Great Start Families empower parents and caregivers to make a difference for the children in Jackson County. Parents and caregivers who are involved in the work of the Great Start:
Have access to training and learning opportunities
Provide valuable feedback
Learn ways to build confidence speaking up for their young children
Build a supportive network of friends
Have fun and stay connected with their community
Interested in learning more? Contact us today!
Parent Liaison: Jennifer Ganzel 517-745-9544
Facebook: Jackson Great Start Families
What is Great Start Families?
We are a grass-roots network of parents and caregivers who believe the potential of this community lies in the potential of its youngest citizens, and we want the best for both. Therefore, you will typically find us working together to educate ourselves, fellow parents, and other leaders as to the real impact of early childhood experiences not only in the home but on Jackson as a whole.
Because we are everyday busy people just like you, we focus on reaching out in places where we are already connected like school, church, civic groups, work, and playgroups--increasing the priority of early childhood awareness one conversation at a time. We also enjoy working alongside other family-based organizations at local events, conferences, and open-houses, in order to teach and promote early childhood advocacy among Jackson families.
If the success of young children, their families and their community is important and you would like to join us bring your family for a meal at our monthly gathering. *We meet on the third Monday of each month; dinner begins promptly at 5:30 PM, and free child care is available beginning at 5:50 PM, as we prepare to introduce our monthly featured guest speaker at 6:00 PM. Please contact Parent Liaison Jennifer Ganzel with questions or to register for a gathering. *Schedules and weather may create changes in the meeting date and/or location.
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