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 last 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 .

Free Children's Fun Day Moved to August 24, 2016

Free Children's Fun Day Moved to August 24, 2016

Wednesday, August 24 at TIME CHANGE 12- 3 p.m.
William H. Haithco Recreation Area
2121 Schust Rd, Saginaw, Michigan 48603


600 Michigan families to receive home visits through $2.5M early childhood education program

Read more see mlive's article: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/08/600_michigan_families_to_recei.html

Family-Friendly Business Spotlight Winner May and June 2016


The Great Start Collaborative has selected Safe Kids Greater Thumb and Saginaw Area for its Family-Friendly Business Spotlight award for the months of May and June 2016.  Safe Kids Greater Thumb and Saginaw Area provides car seat inspections in Saginaw County at least once a month.  During these inspections, they show parents and caregivers how to properly install car seats, make sure the children are in the correct seat, and show how they should be strapped in.  They also provide seats to low income families if the seat they currently have is no longer usable (disposing of the old seat for safety), or if they don't have a seat for their child (no questions asked or penalties for not having a seat). 

During the Spring into Safety Event they not only provided car seat inspections, but also had a bike rodeo where they taught about bike safety and safety around cars, provided helmets to children, and had a drunk driving simulated course.  They also invited the fire department to come with their smoke house, Coast Guard to talk about boater safety, CAN Council to discuss safe sleep, and other area programs to share their information. 

Parents who volunteer with the Parent Coalition helped choose this award designation.  One parent who nominated Safe Kids Greater Thumb and Saginaw Area stated, "They are a wonderful program that go above and beyond for all kids in the community."  For more information, please visit their website at www.safekids.org/coalition/safe-kids-greater-thumb-and-saginaw-area or their Facebook page: Safe Kids Greater Thumb and Saginaw Area. 

Congratulations to Safe Kids Greater Thumb and Saginaw Area for providing such great services to families in Saginaw County!


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The Great Start to Quality Eastern Resource Center serves Arenac, Bay, Huron, Lapeer, Saginaw, Sanilac, St. Clair and Tuscola counties.


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