Great Start Collaborative
Jackson County

Ensuring a Great Start for Jackson's Children!

Early Childhood News & Information

2015-2016 Preschool Interest Form Now Available

Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs county-wide are currently collecting interest forms for eligible children for the 2015-2016 school year.

Not sure what type of program is right for your child? Check out the Jackson County Free Preschool Brochure.

Ready to start the application process? Visit our Preschool Partnership page to complete an interest form to see if your child          may qualify for a free preschool experience.

5/27 Great Start in Life Celebration Focus On Trauma Collaboration

Please join us as we launch a new community collaboration to repair the effects and prevent trauma on children. Mike Foley, Executive Director of Michigan Children's Trust Fund, will be the keynote speaker. Breakout groups will focus on what should be done to help children who have been traumatized, learning what agencies or groups are doing work around trauma and what is missing in Jackson County related to trauma services, supports, and coordination. For more information, view the event flyer here.

Please RSVP no later than May 20 by emailing Kelly Friedland at

Free Online Developmental Screening

Families with children between the ages of 2 months and 5 years residing in Jackson County can complete a FREE Ages and Stages developmental screening.

Click here to complete a free Ages & Stages Questionnaire on your child's development.

Click here to complete a free Ages & Stages Questionnaire on your child's social emotional development.  Click here for Spanish.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Ages & Stages Questionnaire, please Contact Us.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Executive Committee: Tuesday, 7/28 12:30-2:00 P.M. 

Family Support: Thursday, 6/11 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

Great Start Families: Monday, 6/15 5:30-7:30 P.M.

Imagination Library Fundraising Council: Tuesday, 6/2 12-1:30 P.M. 

School Readiness: Tuesday, 6/19 4:00-5:00 P.M.

If you would like to join a Great Start Collaborative committee or would like additional information, Contact Us.

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Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County     6700 Browns Lake Rd, Jackson, MI  49201

Phone: 517-768-5281

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