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We work 
together
in our community

to accomplish better results

for all families of young children.

Welcome

Welcome to the home of Barry Great Start, where we are committed to working together in our community to accomplish better results for all families of young children throughout Barry County in order to ensure they have a great start in life from birth to age eight. Our group will strengthen the voice of parents in the community on behalf of young children, assist in building public support for early childhood investment, and develop a comprehensive Great Start Collaborative strategic planning system to guide planning and resulting GSC activities.​


GOALS

  • The early childhood systems and services provided will reflect the input of families and meet their diverse needs.

  • Public and private providers, families, and the community will work collectively as one system to increase the number of children who are ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry.

  • Families will have high quality early childhood services and support needed to prepare their child for success at school entry and beyond

  • Increase utilization of early childhood services and parent education programs by families with the greatest needs or who are most vulnerable.

Barry ISD​

535 W Woodlawn Ave
Hastings, MI 49058
Conference Room A
Time: 12 noon


Dates:

October 24, 2016

December 5, 2016

February 27, 2017
April 24, 2017
June 26, 2017


Summer Retreat

​August 14, 2017 8:30-3:30

 

MEETING

SCHEDULE

2016 - 2017 


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​​To help ensure all Barry County children
have a great start in life. ​​

WHY ARE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS IMPORTANT?    


The Barry County Great Start Collaborative is the local planning and decision-making body for the Great Start system-Michigan’s comprehensive early childhood system.  The Great Start Collaborative works to ensure that there is significant progress being made toward the four early childhood outcomes identified by Governor Snyder. These outcomes are:


  • Studies show that high-quality early childhood programs:
  • Increases high school graduation rates and college enrollment rates
  • Improves educational performance through higher test scores, fewer children require special education, and schools have lower drop-out rates
  • Produces employees with relatively higher rates of productivity
  • Reduces juvenile delinquency and criminal activity later in life
  • Reduces welfare use
  • Reduces child abuse


(Lessons Learned: A Review of Early Childhood Development Studies, by Jean Burr, Ph.D and Rob Grunewald)

WHO WE ARE


The Barry County Great Start Collaborative is the local planning and decision-making body for the Great Start system-Michigan’s comprehensive early childhood system.  The Great Start Collaborative works to ensure that there is significant progress being made toward the four early childhood outcomes identified by Governor Snyder. These outcomes are:


  • 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.