Welcome to the Midland County

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What is the Midland County Great Start Collaborative?

The Midland County Great Start Collaborative is a network of service providers, parents, business and community leaders, and educators who work together to provide coordinated support for families of children from birth through age five. These individuals work together to oversee the planning, implementation, and ongoing improvement of programs and services for Midland County children and families.

The Great Start Collaborative’s goal is to help ensure that children are safe, healthy and ready to learn when they enter kindergarten in Midland County. All children deserve a healthy foundation so that they can be successful in school and in life.

Mission: To assure a coordinated system of community resources and support to all Midland County families with children prenatal to kindergarten.

Vision: All children will enter kindergarten safe, healthy and ready to succeed in school and in life.

Interested in learning more? Feel free to contact Midland County Great Start Collaborative Director Bethany Shoun at 492-7702 ext. 1173


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The early years of a child’s life provide the physical and emotional framework that shapes individual potential. During the early years a childs’ development is rapid and extensive.Experiences in these years establish intelligence, behavioral patterns, and other personality traits that will persist throughout a lifetime.

These experiences take place in the context of family and community life molded by economic and social conditions.

The Great Start System recognizes that early childhood experiences are most profound in Five Key Areas:

Visit each of the component areas above to learn more about the local work of Midland County’s Great Start Collaborative.

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