Parenting & Leadership


The Great Start Parent Coalition is a group of parent volunteers who act as a bridge between the Ionia County Great Start Collaborative (ICGSC) board and the community. Our Parent Coalition is committed to educating parents and caregivers. This is done though shared leadership coordinated planning, and effective communication to help improve the stability and strength of young children and families in Ionia County.

The Parent Coalition’s primary goals are to advocate for early childhood issues and their importance, planning and coordinating community events, Educating and offering tips to parents and care givers about the importance of school readiness. Parents that are engaged in the parent coalition find themselves improving their leadership skills through volunteering,being a role model for their children, and having fun!!

Purpose Statement:

The Parent Coalition empowers parents and caregivers to speak out and make a difference for the children in Ionia County.

Chair: Jessica Murphy

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Scope of work: What do we hope to accomplish?

Join us to:

  • Have access to training in leadership
  • Advocate for birth to kindergarten entry
  • Provide valuable feedback regarding policies and programs for young children in Ionia County
  • Build a supportive network of friends
  • Have fun while improving our community

News/Related Resources:

For Meeting Minutes & Agenda contact Jessica Murphy at 616-527-4900 or