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Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County


Because we are everyday busy people just like you, we focus on reaching out in places where we are already connected like school, church, civic groups, work, and playgroups--increasing the priority of early childhood awareness one conversation at a time. We also enjoy working alongside other family-based organizations at local events, conferences, and open-houses, in order to teach and promote early childhood advocacy among Jackson families.  You can get involved promoting the importance of early childhood by participating in Great Start Families events, activities and training's and then sharing valuable information and resources that you learn. 

If the success of young children, their families and their community is important and you would like to join us, bring your family to one of our upcoming events and activities.  Sign up for the Great Start Collaborative monthly newsletters, and "Like" us on Facebook

Great Start Families Information 


Parenting Awareness Michigan
Find information and links on a wide range of parent resources on topics such as child development, kinship care, drug/alcohol use among children, ADHD resources and much more.

Love and Logic Institute - Articles for Parents
Find helpful parenting information related to common behavioral questions.

National Association for the Education of Young Children

A collection of resources specifically for families.

Great Start to Quality

Find licensed childcare (both home and center-based) anywhere in the State of Michigan.

Interested in learning more?  Contact us today!

Great Start Families Events

contact us

6700 Browns Lake Rd., Jackson MI 49201

Preschool Hotline: 517-768-5130

 connect to us

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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