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Great start collaborative of jACKSON COunty


For the safety of our children, families, and community, Jackson Playgroups are not meeting in person at this time.  However, Playgroups are happening virtually! Please email jacksonplaygroups@gmail.com for more information.

For other events, please contact programs directly before attending. 

The Great Start Collaborative Calendar of Events lists our monthly meetings, community events that may be beneficial to you, Great Start Families activities, and Great Start Playgroups.  You will also find fun, family-friendly events located throughout Jackson County.  Make sure to check back often for the most up-to-date listings!

If you would like to submit an event to the Great Start Collaborative Calendar of Events, please fill out this short form.  Once reviewed, we will add it.  Thank you!

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6700 Browns Lake Rd., Jackson MI 49201

Preschool Hotline: 517-768-5130

Our Staff

Kelly Sheppard - Early Childhood Consultant

Bridget Griffith - Early Childhood Coordinator

Kelly Friedland - Grant Support and Data Specialist 

Jean Allison - Early Childhood Specialist

Wendy Bell - Early Childhood Specialist

Catherine Brubaker - Early Childhood Specialist

Karyn Head - Early Childhood Specialist

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These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

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