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 55 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 families provide
a great start for their children from birth to age five.
The vision of the Great Start Collaborative is that all KalamazooCounty children, (0-5) 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.