We know more now than ever before about the importance of early childhood experiences and the impact the quality of those experiences can have on the child’s lifelong health, happiness, and success.
The Michigan Office of Great Start was created to ensure children birth to age eight have access to high-quality health, early learning, and child care programs so they are safe, healthy, happy, and ready to succeed in school and in life.
This initiative is guided by four desired goals (also known as Early Childhood Outcomes):
- Children are born healthy.
- Children are healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade.
- Children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at time of school entry.
- Children are prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
To help achieve these goals at a local level, every county in Michigan has a Great Start Collaborative. The Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative Board meets Quarterly and is a group of local parents, service providers, business professionals, community leaders and other stakeholders in the early childhood community who work together to build and continuously improve the network of supports and services for young children and their families.
All meetings take place at the Clare-Gladwin RESD Conference Center from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. Lunch is provided. The 2017/18 meeting schedule is as follows:
September 22, 2017
November 10, 2017
January 12, 2018
March 9, 2018
May 11, 2018
Every three years, the Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative Board assesses what young children and their families in our communities need to work toward the Early Childhood Outcomes. The Collaborative then develops and implements a plan to address those needs.
The Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative has recently developed the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan.