Early Childhood Education

NEW!  Positive Parenting Pilot

We at the Berrien RESA Early Childhood Education department have been offered a wonderful opportunity to participate in a pilot of a positive parenting program that was developed by a nationally recognized leader in the field of early childhood, Zero to Three (https://www.zerotothree.org/)

You know how to support your child. And we know how to support parents. Join us for a series of 10 workshops designed to help parents of babies and toddlers make the most of the first three years. You’ll:
  • Connect with other parents of young children.
  • Get guidance on your child’s temperament and development.
  • Find new ways to help your child learn through playtime.
  • Discover how to calm your little one when they are overwhelmed (and learn other strategies for managing challenging behavior).
  • Think about daily routines that make family life easier.

Starting soon for parents of kids from 8 months to 3 years of age! All online. All free. We are currently looking for parents that would like to participate in this pilot. If you are interested and/or would like more information, please fill out this form.

Positive Parenting Pilot

We are looking for Parent Representatives!
Earn up to $500 per year!

The Berrien RESA ECE Advisory Council Parent Representative’s role is to:

  • Attend meetings 4 times a year for 1 ½ hours each meeting.  Meetings are currently held at the Berrien RESA.  
  • Be able to commit to attending at least 75% of the meetings and complete at least a 1 year term.
  • Be able to communicate with Committee Chair through email.
  • Bring your valuable perspective as a parent and community member to the Advisory Council.
  • Share your experiences, ideas, and voice in ways that will help the RESA Early Childhood Programs provide the highest quality services to the families of Berrien County.
  • Serve as a community voice by providing information about your role and the Berrien RESA Early Childhood programs to the parents and professionals in your network.

You are encouraged to learn more and to apply!


What do we do?

Through high quality programs, leadership and expertise, we partner with families, schools, and community agencies to ensure that all children, birth through third grade, thrive and reach their potential.

Birth to Three

Birth to Three Services supports families with children under the age of 3 by partnering with parents and caregivers. We work together with parents to advocate for their family and child around needs and supports for school readiness and community connections. Services are focused around day to day routines and activities. 

We offer a range of services to support ALL families in the Berrien RESA service area.

We are here for YOU!

  • Early On
  • Parents as Teachers
  • Home visits
  • Developmental screenings
  • Eligibility evaluations for Early On and Special Education
  • Ongoing assessment of child’s development
  • Community playgroups
  • Early On classrooms
  • Special Education evaluations for local school districts



Playgroups and Family Fun:

Parenting and School Readiness Information:

How You Can Get Involved:

Contact us!

kerenda applebey

Director of Early Childhood Education
Kerenda Applebey 
Tel: 269-471-7725 ext. 3330
Fax: 269-473-1113

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