Great Start Collaborative
Jackson County

Ensuring a Great Start for Jackson's Children!

Early Childhood News & Information

RFP for Great Start Early Childhood Program Funding

The Great Start Collaborative announces its Request For Proposals for its 2014-2015 Early Childhood Programming funding. The Early Childhood Programming funding is intended to support programs/trainings/workshops for children or parents of children ages 0-8; however, cannot target 4 year olds. All programming funded needs to be evidenced-based, research-based, or an emerging best practice. Deadline for all proposals is Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by 12:00pm. View the RFP here.

Local Preschools Now Enrolling

Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs county-wide are currently enrolling eligible children for the 2014-2015 school year.

Not sure what type of program is right for you child? Check out the Jackson County Free Preschool Brochure.

Ready to start the application process? Visit our Preschool Partnership page to complete an intake form.

Imagination Library Reading Train Volunteers Needed

The Imagination Library Reading Train needs local volunteers (individuals or organizations) to devote 20-40 minutes (dependent on preschool's preference), 1 day a week, to a preschool classroom in Jackson County to provide a reading and literacy activity session. The purpose of this program is to strengthen the early literacy skills of preschool children in Jackson County. Fill out the Imagination Library Reading Train Volunteer Form here to learn more or volunteer.

Free Online Developmental Screening Now Available

Families with children between the ages of 2 months and 5 years residing in Jackson County can complete a FREE Ages and Stages developmental screening.

Click here to complete a free Ages & Stages Questionnaire on your child's development.

Click here to complete a free Ages & Stages Questionnaire on your child's social emotional development.  Click here for Spanish.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Ages & Stages Questionnaire, please Contact Us.

Resources & Information

Life-Long Success

The early years of a child's life provide the physical and emotional framework that shapes individual potential.  During the early years a child's development is rapid and extensive.

Experiences in these years establish intelligence, behavioral patterns, and other personality traits that will persist throughout a lifetime.

These experiences take place in the context of family and community life molded by economic and social conditions.

The Great Start System recognizes that early childhood experiences are most profound in Five Key Areas:

Visit each of the component areas above to learn more about the local work of Jackson's Great Start Collaborative.

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Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County     6700 Browns Lake Rd, Jackson, MI  49201

Phone: 517-768-5281

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