways.  We'll also recommend new picture books, including ones that promote diversity and inclusion, and discuss how libraries support local communities and early childhood programs.  Every attendee will have the opportunity to make and take a flannel story.


*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.  This meeting lasts one hour longer than the regular monthly meetings, ending at 3:00 p.m.


MAY 22, 2019

Topic: Finding Magnificent Millennials... and Keeping Them Happy
Speaker: Laura Griswold & Michele Davis

This session will focus on strategies for recruiting and retaining millennials.  Understanding the values of the largest demographic in our workforce, is the key to having a successful program.



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 ext.218 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 ext.218

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

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

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

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

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

Tammie King - WCSACCA Liaison
Bemis Farms Preschool & Child Care Center
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 - Mt. Vernon
Phone: 734-769-4403

Shannon Peitz
Gretchen's House - Dhu Varren
Phone: 734-821-2800

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


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