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Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County


We still have slots available for the 22-23 if your child is 4 before December 1, 2022.  If your child is 4 after December 1, 2022,  we will start taking applications for the 23-24 school year starting in February.  If you have any questions please call our hotline at 517-768-5130.


Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs in Jackson County are currently accepting interest forms for 3 and 4 year old children for the 2022-2023 School Year. Children must be 4 years old by December 1, 2022, to qualify for the Great Start Readiness Program and 3 year old by December 1, 2022, to qualify for Head Start.

22-23 Jackson County Preschool Interest Form


The Great Start Collaborative is offering a free texting service to parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age 8. Once you sign up, you will receive messages based on your child's age.  You will also receive messages about events in the Jackson area.

Text GREATSTART TO 274448 to sign up today!   

Free Online Developmental Screening

Families with children between the ages of 2 months and 5 years living in Jackson County can complete a FREE Ages and Stages developmental screening.

Complete the free Ages & Stages Questionnaire on your child's development.

Complete the free Ages & Stages Questionnaire on your child's social emotional development.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Ages & Stages Questionnaire, please Contact Us

Upcoming Community group Meetings

Community Group

January 12, 2023


Visit our calendar for future meeting information. 

If you would like to attend a Great Start Collaborative community group meeting or would like additional information, Contact Us.


Sign up for the Great Start Collaborative of Jackson's monthly newsletter! This newsletter will come to your email inbox during the beginning of each month. In this newsletter you will find information on child development, social emotional resources, fun activities to do with children and much more. Also included are community events and resources that are happening around Jackson. This is a great resource to find helpful and fun information for your family!

Newsletter Sign-Up Link

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6700 Browns Lake Rd., Jackson MI 49201

Preschool Hotline: 517-768-5130

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Our Staff

Kelly Sheppard - Early Childhood Consultant

Bridget Griffith - Early Childhood Coordinator

Kathy Schaefer - Early Childhood Administrative and Data Support Specialist 

Jean Allison - Early Childhood Specialist

Wendy Bell - Early Childhood Specialist

Catherine Brubaker - Early Childhood Specialist

Karyn Head - Early Childhood Specialist

These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

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