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Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County


Jackson Playgroups are now meeting in person again! Please email for more information.

For other events, please contact programs directly before attending. 

The Great Start Collaborative Calendar of Events lists our monthly meetings, community events that may be beneficial to you, Great Start Families activities, and Great Start Playgroups.  You will also find fun, family-friendly events located throughout Jackson County.  Make sure to check back often for the most up-to-date listings!

If you would like to submit an event to the Great Start Collaborative Calendar of Events, please email  Once reviewed, we will add it.  Thank you!

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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

Kymalee Gresh - Early Childhood Specialist

Erica Bullinger - Early Childhood Specialist

The materials are funded through a grant provided by the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential.

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