Great Start News
Our Children, Our Community, Our Future
The purpose of the Jackson Great Start Collaborative is to form a countywide network with diverse representation from all sectors of the community including, education and childcare, health and human services, businesses, faith-based organizations, and families. Together we work to ensure Jackson County children are born healthy, developmentally on track, ready to succeed when entering school, and are reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Talking is Teaching Tips Calendar
DID YOU KNOW???
Books and Video
Inside on a Rainy Day
Sing and Play!
Using fingerplays, songs and rhymes helps children learn language by increasing vocabulary, learning the sounds of words and hearing the rhythm of language. Children can also gain large and small motor skills by performing movements required in fingerplays.
THINGS TO DO!
LOCAL EVENTS AND PROGRAMS
Enrollment for 2023-2024 GSRP Preschool and Head Start is now open!!!!
Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is open! If your child will be 4 on or before December 1st, 2023 he/she may be eligible.
Head Start and GSRP programs are free to families who qualify and are located throughout Jackson County. Please visit here http://www.greatstartjackson.org/preschoolpartnership to view the income eligibility chart, a map of both Head Start and GSRP locations, and the list of income documents that you will need to bring with you in order to complete your application.
To begin the process of applying, please complete the interest form or call (517) 768-5130 to apply over the phone. After completing the interest form, you will begin receiving robocalls and text messages on how to complete your application.
Jackson District Library
The Jackson District Libraries have many events happening around the community. Click on the link for the calendar of events:
Kelly Sheppard: Great Start/Early Childhood Consultant email@example.com
Bridget Griffith: Great Start/Early Childhood Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathy Schaefer: Great Start/Early Childhood Support Specialist email@example.com
Meaghan Branigan-Lowe: Great Start Playgroups Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org