Great Start Collaborative
Jackson County

Ensuring a Great Start for Jackson's Children!

Jackson Educators for Young Children (JEYC)

Jackson Educators for Young Children was established in the late 1970's by a group of child care professionals who had a shared vision to develop a strong early childhood program for Jackson County.  Directors met monthly, sharing ideas to take back to their centers.  Soon the Young 5's program was established through the efforts of this organization.

JEYC continues to have a strong impact in the early childhood profession in Jackson County.  Training in the HighScope curriculum was brought to ten centers in across the County through grant funding awarded to JEYC.  Several member directors became certified HighScope trainers, ensuring that young children have the opportunity to attend programs offering a research-based curriculum that provides children with the skills needed to succeed as they begin their educational journey.  Training efforts continue today, driven by the needs of members. 

JEYC Membership Benefits:

Low annual dues are only $35 per year and include the following:

  • Discounted training for center staff
  • Membership to the Nonprofit Network, which serves Jackson and Lenawee Counties
  • Trainings offered to members throughout the year
  • Seven trainings offered annually specifically for directors
  • Month of the Young Child community activities
  • Center marketing events
  • Great Start to Quality support 

For more information, or to become a member download the 2012 2013 JEYC Membership Brochure or contact Kathy Hoszkiw at (517) 784-9161. 

JEYC Members:

Links to Early Childhood Resources:

American Academy of Pediatrics

Central Michigan 2-1-1

Child Care Licensing - Department of Human Services

Child Care Exchange

Child Care Network

Early Childhood Investment Corporation

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

JEYC Documents:

Membership Documents:




Our mission is to support child care professionals with their daily operations through trainings, quality improvement, networking and community outreach.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

June 15, 2015 5:30 PM • Immanuel Lutheran Church 1505 W. Michigan Ave, Jackson

Looking for additional training opportunities? 

Visit Great Start Connect to see what is available in your area:


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

Phone: 517-768-5281

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