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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 .

Parents, We need your voice!

Parents – Do you know how important Early Childhood services, supports and education are to our families in Saginaw County? Have you used services and seen this first hand? Do you want to tell other families? Do you see unmet needs in your community?

We need your voice! We are looking for parents to represent their home communities in the Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative. We need more voices from the districts all around the county.

Every other month on the fourth Monday from 9-11 a.m., the Collaborative board meets to strengthen and develop our Early Childhood system countywide. Parents are a very important part of this work! We cover physical and social-emotional health, early education and care and parent leadership and family support. There are projects in each of these areas going on now.

We have one seat available on the board for each of these 10 districts: Birch Run, Bridgeport, Carrollton, Frankenmuth, Freeland, Merrill, Hemlock, Chesaning, St. Charles and Swan Valley.

Parents on the board and in our Parent Coalition have children 12 and younger and can receive stipends to attend at least 2 meetings every other month at the SISD in Saginaw Township.

Parent liaisons can help you complete a brief application, provide leadership training and orientation. You will learn to advocate for your family and other families. You will network with parents and service providers from many agencies. You will grow as a leader!

Please contact Parent Liaisons Jill Armentrout at 810-441-5347/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Lorisa Bellinger at 989-249-7063/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jill S. Armentrout

Parent Liaison
Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative Parent Coalition
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All kids deserve a Great Start!

Great Lakes Bay Miracle League

Opening Day on April 26 at 9:00am

The Great Lakes Bay Miracle League is dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable baseball experience for children with developmental or physical disabilities. League will continue until June 21.

The Frank N. Andersen Recreational Complex is located adjacent to the Saginaw Intermediate School District’s Melvin J. Millet Learning
Center in Bridgeport Township

$35.00 per player.  

Are you looking to SPONSOR or VOLUNTEER for a rewarding and worthy cause. Here it is!

Great Start Collaborative honors Old Town Christian Outreach Center

For information, contact: Julie Kozan, Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative Director, at 989-399-7452 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

SAGINAW - The Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative is honoring the Old Town Christian Outreach Center in Saginaw with its Family-Friendly Business Spotlight Award for April-May 2014.  Old Town at 600 Gratiot offers weekly church services, a soup kitchen, outreach to the DOT Caring Center and senior citizen homes and jails, a van ministry, and anger management and recovery classes.

The Old Town Baby Pantry provides a layette and books to pregnant women, serving nearly 200 mothers a year.
“Old Town Christian Outreach has helped many of our moms (in the home visitation program) and many of them continue to go to their church services, Saturday food give-aways and recovery programs,” said a parent educator with Health Delivery Inc.

Great Start is the umbrella partnership over nearly all early childhood initiatives in Saginaw County, with member agencies/programs including Birth to Five, all Saginaw County school districts, child care providers and preschools.

Parents who volunteer with the Saginaw County Great Start Parent Coalition helped choose this award designation, to honor its community service and help especially to young parents.

Great Start Collaborative selects six Family-Friendly Saginaw County businesses or agencies a year. Recipients can include businesses or agencies that reach out to families as customers with special activities, promotions or services or those that support employees with children with benefits such as on-site daycare or flexible hours.

“It is so important that we honor local businesses that truly understand the importance and value of giving children a strong start in life, and helping families to do so,” said Great Start Collaborative Director Julie Kozan. “These children are our future workforce!”

Anyone in the community can nominate a business for the award. Find a submission form on the Great Start Collaborative Web site at www.greatstartsaginaw.org and fill out online or print and mail to Julie Kozan at the Saginaw County Intermediate School District, 3860 Fashion Square, P.O. Box 5679, Saginaw MI 48603.

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