Early Childhood Administrators Network

Purpose of the ECAN Collaborative Project

To create an organizational and networking structure to support the delivery of early childhood programs and services of ISDs and RESAs that align with the goals of the MAISA Early Childhood Committee.
MAISA Vision (What do we hope to become?)
Support and facilitate collaboration of the unique and evolving work of Michigan’s intermediate school districts and the communities they serve. MAISA provides leadership development, collaborative structures, project management and
collective and customized support for the work of its members.
ECAN Vision (What do we hope to become?)
ECAN will be a proactive network that promotes collaboration and efficiencies on projects, relevant topics and policy recommendations regarding early childhood education. MAISA Mission (Why do we exist?) MAISA is Michigan’s leading clearinghouse and catalyst for regional educational leadership, collaboration, and system change.

ECAN Officers:

  • Chair: Jane Dezinski
  • Vice Chair: Alan Oman
  • Secretary: Becky Gorinac

Standing Committee Chairs:


  • Professional Development Chair:  Kendra Curtiss-Tomaski
  • High Quality Preschool Programs Chair:  Noel Kelty
  • High-Quality Services for Children Birth to 3 Chair:  Tami Mannes
  • Birth to 3rd Grade Alignment Chair:  Erika Burkhardt

New Resources


Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy Prekindergarten
The purpose of this document is to increase Michigan’s capacity to improve children’s literacy by identifying a small set of researchsupported literacy instructional practices that could be a focus of professional development throughout the state. 

Click here or the image to the right to view the full pdf.