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

Great Start Parents Meetings

Our next Great Start Parents meeting will be virtual on Tuesday, October 22 from 8-9:00.  Meet our new parent representatives for the 2020-21 school year and hear about our regional Talking is Teaching Campaign effort and parent-led projects for this year.

Register using this link to receive the Zoom link to participate:

GSPC 2020-21 Meetings Flyer.jpg

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

Q & A Sessions

Click one of the dates below to register. You will then receive a link to the session.

Tuesday, October 13, 8:00-9:00PM

Thursday, October 15, 1:00-2:00PM

Coaching Sessions

Intended for those who have formed a Pandemic Pod and want to address challenges. Click one of the dates below to register. You will then receive a link to the session.

Thursday, November 5, 2:00-3:00 PM

Wednesday, November 18, 8:00-9:00PM

Child Care Subsidy Focus Group

Do you or have you recently utilized Michigan’s Child Care Subsidy? We want to hear from you! Stipends are available for parents who participate.

Child Care Subsidy Focus Group Flyer

Register by using this link:

Thursday, November 5, 8:00-9:00PM

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