A group of parents of young children, members of the faith and business communities, local philanthropic organizations, community leaders, educators and leaders of the local public agencies that provide the majority of early childhood services in the community. All members are representatives of Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac counties.
To help drive our work, we seek parental input. Parents of young children are the consumers of early childhood services. At least 20%of our Collaborative is comprised of parent members. To help support parent leadership locally, we have the Great Start Parent Coalition.
We know that 85% of the human brain is developed by the age of 5. That time is precious and deserves the best support to ensure quality brain development which will lead to a more prosperous student, community member, and a late member of the workforce.
Every three years we devise a comprehensive road map that will support our young citizens in regards to quality early education/child care, social/emotional health, pediatric/health care, family support, and parent leadership. Currently, we are focusing on the following initiatives:
-Social- Emotional Health
-Smoke Free Environment
-Joint recruitment/enrollment for preschools
Several family centered events that promote parent education and parent-child interaction
-Smoke Free Playground Signs
-Partnership efforts with UPHP to support Medical home
-Smoke Free Environment Train the Trainer
-Parent Leadership Training
-Licensed Child Care Provider training
-Becky Davis Early Learning Scholarship
-Distribution of information of all initiatives to families with young children and child care providers
-Foster Care Necessity bags
-Star of Tomorrow Project
-Become a member of the Great Start Parent Coalition
-Volunteer at upcoming Great Start Collaborative & Parent Coalition Events
-Sign up to receive our free monthly family calendar and bi-monthly newsletter
-Follow us on Facebook – EUP Great Start Parent Coalition