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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 .

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

The Guide to a Fit and Healthy Pregnancy

The Guide to Swimming and Healthy Pregnancy

The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign

Guide to Safe Air Travel While Pregnant

NLM's News and Research on Preterm Birth

The Diabetes Guide

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

Great Start Collaborative honors Kehres Health & Chiropractic with Family Friendly Business Award for October-November 2014

SAGINAW - The Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative is honoring Kehres Health & Chiropractic of Saginaw and Midland with its Family-Friendly Business Spotlight Award for October-November 2014.

“They are so good with kids, even newborn babies,” said one Great Start Parent Coalition member. “They helped my baby sleep better and improved her muscles so she could latch (to breastfeed) more efficiently. They have little toys and activities in the waiting room for kids to use while waiting and really accommodate families, busy scheduled and scatterbrained new mommas.”

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.
Kehres has two locations: at 4882 Gratiot Suite 13, in Saginaw, and 601 E. Wackerly Street, Suite 2, in Midland. The team of doctors and staff offers treatment for the entire family, as well as massage therapy.

Dr. Dan Kehres and his practice are working to raise awareness for healthy eating, physical activity and overall wellness in our communities. He offers free health classes and speaks at churches and businesses across the region.

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.

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