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Welcome to Great Start Collaborative Saginaw County

There are over 12,200 children under the age of 5 living in Saginaw County. Brain research has shown us that by age 4, 85% of a child's brain is formed.  Those first few years of life are pivotal in shaping a child's future!

The Saginaw Great Start Collaborative is a partnership of parents, community agencies, business leaders, educators, health care providers, faith and philanthropic leaders - all working together and committed to establishing and maintaining a comprehensive early childhood system that addresses all factors that have an impact on a child's readiness for school and life. A priority this year is to reduce infant mortality in our community.

The Annual Meeting PowerPoint details our accomplishments for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.  Our local collaborative is part of a larger state-wide Great Start system.

All children deserve a healthy foundation in life! To learn more or get involved, please contact Julie Kozan at 989-399-7452 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Light Up the City

Joining forces to UNITE Saginaw neighborhoods, Michigan State Police, the City of Saginaw Police, Consumers Energy and United Way are sponsoring the Light Up the City project. Over the next 13 weeks, Light Up the City will have a presence in Saginaw to help improve communication and understanding across our community.  Our goal is to help build a foundation for strong, sustainable neighborhoods and offer discussion on how we can bring a UNITED Saginaw into 2014 and beyond.

Coming to a neighborhood near you
Representatives from the community and local businesses, Michigan State Police, the City of Saginaw Police, Consumers Energy and United Way will be in your neighborhood to provide resources, assistance, and to help support the following:

1)    Collaborate with community organizations and businesses to make our neighborhoods safer and build neighborhood associations. 
2)    Promote neighbor-to-neighbor conversation to discuss the challenges we face in Saginaw, and what are the solutions to those challenges.
3)    Improve relationships between neighborhoods and law enforcement.

Turn on your porch light, and together we will symbolize a movement in Saginaw, one that encourages a renewed commitment to stand together to address violent crime, employment, economy, education and housing.

FREE Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CLFs) provided by the Consumers Energy Helping Neighbors Program

www.lightupthecitysaginaw.com JOIN US!!