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 has been awarded $20K to launch a Talking is Teaching campaign in our 5-county region! We are partnering with the United Way of NW MI to manage this campaign and seeking parent members to join a planning team that will convene three to four times in July and August. The first meeting of the team is July 16 at 2:30 p.m. on zoom.


Our next Great Start Parents meeting will be virtual on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 7:30PM .  Be part of developing a parent action plan to support and encourage participation in the Great Start Readiness Program for at-risk 4 year-olds.  We will also dedicate time to providing feedback on initial steps for the regional Talking is Teaching Campaign effort.

Register using this link to receive the Zoom link to participate

Watch our recorded meeting from Wednesday, June 17 where parents can understand specifics around the GSRP Program here (

Great Start Parents Meeting Flyer 2019-2020

iStock_000000465115MediumLet’s all work together to give our kids a GREAT START!