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Child Care Expulsion Prevention Program (CCEP)


Mental Health Services to Children & Families, MDCH, 04/25/05


What is CCEP?


CCEP programs provide early childhood mental health consultation for parents and child care providers caring for children ages 0-5, who are experiencing behavioral or emotional challenges that put them at risk for expulsion from child care.  CCEP aims to reduce expulsions, improve the quality of child care, and increase the number of parents and providers who successfully nurture the social-emotional development of infants, toddlers and preschoolers.


There are 12 CCEP projects (serving 26 Michigan counties) funded through the Michigan Department of Human Services and administered by the Michigan Department of Community Health in collaboration with the Michigan Community Coordinated Child Care (4C) Association. Community mental health agencies partner with local/regional 4C offices to implement these projects.  Several other CCEP-type projects in Michigan are funded by different sources. 


What do CCEP programs offer?


Short-term child/family-centered consultation for children with challenging behaviors:

·     Observation of child at home and at child care

·     Functional assessment of child’s behavior

·     Individualized plan of service developed by team

·     Intervention (e.g., coaching and supporting parents and providers to learn new ways to interact with the child, providing educational resources for parents and providers, arranging for specialized evaluations, modifying the physical environment, connecting the family to community resources, providing counseling for families in crisis, etc.)


Programmatic consultation:

·     Training for administrators, staff and parents

·     Strategies and curricula to promote social-emotional competence

·     Quality improvement activities

·     Strategies to improve communication among administrators, staff and parents

·     Support to promote the mental health of child care staff and parents


Why are CCEP programs needed?


·     60.9% of children under the age of six in Michigan require child care.

·     The prevalence of challenging behavior among infants, toddlers and preschool-age children in early care and learning settings ranges from 3-15%.

·     Child care programs are expelling increasing numbers of children due to challenging behavior.  A recent survey revealed that nearly 2% of the children in a Michigan county were expelled over a 12-month period.

·     Research shows that early intervention is the key to promoting social-emotional competence and school success among young children. 


How do I find out more about CCEP programs in Michigan?


Contact Mary Mackrain, CCEP statewide technical assistant consultant, at 248 594-3250 or mackrain@aol.com.


Michigan Child Care Expulsion Prevention (CCEP) Projects Funded by the Department of Human Services


Berrien County

            Child Care Expulsion Prevention 

            269 934-1607


Calhoun County

            CARE (Consultation And Resources for Early Education)

            269 441-6088 


Clinton, Eaton, Ingham Counties

KEEP (Keeping Early Education Positive)

517 346-8053


Kent County

Arbor Circle KEEP (Keeping Early Education Positive)

616 456-6571


Livingston County

Success for Kids in Child Care

517 548-9112 


Macomb County

            Child Care Expulsion Prevention Program

            586 466-6912


Muskegon County

            Child Care Solutions

            231 767-7299, Ext. 7604


Saginaw County

            HUGS (Help Us Grow Strong) Preschool and Day Care Support

            989 797-3570


Upper Peninsula (All 15 Counties)

UP BEARS (Promoting Behavioral, Emotional, & Resiliency Skills)

906 228-3362     


Wayne County

A Circle of Caring       

734 785-7705, Ext. 7220, 7190, or 7191


Care Connections

313 531-2500, Ext. 2108


Child Care Expulsion Prevention (Southwest Solutions)

313 896-2808, Ext. 117




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