Workgroup Goals

  1. Early Childhood services/programs are reaching and engaging ALL families in need of support/early childhood programming and information. Children are healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade.
  2. Increase the number of families engaged and active in both the Great Start Parent Coalition and the Great Start Collaborative. Children are prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
  3. Increase access to high quality early care and education services and supports.
  4. Children in St. Clair County have access to early literacy services that are of high quality.
  5. Families will have access to programs, services, and resources needed to fully participate in their child’s early development and learning.

Mission: St. Clair County will have a coordinated system of community resources and supports to assist all our families in providing a great start for children from birth through age eight.

Vision: Every child in St. Clair County will have a great start in life. They will be safe, healthy, and eager to succeed in school and in life.

2019 Accomplishments

  • Sponsored Celebrate Your Child – Nine partners provided activities for 101 attendees. Partnered to provide the 28th Annual Community Baby Shower in October.
  • Partnered with ten private child care and preschool programs to provide Tuition Assistance and awarded 30 of preschool scholarships through the Tuition Assistance program funded through the Community Foundation of St. Clair County – Women’s Initiative.
  • Facilitated six Early Learning Groups in Marysville, Emmett, Algonac, Capac, and Port Huron. Partnered with 2GEN to provide weekly Early Learning Groups
  • Distributed literacy bags to approximately 100 infants, 50 toddlers, and 140 preschoolers
  • Provided eight Pre K Literacy Essentials workshops to 80+ early childhood educators
  • Great Start Parent Coalition Distributed 4000 Summer Fun Guides

Great Start Collaborative Coordinator: Riley Alley, SCC RESA
Chairperson: Julie Pemberton, Blue Water Community Action