December 2021

The Great Start Collaborative Team would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Holiday Season.

Best Wishes for 2022 from Sarah, Deirdre, Ashley and Jen!

Great Start Collaborative News and Events

Families Connect: Parent Coalition

Parents & Caregivers: We look forward to seeing you at our Families Connect Meetings in 2022! Our monthly Parent Coalition Meetings are opportunities to connect with other parents & caregivers, learn about parenting and child development, and help support families and early childhood initiatives in our community. Your voice matters! We will also be hosting several Parent Cafes, which are designed to be welcoming spaces for parents and caregivers to connect and talk about the challenges and victories of raising a family. Learn more about how Protective Factors can help keep your family strong. Check our website (linked) soon to register and receive zoom links to the meetings!


Talking is Teaching

TT Holiday Bag Giveaway flyer

Great Start Collaborative Staff

Sarah Drumm, Program Coordinator, 269-250-9635

Deirdre Bartells, Program Assistant, 269-250-9664

Ashley Drenth, Parent Liaison, 269-250-9665

Jen Stroven, Talking is Teaching Campaign Manager, 269-250-9701


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.

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