About Barry County Great Start Collaborative...

Barry County’s GSC works to ensure that OGS’s outcomes and recommendations are realized in our community through the collaborative efforts of parents of young children, members of the faith and business communities, local philanthropic organizations, educators, and leaders of the local public agencies providing the majority of early childhood services in the community. The GSC assesses the needs of young children and families in their communities, identifies community assets for addressing those needs, and plans for systemic change.

Great Start, Great Investment, Great Future

The Plan for Early Learning and Development in Michigan

The Office of Great Start has been charged with ensuring that all children birth to age eight, especially those in highest need, have access to high-quality early learning and development programs and enter kindergarten prepared for success.

The Governor outlined a single set of early childhood outcomes against which all public investments will be assessed:

  • Children born healthy;

  • Children healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade;

  • Children developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry; and

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

Membership of the Great Start Collaborative of Barry County

Work of the Great Start Collaborative of Barry County is accomplished by the efforts and dedication of representatives of 45 community organizations and by the commitment of enthusiastic parents. Their collective passion for the welfare of Barry County's youngest children and to their success in life is unparalleled.


We are always welcoming new volunteers. Join us in our misssion to provide resources for all Barry County strudents and families to succeed.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Julie McMillen.

GSC Workgroups: information coming soon!!

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