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Every child deserves a great start.

The Ionia County Great Start Collaborative is a partnership of community leaders, business owners, charitable and faith-based organizations, health and human service agencies, educators, child care providers, and parents. We firmly believe the first few years of life are the most important in determining a child’s physical and emotional health for the rest of their lives. We are committed to establishing and maintaining a comprehensive early childhood system. It is our goal to make sure every young child in our community has a great start.


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The Collaborative

  • Engages community partners in the planning and coordination of services.
  • Addresses the factors that influence a child’s readiness for school and life.
  • Promotes community awareness of early childhood issues.
  • Advocates for quality early childhood programs and services.