Great Start Parents

We are a volunteer network working to ensure that all children enter kindergarten safe, healthy, and eager to succeed in school and life.  We aim to:

  • Provide opportunities for training & activities for parents & caregivers of young children
  • Advocate for better early childhood services & systems
  • Recognize parents as their child’s first & most important teacher
  • Empower parents to be leaders and advocates in their home, workplace, & community
  • Network with other parents
  • Take time to learn about early childhood & parenting
  • Strengthen families

Check out the latest news here: Most Recent Newsletter

Sign up for our weekly newsletter containing special events, playgroups, and parent learning opportunities here.

Parents and Partners Learning Events Coffee and Conversation by Missy Smith

 What else is possible?

  • Connect with other parents in your community
  • Take advantage of opportunities to attend parent summits and workshops
  • Learn more about the 5toONE Parent Leadership Cohort
  • Work on parent-led community projects
  • Start something for families or parents in your community
  • Share something you’ve been working on with early childhood leadership.
  • Be part of a leadership team at a 5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • Join the Great Start Collaborative as a parent member

Click here to share how you’d like to be involved!

What is a “Pandemic Pod”?

Are you thinking about starting or joining a pandemic pod to meet your needs for child care and/or early education? If your answer is YES! we have put together some helpful guidance for creating or participating in this type of pod. Read “Pandemic Pod Guidance” to learn more about “podding”.

Pandemic Pods Guidance

If participating in a pandemic pod interests you, use our Family Risk Tool determine your risk profile and risk tolerance, and connect with us on zoom for Q & A sessions and coaching.

Family Risk Tool

Let’s all work together to give our kids a GREAT START!