The Great Start Collaborative is a group of local professionals and parents working together to help ensure all children have a great start in life.

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OUR VISION
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Every young child in Branch County will enter kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and life.

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ABOUT US
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OUR MISSION

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Infants, young children and their families are physically healthy.

Social and

Emotional 

Health

Families have access to high quality early care and education.

Early Care & 

Education

Children are ready to succeed in school and in life.

Physical

Health

Families support and guide the early learning of their infants and young children.

Parent

Education

Infants, young children, and their families are socially and emotionally healthy.

Family Supports and Basic Needs

MICHIGAN EARLY CHILDHOOD OUTCOMES

Children are born healthy. 

 

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

Children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at time of school entry.

 

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

WHO WE ARE

The Great Start Collaborative (GSC) of Branch County founded in June of 2006, serves as the local infrastructure for governance, planning, investment, advocacy, and innovation for Michigan’s Great Start system. 

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

EVENTS

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