Great Start Collaborative

These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

Great Start Collaborative LogoMission

Support the early childhood system so all children THRIVE


Provide a Great Start for every child focusing on the state's early childhood outcomes

Michigan's early childhood outcomes

1. Children are born healthy;

2. Children are healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade;

3. Children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry; and

4. Children are prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade

Summer Play & Learn

Starting the week of June 12th we will have our weekly Summer Play & Learns! Each week we will have a story, craft and time for free play with peers. The activities are geared towards kids 0-8, but older siblings are welcome to join! This year we have added MOM Power topics for parents- a curriculum centered around connecting with your child's needs while also taking care of your own!

Big Rapids Community Library Park

Tuesdays 10-11:30a

Bromley Park

Wednesdays 10-11:30a

Morley Community Center

Wednesdays 5-6:30p

Evart Splash Pad

Thursdays 10-11:30a

PDF Document2023 Summer Play and Learn

Parent Cafe

Join us the third Tuesday of the month to connect with other parents and learn more about the five protective factors.What makes your family strong? Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, Concrete Supports in Times of Need, Social and Emotional Competence of Children

Big Rapids- MOISD School Improvement Room

May 16th 1-2p and 5-6p

Morley Community Center

June 20th 1-2p and 5-6p

Evart Public Library

July 18th 1-2p

Reed City Area District Library

July 18th 5-6p


PDF DocumentParent Café

Google Forms Parent Café Registration Form


Talk, read, Sing!

External LinkTalking is Teaching

Great Start Collaborative
Tricia Smith-Bennett
Great Start Collaborative Coordinator
Kerry Winkle
Parent Liaison/Family Engagement Specialist