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 families provide
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.