Thursday, January 15, 2015

Nonmedical Waiver for Michigan Schools and Licensed Childcares

ECEC Families,

Michigan recently modified the administrative rules that change how nonmedical waivers for immunizations will be processed for school/childcare programs. The new rule went into effect on January 1, 2015.

With Michigan having one of the highest waiver rates in the country, a proactive approach has been established to help inform everyone regarding the benefits of vaccinations and the risks of disease. Some counties in Michigan have waiver rates as high as 20.7%. This means that more than 20% of the students in those counties haven’t gotten all their vaccines. Some school buildings have even higher waiver rates. The hope is that the new rule will help answer any questions/concerns one may have regarding immunizations.

Key Points
  • The new rule applies to all children who are enrolled in a public or private:
    • Licensed childcare, preschool, and Head Start programs
    • Kindergarten, 7th grade, and any newly enrolled student into the school district
  • The new rule does not take away your right to obtain a nonmedical waiver.
  • Nonmedical waivers (religious or philosophical (other) objections) will need to be obtained from a county health department; the schools/childcare centers will not have them.
  • Parents/Guardians must follow these steps when requesting a nonmedical waiver:
    • Contact your county health department for an appointment to speak with a health educator.
    • During the visit, there will be an opportunity to have a discussion about immunizations with the county health department staff.
    • If at the end of the visit, you request a nonmedical waiver for your child, you will receive a copy of the current, certified (stamped and signed) State of Michigan Nonmedical Waiver Form.
      • Schools/childcare centers will only accept the current, official State of Michigan form (Current date: January 1, 2015).
      • Forms cannot be altered in any way (such as crossing information out).
    • Take completed, certified waiver form to your child’s school or childcare center.
  • If your child has a medical reason (a true contraindication or precaution) for not receiving a vaccine, a physician must sign the State of Michigan Medical Contraindication form; this form is available at your doctor’s office (not the county health department).
  • Based on the public health code, a child without either an up-to-date immunization record, a certified nonmedical waiver form or a physician signed medical waiver form can be excluded from school/childcare.

For more information, please visit > then click on Local Health Departments > then click on Immunization Waiver Information. There is a list of all the county health departments on this website, along with their addresses and phone numbers.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Curriculum Night & Open House

Join us!

Curriculum Night & Open House
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Learn about your child's classroom experiences. Investigations and conversations begin at 5:30 p.m. Teachers and interns will provide details of the classroom curriculum and learning groups. The children will engage parents and guests in project work.

Friday, October 10, 2014

ECEC & CEF Halloween Walk

The ECEC and CEF annual Halloween Walk is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Our collaborative partners at CEF requested the day and time change so that more of their families are able to participate in this fun event. 

Families that do not attend on Wednesday or attend only in the morning are welcome to attend. You will meet your child’s classroom at the front of the building and then participate in the walk through the building and outside with classmates. The ECEC is accepting “trick-or treat” donations of healthy treats and non-food treat items to distribute. We ask that any type of peanut treat is not donated.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ages & Stages - Help Me Grow

You're Invited!

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center is taking part in a county wide project through Great Start Collaborative-Wayne called Help Me Grow, to ensure that children are on track with their learning and development and to provide extra activities and services that can help them excel! We invite you to join in our efforts to give your child the very best by taking part in the use of an online developmental screening. It only takes about 10 minutes and you will receive activities and links to community resources to help your child grow and learn!

This project focuses on making sure your child is on track and identifying areas where additional support can be used to help them succeed. Information gathered from your answers will be used by your child’s teacher to enhance their growth and learning and provide additional activities and/or resources for parents to use at home. 

It is important to note that your child’s specific information will not be made available to the general public. Help Me Grow and the Great Start Collaborative-Wayne both take special care to ensure the safety of your personal information (email, address, etc.) and it will not be used for any other purpose. 

Complete the Screening by October 6, 2014:
In order to complete the necessary screening, go to:

If you are interested, you may also complete the ASQ Social Emotional Questionnaire at:

First enter in your child’s birthdate (month, day, and year). Next, enter in the number of months your child was premature.  If none, enter “0”. 

Ages and Stages recommends that parents complete each activity with your child. That is not necessary at this time. University of Michigan Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center is asking that you respond to each question based on your current knowledge and observations of your child’s development.

Once you are sure of the answers, return to that screen and click on step 3. Next you will need to answer the demographic information for your child. Finally you will complete the screening questions on the screen.  When done, submit the screen for review. 

NOTE, you are not able to save and come back to your responses-you will need to complete the full screening at one setting.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher.
Thank you for participating in HELP ME GROW!  Following your screening submission, your child’s classroom teacher will provide you with activities and resources to support your child’s development.