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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 2013-2014 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 .

Great Start Collaborative honors The Maple Grille of Hemlock with Family Friendly Business Award for March-April 2015

SAGINAW - The Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative is honoring The Maple Grille of Hemlock with its Family-Friendly Business Spotlight Award for March-April 2015.
The restaurant at 13105 Gratiot in Hemlock is located on six acres which allows them to grow and harvest a majority of the produce and various ingredients used on site in a wood-fired kitchen.

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.

“It is a family-owned business that definitely makes families feel welcome!” said the parent who nominated the restaurant. “Having two young children, going out to eat is something I cringe when thinking about. Not at the Maple Grille! They have an area at the restaurant just for kids to be kids - large chalkboard to color on, a penny horse to ride, coloring books and more. They also provide bouncers and such for younger children.”

“They do many fundraiser and charities at the restaurant for local organizations including Boy Scouts, Alzheimer's and others. Overall it is just a very welcoming and fun place to be for families.”

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.


Preterm Birth Prevention Resource Collection

7,600 newborns die daily

(1). That’s more than 1 million deaths per year
(2). Read and share the collected resources below to help improve survival rates nationally and beyond.

Preterm Birth Guide from the CDC
http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/PretermBirth.htm

The Guide to a Fit and Healthy Pregnancy
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/pregnancy_gateway/

The Guide to Swimming and Healthy Pregnancy
http://blog.intheswim.com/health-aging-pregnancy-swimming/

The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign
http://www.marchofdimes.org/mission/prematurity-campaign.aspx

Guide to Safe Air Travel While Pregnant
http://www.cheapflights.com/travel-tips/air-travel-and-pregnancy/

NLM's News and Research on Preterm Birth
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/prematurebabies.html

The Diabetes Guide
https://www.acls.net/health-library-diabetes.htm

Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy
http://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/diabetes-gestational.html
1) http://www.bbc.com/news/health-30053111
2) http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61698-6/abstract