Family Coalition

Family Coalition

What is the Family Coalition?
The Great Start Family Coalition is an important component of the Great Start System in Midland County. The Great Start Collaborative (GSC) is composed of community leaders from the fields of physical health, mental health, business and philanthropy, as well as parents. The Family Coalition works in conjunction with the GSC and the Central Resource Center.

The GSC and the Family Coalition work together to oversee the planning, implementation, collaboration and ongoing improvement of programs and services to children in our area. The GSC focuses on early childhood resources for all children prenatal to kindergarten. The vision of the Great Start Collaborative is to ensure that all children will enter kindergarten safe, healthy, and ready to succeed in school and in life!

Click here to access Winter 2015 quarterly Parent Coalition Newsletter.

Click here to access Fall 2014 quarterly Parent Coalition Newsletter.

Click here to access the Winter 2012-13 quarterly Parent Coalition Newsletter.

Click here to access the Fall 2012 quarterly Parent Coalition Newsletter.

What’s in it for you?
Being involved with the Family Coalition provides members the opportunity to meet with other parents, engage in leadership training, professional development, and parent-to-parent learning experiences. We build strong, lasting relationships while working to educate ourselves and the community!

Why is family involvement so important?
Parents have their children’s best interest at heart. Families are aware of what is going on in our community and we are able to see what is needed to improve existing programs. Together, we can think creatively, coming up with new ideas to improve the community we are raising our children in. We can also be the voice for our children, serving as their advocates and mentoring others in the community. Most importantly, our input helps all children and families in the community, not just our own!


Choose your level of participation:

  • Attend monthly meetings
  • Represent the coalition at community events
  • Join our Great Start Collaborative Network

The Midland County Great Start Family Coalition meets at the Longview Early Childhood Center (located at 337 Lemke St. Midland, MI 48642). Anyone is welcome to attend any of the coalition meetings; we welcome parents, community members, businesses, and agencies at any time! Dinner is provided as well as licensed childcare, so in order to help us plan appropriately we do ask that you R.S.V.P ahead of time. Feel free to call Amanda Hawkins, Family Liaison, at 989-492-7702 ext 1129 or email at for more information about meetings, to R.S.V.P. to a meeting, or for information about how to join the Midland County Family Coalition.

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