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.


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.

Early Childhood Outcomes (Outlined by the Governor)

  1. Children born healthy;
  2. Children healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade
  3. Children developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry
  4. Children prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade

Workgroup Goals

  • Early childhood services/programs are reaching and engaging all families in need of support/early childhood programming and information.
  • Improve maternal and child health outcomes through an active collaboration with WIC, GSC, and GSPC.
  • Increase access to high-quality early care and education services and supports.
  • Children in St. Clair County have access to early literacy services that are of high quality.

Identified Gap: The child care crisis continues to be a priority in St. Clair County and across the state.

2023 Collaborative Accomplishments

  • Partnered with WomenInfant Children (WIC) , Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), and other preschools to distribute 100 WIC Talking is Teaching bags promoting WIC and literacy.
  • Two new StoryWalks were installed – Marysville Park and Pine River Nature Center.
  • New Talking is Teaching literacy space created at Megan Simmons – State Farm. This project will bring literacy opportunities to the families in the spaces they visit.
  • Help Me Grow is supporting partners in providing Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ) to their families. Three new partners joined this year: Great Start Home Visiting, Community First Health Centers, and Dr. Barnes.
  • 260 Talking is Teaching bags were distributed to Maternal Infant Health Program families.
  • The Great Start Parents Coalition (GSPC) hosted its first Parent Education event with 10 parents attending. The parents left positive feedback and asked for another educational event.

Chair: Julie Pemberton, Blue Water Community Action
Support Staff: Riley Alley, St. Clair County RESA


2024 Meeting Calendar

  • February 22, 2024
  • April 25, 2024
  • June 27, 2024

 Printable Meeting Calendar