Great Start Collaborative… Who we are… What we do… Where we are… & Why it matters!
WHO WE ARE: The Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet, and Northern Antrim counties are made up of community leaders and organizations from each county that have a vested interest in Early Childhood Investment. We are representatives from business, health, education, human services, higher education, non-profit, court systems, philanthropy, and parents who are implementing a plan to address the needs of young children within our Northern Michigan Communities.
WHAT WE DO: The mission of our collaborative is to engage multi-disciplinary partners and families to identify, plan and implement system change to strengthen families and improve child outcomes. Since 2012, one of our major priorities has been the implementation of the Strengthening Families Framework that promotes 5 Protective Factors to make families strong. Every event, project, or training addresses and builds these 5 Protective Factors in families: Parental Resilience; Social Connections; Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development; Concrete Support in Times of Need; and Social and Emotional Competence of Children. A few of our successes include: a fund development committee that (through grants and individuals) provided over 100 preschool scholarships to eligible children ages 3 – 5; a FreeCycle Book Project that has distributed over 30,000 gently used books to local children; popular free events for parents such as a Halloween Costume Exchange, Early Childhood Networking Nights, Parenting Awareness Month Conference; and a nationally recognized campaign to strengthen families entitled “What Makes Your Family Strong?” www.whatmakesyourfamilystrong.org
WHERE WE ARE: Charlevoix, Emmet & Northern Antrim Counties. The Great Start Collaborative holds meetings bi-monthly on the third Tuesday in Boyne City from 9-11AM. If you are interested in attending, you can call us at 231.582.8070231.582.8070 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Great Start Parent Coalition is led by a Parent Leadership Council that hosts free events, facilitates our FreeCycle Book Project, and assures that the parent voice is heard in our community. Check out the Parent Coalition facebook page for details: www.facebook.com/greatstart.
WHY IT MATTERS: Whether you are a parent, caregiver, educator, business owner, community planner, or simply a tax paying citizen, investing in early childhood affects you now and has a huge impact on the future of your community. It is a simple equation for a long term workforce and economic solution; early childhood investment equals a stronger, better educated workforce, and a socially and economically vibrant community. The State of Michigan has outlined four outcomes by which public investment in Early Childhood will be assessed: children born healthy; children healthy, thriving and developmentally on track from birth to third grade; children developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry; and children prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Join forces with the Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet, and
Northern Antrim Counties, to change the lives of our children and families,
and build a bright economic future for Northern Michigan.