Kindergarten round-ups for the Class of 2035!

Posted on March 15th, 2022
 The Class of 2035! Kindergarten round-ups, open houses scheduled in local school districts for students enrolling in the 2022-23 school year It’s the time of year when local elementary schools roll out the welcome mat for incoming kindergartners and their families, through open houses…

Great Start Collaborative & Parent Coalition announces new director

Posted on January 21st, 2022
A new year has brought a new director to the Great Start Collaborative & Parent Coalition that serves young children and families throughout Charlevoix, Emmet and Northern Antrim counties. Savanah Cool, of Boyne City, has taken on the director position after long-time director Maureen Holl

‘Talking is Teaching’ continues to grow in local communities

Posted on August 24th, 2021
The Great Start Collaborative & Parent Coalition have had a busy summer 2021, expanding on the Talking is Teaching campaign in area parks and trails, grocery stores and more! On Aug. 13, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new Talking is Teaching Nature Trail at the McCune Nature Trail in E

Early On receives funding for supplies to support families

Posted on December 21st, 2020
Char-Em ISD Early On services received $8,000 in GEER (Governor’s Emergency Education Relief) funding to purchase technology, equipment and materials in an effort to support families accessing Early On services remotely. Items purchased included:
  • iPads with WIFI capability
  • Tripods and iP

Communication Board garners big attention and helps kids have fun!

Posted on December 21st, 2020
A new Core Communication Board has been installed at the playground at East Jordan Elementary School to provide visual support for students who struggle with communication to help them express their interests, needs and wants while on the playground.    Rachael Tisron, an assistant i…

Talking is Teaching!

Posted on December 9th, 2019
New Great Start Collaborative & Parent Coalition initiative encourages parents to engage children in everyday moments Everyday conversations with young children can have the power to boost their brain and vocabulary development through the simple act of talking. That is the premise behin…
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