Meeting a mandate without cost
Leaps and Bounds acquires cribs through Great Start Child Care Quality Program
Article posted by Ken Grabowski,
Sept. 8, 2011
Manistee News Advocate
MANISTEE –Education institutions throughout the state are finding it increasingly difficult to secure shrinking state funding for items that are essential to running their programs and that is why it is important for school officials to seek out help wherever it may present itself.
The Leaps & Bounds Early Education Center that is run out of the Onekama Consolidated Schools recently saved the program a substantial amount of money by taking part in a Crib Exchange that brought them seven new cribs. It was all due to director Amy Brown and others associated with the program finding out about this unique one-time program.
“We were invited to attend a “crib exchange” that was coordinated by the Great Start Child Care Quality Program where all seven of our old cribs were replaced with seven new cribs at no cost to the center,” said Brown. “The federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was appropriated by the Michigan legislature and allocated to the Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC). The ECIC then decided to use those funds to help purchase the cribs.”
Brown said they have quite a few infants in the program this year, and the cribs will be put to good use during the upcoming year. She said with tight budgets it just wasn’t possible for them purchase the cribs on their own.
“Six of those cribs are being used every day as this year we have quite a few new babies,” said Brown. “It is improving the quality of the program to the children, and for us to purchase that many cribs would have cost us about $3,000, which we don’t have funds to do.”
However, it was necessary that Leaps & Bounds qualify for the program before they could receive the cribs.