Great Start Collaboratives/Parent Coalitions

Great Start Collaboratives

Across the state of Michigan, the Great Start Collaboratives have convened a network of Great Start Parent Coalitions (GSPC). Serving as advocates, cheerleaders, thought-leaders, teachers, students, coaches and team-members, these parents have formed strong coalitions to lend voice and hand to the belief that every child from birth to age four needs and deserves a Great Start in life.


Are key advocates on the issues of early childhood in their community, their state--even nationally.  For example, some advocate for sustainable, permanent funding to support the promotion of social and emotional health in all young children. Others identify and recognize "family-friendly" workplaces in the Great Start Collaborative area. They may educate others in their community about the importance of brain development, the need to act early when developmental issues arise, and the need for a coordinated network system of early childhood services and supports.

Develop and execute a cohesive annual work plan to keep the needs of Michigan's youngest citizens where they should stay: front and center!

Are parent-driven, composed of parent volunteers, and have a flexible approach to building a diverse membership.  The parent members create the vision, plan of work and agendas for GSPC activities and meetings.  A key element of support for the Great Start Collaboratives, they help advance local activities and initiatives by lending support and expertise. Each local GSPC is composed of parent volunteers---members are not paid to participate. The membership and leadership of the local GSPCs strive to represent the wide diversity of the parents of young children in their community-- including but not limited to cultural, socio-economic, geographic, and gender.

Interested in learning more, and joining your local Great Start Parent Coalition? Use the contact list to connect with the Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition nearest you.