Great Start Collaborative

A group of local professionals and parents working together to help ensure all children have a great start in life.

Great Start Collaborative assesses the needs of young children and families in their communities, identifies community assets for addressing those needs, and plans for systemic change. They implement efforts to address the gaps, strengthen what works, and knock down barriers that impede young children from arriving at kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life.

Our Collaborative is part of a network of 55 Great Start Collaboratives working in every county in Michigan, funded by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation.

To learn more about the work of Kent County’s GSC, read our Community Strategic Plan.


Great Start Collaborative Membership

It is crucial to the success of the GSC to have an active and engaged membership.  Read more about membership details and meeting dates.

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Parent Coalition

Great Start Parent Coalition

There is a Great Start Parent Coalition affiliated with every Great Start Collaborative, giving parents and caregivers of children 12 and under an opportunity to inform, shape, and support the early childhood work in their community.

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Diaper Drive

The diaper drive is the Great Start Parent Coalition’s ongoing effort to collect and distribute diapers to families in need in Kent County.

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EC scholarships

Early Childhood Scholarships

One-year scholarships provide children with two years of quality early education prior to kindergarten, in partnership with the Great Start Readiness Program and Head Start.

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Great Start Connect is Michigan’s destination for early childhood resources, connecting families to high-quality early learning and care and providing training opportunities to providers.