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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 .

The Saginaw County Great Start Parent Coalition NEEDS YOU!

Mission: An organization of powerful parents that work to give the community a voice to advocate for the needs of all families in Saginaw County.
Vision: All families in Saginaw County are equipped with the tools and knowledge to ensure success in school and life.

Our coalition consists of Saginaw County parents and caregivers of children 12 and younger who are working to promote and advocate for an effective early childhood system. Many of us have used services for children ages 0-5 and want to share our experiences. We are a network of parents who share ideas, concerns and successes. We work to educate and build awareness with other parents.
You decide what joining means for you and your family. Are you available to:

  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Talk to other parents about services
  • Help with marketing and outreach
  • Inform the community about the importance of early education

Parent Coalition Schedule 2014-15

Parent Coalition Morning Meetings:

11:10 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on the Fourth Monday of these months at Saginaw ISD Transitions Center, 3860 Fashion Square Blvd., Saginaw Township

  • Nov. 24
  • Jan. 26
  • March 23
  • May 18*
  • July 27 Sept. 28

(These meetings follow the Great Start Collaborative meetings, 9-11 a.m. at Transitions. Families are welcome to attend.)

Parent Coalition Evening Meetings:

5:30-7 p.m. on the Fourth Monday of these months at St. John Lutheran Church, 915 Federal in Saginaw. Free dinner and childcare included. *Registration required: Contact Jill Armentrout

  • Oct. 20* - Parent Leadership Training, 5-8 p.m.
  • Dec. 8* - Holiday celebration
  • Feb. 23 April 27
  • June 22 - Park event
  • Aug. 24

Great Start Collaborative Subcommittees:

(Parents are part of these meetings, which are every other month. Please check Great Start Website for dates and times.)

  • Pediatric and Family Health
  • Parent Leadership and Education
  • Social-Emotional Health
  • Early Learning/ School Readiness
  • Home Visitation Partners
  • Communications

For more information, contact Parent Liaisons Jill Armentrout at (810) 441-5347 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Lorisa Bellinger at (989) 297-5348 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it