Our Work

Our Vision:
Every child ready to succeed in school and life.Give Michigan Kids a Great Start Logo 5-14

Our Mission:
Every family in Ingham County has access to universal, comprehensive and a collaborative system of community-based early childhood programs, services and supports.

Meet our Participating Partners

Project Beginnings:
Great Start is Michigan’s nationally recognized statewide initiative to foster school readiness and life success for young children. Governor Jennifer Granholm launched Project Great Start in her 2005 State of the State address. The governor described this new initiative as a movement that challenges us all to recognize that education begins at birth, not simply when a child enters school.

The Ingham Great Start Collaborative (GSC) is a sub-committee of the Power of We Consortium (PWC) – formerly know as the Ingham Human Services Advisory Committee. The Ingham GSC has funding from the Office of Great Start within the Michigan Department of Education. To learn more about the Great Start Initiative in Michigan, read this excellent reference guide: Early Childhood, Great Start & the Early Childhood Investment Corporation.

Our Work:
Check out the Meeting Agendas/Minutes from our monthly meetings. Consider attending an upcoming meeting! The Ingham GSC Meeting Calendar lists the dates and times of the various Ingham GSC meetings and work groups.

Learn about our Strategic Plan 2014-17: Using the “Stories Behind the Data” to Improve the Early Childhood System.

The Ingham GSC publishes a Parent Resource Guide for parents with children birth to 5. The guide – which can be browsed, downloaded or printed – includes community agency descriptions and contact information on the following six topics: prenatal education; parent education classes; parent support groups; parenting resources; home visitation; and parent-child activities. The goal of the Parent Resource Guide is to give parents information about a variety of education, supports and services that help strengthen the vital roles that families play in their children’s development.

Status of Families with Young Children in Ingham County:
The Ingham Community Report 2007, the Ingham GSC 2010 Accomplishments, and the 2010 Ingham County Status Report provide historical data regarding the status of families with young children in Ingham County. Please see the 2016 Ingham County Profile from Kids Count in Michigan for current information regarding the well-being of families with young children in Ingham County.

GSC Meeting Calendar

Dates and times of Ingham Great Start Collaborative meetings and work groups.

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Ingham Play & Learn Groups

Play and Learn Groups provide activities for families to play alongside their children and explore many developmental domains. Check out the most recent Play and Learn Group Schedule Here

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Great Start Family Coalition

Serves as a sounding board for parent members of the Great Start Collaborative (GSC)

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Family Learning Connection

Learn more about how you can improve your child’s overall experience and achievement in school.

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Great Start to Quality

The best place for families to search for child care and preschool. Check it out today.

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