Great Start Collaborative Vision
A Great Start for every child in Kalamazoo County: safe, healthy and successful in school and life.

Great Start Collaborative Mission
The purpose of the Great Start Collaborative is to ensure a coordinated system of community resources and family supports in Kalamazoo County.


January 2020

Parent Cafe

The Kalamazoo County Great Start Collaborative (GSC) would like to invite you to participate in a training on the Parent Café Model. A Parent Café is a unique model of building the Protective Factors for families across our community. This is a strengths-based way of building leadership skills within parents and caregivers, as well as creating valuable social connections. Watch this 10-minute video from a parent group in Philadelphia that illustrates the potential power of a Parent Café.

Please RSVP by completing this form as soon as possible. Space is limited.

The Fatherhood Network - DAD Cafe

Dad Cafe

Family Music Class

Kalamazoo County Great Start Collaborative (GSC), Crescendo Academy of Music and Ministry with Community have come together to give the children of Kalamazoo ages 0-4 and adults (immediate and extended family who care for them) an amazing music experience.
Space is limited, so registration is recommended. To register, contact GSC Program Coordinator Sarah Drumm at (269) 250-9635.

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Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is presenting 'Carnival of the Animals.' Click here to get your tickets.



Sarah Drumm, Program Coordinator, 269-250-9635

Deirdre Bartells, Program Assistant, 269-250-9664

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