Parent engagement is key to Great Start’s success! The Great Start Collaborative utilizes a needs based approach to helping families. By listening to parents and providing parent leaders a ‘voice’ at all Great Start meetings, top family concerns are prioritized with action plans, action steps and solutions discussed.
The Dickinson Iron Parent Coalition, under the outstanding leadership of Jonathan Ringel, implements core parent leaders meetings, monthly Parent Strong meetings, parent leadership trainings and various family events. The goal of the Great Start Parent Coalition is to support parents as part of a mission to increase family access to early childhood programs and to provide support, services and resources to all families, especially families with the highest need.
It is essential to engage parents in the work of developing Michigan’s early childhood system. The Dickinson Iron Great Start Parent Leadership And Family Support Action Team Members have focused on working with the community to create specific change and system building relating to a focus on parent-led goals.
CHILD CARE PROVIDER VOICE
Great Start parents and child care providers are opening communication by checking weekly updates on the greatstart4parents.org website. Events, trainings, meetings and other important information will be available way ahead time for both parents and child care providers to view. Each year, all child care providers make a personal connection with Great Start leaders and Misty, the Great Start to Quality Specialist by the beginning of October. We all want to join together to help our children succeed in school and life. Together we all can contribute to early learning, early literacy, movement activities, social and emotional health . . . to benefit young children! Let's all be a united front when it comes to helping children and families! Please email Barb anytime to add special child care provider information to share. email@example.com
In Michigan, every child has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and in life! Great Start serves families by providing support, resources and services. Dickinson-Iron Great Start Mottos are:
IT IS ALL ABOUT CHILDREN!
SYSTEM BUILDING WORKS – TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE!
GREAT START DIRECTOR
In Michigan, parents are shining stars!
Parents are children's first and most important teachers!
Great Start empowers parents and prioritizes parent leadership.
The Dickinson-Iron Great Start leaders believe in PARENT VOICE and
excitement is building for beginning the PARENT STRONG LEADERS!
GREAT START PARENT COORDINATOR
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