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Imagine a world where every child is equipped to thrive, where every child is prepared to enter grade school without limitations. At Great Start Collaborative (GSC) of Kent County, this dream is our vision. It the reason we exist, the reality we seek.

As a true resource for families in our community, we bring together local philanthropic organizations, educators, leaders of public agencies, and parents who strive to address the needs of children throughout West Michigan. By connecting these perspectives, we identify plans for systemic change to ensure all children, from birth to age eight, can access high-quality early learning and development programs.

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Interested in our work? Download our strategic plan for 2015-2018.
GSC Strategic Plan

Great Start Collaborative Membership

Great Start Collaborative Membership

Our GSC membership is a group of diverse voices and change agents. From elementary school principals to parents of young children, each member is an active participant and committed to building and reforming the local childhood system. Through regular meetings, strategic plans are created to make a collective impact—and ultimately improve early childhood education. To learn more about membership details and meeting dates, visit the link below.

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Great Start Parent Coalition

Great Start Parent Coalition

Working hand-in-hand with the GSC members, The Great Start Parent Coalition (GSPC) consists of parents and caregivers of children under 12. The GSPC is dedicated to informing and shaping early childhood initiatives, and helping families raise children who are supported and prioritized. Every monthly coalition meeting encourages parents to share stories, participate in workshops, and advocate for assistance at the community, county and state level.

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