Doula training to be held in Boyne City in May 2023

Posted on January 31st, 2023
New Medicaid coverage of doula services expected to increase demand BOYNE CITY – Pregnant individuals and their families in Michigan have a new birthing option that is covered by Medicaid as of Jan. 1, 2023 – doula services. Michigan Medicaid insurance will now cover different types…

$5,000 preschool grant supports tuition for Northern Michigan families

Posted on January 20th, 2023
The Consumers Energy Foundation recently granted $5,000 to the Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition of Charlevoix, Emmet and Northern Antrim Counties to support preschool tuition for families in need.  “The Great Start Collaborative aims to ensure all children are developm

Great Start hosts volunteer drop-in, distributes Baby Bundles

Posted on November 29th, 2022
Earlier in November, the Great Start Collaborative hosted its second drop-in volunteer day and it was another smashing hit in terms of new faces and generous volunteers, according to GSC Director Savanah Cool.  “Additionally, we created new partnerships with child welfare agencies, pr

‘Talking is Teaching’ campaign expands to Emmet County’s Camp Petosega

Posted on October 12th, 2022
Visitors to Emmet County’s Camp Petosega will have something new to talk about during their next visit: A new Talking is Teaching trail has been established by the Great Start Collaborative and Parent Coalition of Charlevoix, Emmet and Northern Antrim Counties.
Talking is Teaching is a nationa

Calling all families who grocery shop with their kids!

Posted on June 14th, 2022
‘Talking is Teaching’ arriving with fun giveaways in local grocery stores June 18, 2022 Families with children ages birth through five who bring their children grocery shopping are encouraged to stop by Louie’s Fresh Market locations on Saturday, June 18, 2022, for new “Talking is Teach…

Charlevoix County Community Foundation grants support preschool tuition

Posted on June 2nd, 2022
This year brought a new partnership between the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and the Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet, and northern Antrim counties, with the foundation awarding several grants for preschool scholarships.  This past spring, the foundation prov

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
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