Great Start

About Us

Everything you need to know Great Start Tuscola

Governor Jennifer Granholm launched Project Great Start in her 2005 State of the State address. The governor described this new initiative as a movement that challenges us all to recognize that education begins at birth, not when a child enters school. Whether you are a parent, a professional, or anyone involved in the life of a child, we invite you to participate in Project Great Start.

The Early Childhood Investment Corporation was founded in 2005 to be the State’s focal point for information and investment in early childhood in Michigan. Among its tasks: Build a state-wide system of programs and supports for children birth to 5 and their parents, and as part of that effort lead the State’s federal child care quality efforts. Why? Because child care is a critical key to early learning and development of young children.

Great Start Tuscola County is one of fifty-five Great Start Collaboratives serve as the local infrastructure for the Great Start system. These local groups of caring parents, educators, business and community leaders, clergy, law enforcement, churches/church organizations, local public agencies and others are the “knowledge leaders” and “change agents” for young children and their families.

At the end of the day, Great Start is all about Michigan’s children and families. To inform the work of the collaboratives, 55 Great Start Parent Coalitions serve as the passionate local volunteers who provide education to community and state leaders about what’s needed and the importance of investing in young children.

Download our Great Start Strategic Plan (Jan 2017 to Dec 2019 edition)

Mission

The purpose of Great Start is to assure a coordinated system of community resources and supports to help all Tuscola County families provide a great start for their children from birth to age five.

About

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.

Overview

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.

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