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. **Please note that these dates are tentative. Please check out our newsletter or follow us on Facebook   for possible cancellations. 

2017 meeting dates:

January 14th                  
May 11th                        
September 7th
February 11th
June 8thOctober 12th
March 9th
July 13th
November 9th
April 13th August 10th December 7th

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 Meeting

Your Name and Information
Parent Coalition Successes
  • Created the 2015 Summer Fun Guide for families and distributed over 2,500 copies throughout the community, as well as offered it electronically on the website.
  • 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 our Lending Library for parents, providers, and teachers to utilize. 
  • Distribute monthly e-newsletter to over 700 families, agencies and providers throughout the county.
Summer Fun Guide
SFG 2015