The Ingham Great Start Collaborative has several workgroups organized to work on goals and objectives of the Ingham Early Childhood Action Agenda. Below are summaries of each workgroup. Specific meeting information for each workgroup can be found on the Ingham Great Start Collaborative Calendar.
Great Start Family Coalition – A network of parent groups, parent organizations, caring adults and family members that are willing to help plan and support the Ingham Great Start efforts. The members serve as key contacts to a broad range of parent groups to facilitate the exchange of information between the families, parent groups and the Ingham GSC. Contact Parent Liaison, Jessica Baker
Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) Advisory Council – The Great Start Readiness Program is a state funded preschool program that is free to all eligible participants. GSRP is taught by a certified teacher and a credentialed associate teacher. The program meets four days per week and includes parental support, resources and home visits. The GSRP Advisory Council is an advisory group for the Great Start Readiness Programs in the Ingham ISD service area. Contact Corrie Mervyn at (517)244-1297.
Infant Mortality Coalition /Capital Area Safe Sleep Coalition – A community coalition working to promote Keeping Infants Sleeping Safely (KISS). The overarching goal of the initiative is to keep mothers and infants alive and well before, during and after birth. It also serves as the advisory group to the FIMR (Fetal and Infant Mortality Review) team. Contact Regina Traylor at (517)887-4432 or Mary Machowicz
Operations Committee – The Operations Committee of Ingham GSC is comprised of volunteers from the Ingham Great Start Collaborative and includes broad representation of different sectors of membership, including parents. Contact Michelle Nicholson or Wendy Boyce.
Local Leadership Group (LLG) – The purpose of the LLG is to build the capacity to integrate home visiting services into the early childhood system, providing a governance structure and coordinated system for planning. Contact Effie Alojofe-Carr
School Readiness Advisory Committee – The Committee discusses the structure and strategies as part of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) work plan and application, but is focused on school readiness in a broad sense, not just GSRP, throughout the local Great Start system. Contact Michelle Nicholson
Social Emotional Health Workgroup – Provides educational opportunities to increase the early childhood community’s ability to understand and work with young children and their families experiencing difficulties that interfere with healthy development. Contact Fran Jozefowicz at (517)887-5263 or Marta Kermiet at (517)482-1504