The Great Start Parent Coalition is a planning and decision-making parent leadership organization that represents the voice of the family, the child and the community relating to the Great Start Collaborative by connecting parents to services that provide childcare, early education and parent leadership development. Michigan’s Great Start prioritizes PARENT VOICE by promoting Parent Coalitions to implement parent-led initiatives and to take on parent leadership roles in organizing events and parent leadership trainings. Parent Coalition leaders also educate other parents by taking on roles as mentors, action team leaders and Trusted Advisors.
Parents know best! Who better to ask how an early childhood program is working than parents? Approximately 20% of Great Start Collaborative Members are parents. Parent leaders love to share ideas relating to improving family and school readiness for children.
Dickinson-Iron Great Start Parent Coordinator
Jonathan Ringel, M.S.