Dickinson and Iron Counties

ABOUT GREAT START

GREAT START is Michigan’s nationally recognized state-wide initiative supporting school readiness and life success for young children.  The Dickinson Iron Great Start Collaborative is beginning year 12 as one of Michigan’s 54 Great Start Collaboratives!  The Dickinson Iron Great Start Collaborative and Great Start Parent Coalition began in March 2006 as one of the first 14 collaboratives to be funded in Michigan.

 

MISSION STATEMENT  The MISSION of the Great Start Collaborative is to engage the entire community to assure a coordinated system of support, services and resources is available to assist Dickinson and Iron County families in achieving a ‘great start’ in school for all children from birth to eight years old.

 

KEY GREAT START PARTNERS

Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District

Dickinson-Iron Health Departments

Department Of Health And Human Services

Northpointe Behavioral Healthcare

Great Start To Quality UP Resource Center

Great Start Parent Coalition

Kiwanis Club of Iron Mountain-Kingsford

United Way of Dickinson County

 

greatstart4kids.org website was developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education

 

2017-2018 GREAT START SUCCESSES

 

> $30,000 is leveraged - Imagination Library

> 1,100 children receive IMAGINATION LIBRARY books monthly

> 5,000 children impacted by RAISE A READER Programs

> 2,000 participated in 8 Great Start Community Events

> 7,500 visitors viewed the Great Start Websites

> 6 Great Start Action Teams met 30 times

> 39 child care providers visited - given Appreciation Plaques

> 66 community partners collaborated with Great Start

> 25 Great Start leaders helping start Children’s Museum

> 48 preschool and elementary teachers receive Peace Walks

> 7 Buddy Benches delivered to schools by Kiwanis–Great Start

 

 

 

GREAT START LEADERS

BARB REISNER, M.S., M.ED.

Barb is the Director of the Dickinson Iron Great Start Collaborative.  Barb's leadership role in Great Start is to engage Dickinson and Iron County community partners in providing services, resources and support to families!  By system building and involving the entire community, Great Start meets the challenge of achieving school readiness for all young children.

 

 

JONATHAN RINGEL, M.S.

Jonathan is the Coordinator of the Dickinson Iron Great Start Parent Coalition.  Jonathan's leadership role is to bring parents together to enhance their leadership and parenting skills.  Strengthening families and promoting parents as leaders is the key to Great Start's success!

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Please follow through and complete our Imagination Library Survey (click on the big RED BUTTON) and help us keep Imagination Library available for all children in Dickinson and Iron Counties!  Let's continue to put books in the hands of children as early and often as possible!

 

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Kingsford, MI

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is Michigan’s nationally recognized state-wide initiative supporting school readiness and life success for young children.  The Dickinson Iron Great Start Collaborative is beginning year 12 as one of Michigan’s 54 Great Start Collaboratives!  The Dickinson Iron Great Start Collaborative and Great Start Parent Coalition began in March 2006 as one of the first 14 collaboratives to be funded in Michigan.