Great Start Collaborative (GSC)

Our area’s Great Start Collaborative was begun with a grant from the Michigan’s Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) in October 2008. Our start-up phase was from October 2008 through March 2009, and our “Planning year” was April 2009 through March 2010.

The Great Start Collaborative undertakes thorough needs assessments and strategic planning around early childhood, to help coordinate activities, broaden community involvement in early childhood efforts, and facilitate parent input and involvement.

The GSC includes representatives from groups working in early childhood, as well as representation from all aspects of the communities. A GSC Parent Coalition in each county helps incorporate parent input into decisions about early childhood system, and sponsors activities to involve parents at each level. For additional information regarding the COPESD's Great Start Collaborative visit our website at

Great Start Collaborative Meeting Dates
Great Start Collaborative COP Reports - Strategic Plan
Great Start Collaborative Parent Coalitions’ on Facebook
Great Start Collaborative COP Reports - Report Card
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Related Programs and Websites

The Great Start Collaborative for Cheboygan, Otsego, and Presque Isle Counties is part of Michigan’s Great Start Initiative. More information can be found at

Michigan’s Children has information about state policy and programming for young children and families, updates on legislation, and advocacy. More information is at

Michigan Great Start to Quality provides information for child care providers and parents seeking child care. The statewide site will direct you to the regional center for your area.

These regional centers replace the county child care specialists that were previously hosted at county Department of Human Service offices and provided by Michigan 4C Coordinated Community Child Care.

Funding from the Office of Great Start within Michigan Department of Education supports the implementation of Great Start.