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    Strenghening Families Workshop
    Join us July 17, 10 am for a two-hour session about the Strengthening Families Framework. Who should attend? Parents, faith-based leaders, community leaders, early childhood providers and program managers.
    Space is limited - register here online

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  • Save the Date!

    Connecting the Dots: Strengthening Pre-K - K Transitions
    August 19, 2015 // 12:30 - 3:30 pm
    WMU Campus // Location To Be Determined
    Teachers, administrators, parents and community members will discuss pre-k and kindergarten curriculum and expectations, as well as provide input on how we can support and improve transitions between pre-k and kindergarten. 
    Who should attend? Parents of soon-to-be kindergarteners, parents of recent kindergarteners, childcare providers, kindergarten teachers, preschool teachers, school administrators, community members  
    Join us immediately following the INSPIRE event. Lunch will be provided. Sign up now to qualify for a $25 gift card for school supplies! 

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  • Welcome
    Great Start is Michigan's nationally recognized state-wide initiative to foster school readiness and life success for young children.

    Our local Collaborative is part of a network of Great Start Collaboratives working in every county in Michigan. The Great Start system is funded by the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, a public corporation formed in 2005.

    The purpose of Great Start is to assure a coordinated system of community resources and supports to help all Kalamazoo County fa
    milies provide
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    a great start for their children from birth to age five.
    The vision of the Great Start Collaborative is that all Kalamazoo County children have the social, emotional, physical and intellectual foundation to be successful in education and in life.
    The mission of the Great Start Collaborative is to assure a coordinated system of community resources and supports to assist all Kalamazoo County families in providing a great start for their children from birth through age five.

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    I may be your boss one day!
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