Welcome to Great Start Tuscola

The mission of Great Start Collaborative is to engage multi-disciplinary partners and families to identify, plan and implement system change to strengthen families and improve child outcomes. Since 2017, one of our major priorities has been the implementation of the Strengthening Families Framework that promotes 5 Protective Factors to make families strong.

Office of Great Start Desired Outcomes:
  1. Children are born healthy
  2. Children are thriving and developmentally on track from birth-third grade
  3. Children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at time of entry
  4. Children are prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond, reading proficiently by the end of third grade

I want to know more about…

Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.

Michigan’s Children

Michigan’s Children works to ensure that public policies are made in the best interest of children from cradle to career and their families.

Great Start to Quality

Great Start to Quality is Michigan’s quality rating and improvement system that supports early childhood programs and providers in their efforts to improve their programs.

Great Start Readiness Program

Looking to attend preschool in Tuscola County? Check our location directory or call our enrollment number for more information.

United Way Airs 211

2-1-1 is a free, easy-to-remember telephone number that connects people in need with people who can help – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Ages and Stages

Get the essentials for every age and stage of a child’s life by downloading these valuable resources intended to help support parent, teacher, and child care providers.

Early Childhood Investment Corporation

The Early Childhood Investment Corporation is dedicated to serving and advancing the interests of young children in Michigan. We provide research-based information to guide policy and program decision making so that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and in life.

Milestones App

Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development.

Kids Count

KIDS COUNT is a premier source of data on children and families. The KIDS COUNT data book assesses child well-being in the United States.

Here's what the community is saying

“Great start collaboration play dates and activities have been a God send for my daughter and I. Great start collaborative Staff are knowledgeable, professional, approachable and friendly. I highly recommend that people with children come and check out an event at Great start collaborative.”

- Shannon(Parent)

“I was given new opportunities with Great Start and it has been a positive impact in our lives.”

- Sarah(Parent)

“ Thank you for getting a grant that allowed our kids to take home free math kits! The math kits are of superior quality and the kids love them! We have really enjoyed using them. The note from our Sheriff built a connection to our community and real live math!”

- Caring Parent

" Thanks to a connection made through Great Start, Senator Green was able to help a parent get needed education in their local school district for a young child.” ”

- Representative for Senator Green

“Since joining Great Start, I feel my voice has only become stronger in advocating for my child! You have led me to many resources and great opportunities to share with my child!"

- Katrina(parent member)

“Very informational regarding transportation to mental health services – my families are unaware of this service!"

- Amber(health provider)

“ I am a new mom that was gifted a wonderful baby bag full of very useful items, and I am very grateful and my heart is so full. Thank you so much. Every penny counts in our family-so the gift was very meaningful to us! God Bless"

-Sharon(parent)

“The training exceeded my expectations. There was so much I didn’t know!"

“I loved the presentation so much! Love new information!"

“Very informative and mind-blowing training! Thank you!"

“Absolutely wonderful training! Loved it!"

“My child loves all of the activities and it is always a wonderful time when not on the tablet!"

“Just keep doing what you are doing!"

“Our whole family had a ton of fun!"

“The math kit is amazing. Thank you so much. She absolutely loves it."

“We loved the math kit and explored with it as soon as we opened it. Thank you!"

“She LOVES her math kit!"

“These math kits are wonderful. Thank you!"

“Thank you for the math kit! Both my kids love it!"

"Thank you for applying for the math kits in the mail grant. The materials are of superior quality!"

"Thank you for the nice kits. We have really enjoyed using them."

"Loved the note from Sheriff Skrent - connection to our community and real life math!"

Here's what the community is saying

“Great start collaboration play dates and activities have been a God send for my daughter and I. Great start collaborative Staff are knowledgeable, professional, approachable and friendly. I highly recommend that people with children come and check out an event at Great start collaborative.”

- Shannon(Parent)

“I was given new opportunities with Great Start and it has been a positive impact in our lives.”

- Sarah(Parent)

“ Thank you for getting a grant that allowed our kids to take home free math kits! The math kits are of superior quality and the kids love them! We have really enjoyed using them. The note from our Sheriff built a connection to our community and real live math!”

- Caring Parent

" Thanks to a connection made through Great Start, Senator Green was able to help a parent get needed education in their local school district for a young child.” ”

- Representative for Senator Green

“Since joining Great Start, I feel my voice has only become stronger in advocating for my child! You have led me to many resources and great opportunities to share with my child!"

- Katrina(parent member)

“Very informational regarding transportation to mental health services – my families are unaware of this service!"

- Amber(health provider)

“ I am a new mom that was gifted a wonderful baby bag full of very useful items, and I am very grateful and my heart is so full. Thank you so much. Every penny counts in our family-so the gift was very meaningful to us! God Bless"

-Sharon(parent)

“The training exceeded my expectations. There was so much I didn’t know!"

“I loved the presentation so much! Love new information!"

“Very informative and mind-blowing training! Thank you!"

“Absolutely wonderful training! Loved it!"

“My child loves all of the activities and it is always a wonderful time when not on the tablet!"

“Just keep doing what you are doing!"

“Our whole family had a ton of fun!"

“The math kit is amazing. Thank you so much. She absolutely loves it."

“We loved the math kit and explored with it as soon as we opened it. Thank you!"

“She LOVES her math kit!"

“These math kits are wonderful. Thank you!"

“Thank you for the math kit! Both my kids love it!"

"Thank you for applying for the math kits in the mail grant. The materials are of superior quality!"

"Thank you for the nice kits. We have really enjoyed using them."

"Loved the note from Sheriff Skrent - connection to our community and real life math!"

About us

Tuscola Great Start works to ensure every child in Tuscola County is safe, healthy, eager and ready to succeed in school and become contributing, productive members of an economically stable Tuscola County.

Contact

Great Start Tuscola

1401 Cleaver Rd
Caro, MI 48723

(989) 673-2144 ext 30325