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Genesee County Great Start Collaborative
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The Genesee County Great Start Collaborative is a coalition of community agencies, business partners, faith partners, schools, health care providers, parents, and individuals working together to improve programs and services for families with children from birth to age five. The collaborative pledges to be family guided; community based; nonpartisan; use evidence based strategies with measurable results; and to be accountable to the community.

The coalition has identified the following priority areas for work group focus:
  • Improved quality and access to high quality early care and education for children birth - five in Genesee County.
  • A treatment court model for infants and parents facing termination of parental rights.
  • A medical home for children to improve access to well baby care, preventable illness, immunizations, developmental screenings, and treatment for minor illness.
  • Improved access by parents, grandparents and others caring for children to parent education programs and resources.
  • Improved understanding of the effect of mental health and self regulation of parents and children on the development and success of children.

The Genesee County Great Start Collaborative operates in accordance with its current Strategic Plan, and also periodically produces the Great Start Collaborative - Report to the Community, which contains information and data specific to the status of young children in Genesee County.

Our Funding
The Genesee County Great Start Collaborative is a grantee of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, with Genesee Intermediate School District as the fiduciary. Additional funding to support the collaborative is provided by the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and the United Way of Genesee County.

Our Location
Program staff and offices are located in the Genesee Intermediate School District’s Health, Safety, and Nutrition Services department, located at G-2284 South Ballenger Highway in Flint.

Additional Information
For more information, or to become a member of the Great Start Collaborative, contact Judy Fridline, Coordinator, at (810) 591-5592 or by email at .