Ingham Great Start Collaborative

2014-17 Strategic Plan

Using the “Stories Behind the Data” to Improve the Early Childhood System

(click above for the link to the summary in PDF; for the whole Plan click here)

The Ingham Great Start Collaborative (GSC) has been operating since 2006, with a history that dates back to 1999, when Lansing Mayor David Hollister convened a Commission charged with developing a plan to create a system of support services for families with young children. This system evolved into the Ingham GSC, which has embraced the mission of ensuring that all children arrive at the kindergarten door ready and able to succeed. The current Strategic Plan and Action Agenda (see back page) were developed to continue the work of our mission.

Nearly 250 parents, community members and organizational members gave feedback through face-to- face and online surveys in the development of the Strategic Plan and Action Agenda. These participants included families who…

Ingham GSC was intentional about gathering a diverse voice and applying an equity lens (gender, race, class, ability, etc.) in the development of the Plan. Ingham GSC will continue to work towards achieving Michigan’s Early Childhood Outcomes (see right) and having all children attend high-quality, age-appropriate learning environments. Research shows that children who attend these high-quality environments are more likely to…

While there is still a great deal of work to do in achieving Michigan’s Early Childhood Outcomes, Ingham GSC has celebrated many accomplishments:


Regardless of your role in the community, our hope is that you will see yourself represented in this Action Agenda, and will partner with Ingham GSC in working towards its implementation. Ingham GSC meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Grace United Methodist Church. For more information, like us on Facebook ( or contact us by email at


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