Great Start Parent Coalition

Who are we?

The St. Clair County Great Start Parent Coalition is a group of parents working together to ensure a great start for St. Clair County's children.  The Parent Coalition works to raise awareness and support for early childhood programming in the community. They give parents who are passionate about young child issues a way to volunteer in their own communities.  The Parent Coalition also gives parents a voice in shaping programs and services used by young children and their families in St. Clair County, and they work to support the work of the Great Start Collaborative.

What's in it for you?

You will meet new friends who share your concerns about how this community can better meet the needs of families and young children. you will have a chance to develop a broader social network of people across the county whom you get to know and trust.  By getting involved, you will also have the opportunity, should you choose, to develop your advocacy, public speaking and leadership skills.   

You decide...

The Parent Coalition is made up of parents just like you.  We know you are busy; that's why the coalition does not take a "one size fits all" approach to participating.  Can't promise you can make regular meetings? That's OK. You better believe we understand. You can still get involved and stay connected regardless of the other demands on your time.   

Electronic members:

Parents stay in touch with what's going on through regular email and regular newsletter.

Supportive members:

Parents attend events and activities and actively share information about their community circle but can't commit to attending meetings.

Participating members (CORE):

Parents and caregivers attend monthly meetings, volunteer at Parent Coalition and Great Start Collaborative events and activities and actively share information.

Great Start Collaborative parent representatives:

Parents serve on both the Parent Coalition and the Great Start Collaborative. 

Join us! 

The Parent Coalition meets once a month to plan activities and support our families and young children. Meetings are always held the second Thursday of every month from 6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. at the YMCA of the Blue Water Area.  FREE dinner and child care are provided at every meeting. Please RSVP in order to have enough child care staff and dinner available for all.

2013 meeting dates:  

December 12th

2014 meeting dates:

January 9th May 8th September 11th

February 13th June 12th October 9th 

March 13th July 10th November 13th

April 10th August 7th December 11th

If you have any questions, or are interested in more information about the Great Start Parent Coalition, please feel free to contact the Parent Liaison  at 810-455-4443 or at at any time.

To register for the next meeting, please complete and submit the information below: 

Parent Coalition Successes
  • In 2013, launched the Family Friendly Business Award which honors businesses or agencies that encourage and support children and families through their business practices.
  • Sponsored events such as Celebrate Your Child at the Pine River Nature Center, and the Great Start Read and Feed.
  • Added 25 new Experience Bins to the Lending Library for parents, providers, and teachers to utilize.
  • Distributed 4000 copies of the 2013 Summer Fun Guide throughout St. Clair County, as well as offered it electronically on the website.
  • In March 2012, the Great Start Parent Coalition invited our local legislators to speak with parents and community members about Gov. Snyder's proposed budget and it's effects on our children.