Communities of Practice (CoP): Early Childhood Program Administrators

Current Chairperson

Co-Chair: Michelle Bahr
Midland County ESA
Director of Special Education
Address: 3917 Jefferson Avenue
Midland, MI 48640
Phone: 989-631-5890 ext.102

Current Chairperson

Co-Chair: Tami Mannes
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
Director of Early Childhood Services
Address: 13565 Port Sheldon St
Holland, MI 49424
Phone: 616-738-8940 ext.4133


The Early Childhood Community of Practice includes supervisors of Early On (birth to 3) and Early Childhood Special Education from across the state.  Our goals are to collaborate and support for practices in early childhood.  We share evidence-based practices and early childhood service delivery models with each other.

Recent projects have included a focus on Early On Systems, Services to Children with Feeding Difficulties & Collaboration with Medical Community in Early On, Staff Evaluation Practices for early childhood staff, Barriers and Success of Early Childhood Inclusion, Collaboration with GSRP and Head Start programs, and Compliance with SPP B7.  We have an early childhood strand at MAASE and Summer Institute, and have been providing full day peer-to-peer learning sessions by visiting each other's programs.