The purpose of the Great Start Collaborative is to coordinate systems of community resources and supports for families. Great Start joins together with parents, school staff and community leaders to create family opportunities that increase school readiness.


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For more information on activites and local events, please visit our parent coalition groups on Facebook.

Gogebic County Great Start Parent Coalition

Ontonagon Co. and Watersmeet Great Start Families

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Calendar of Events

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Explore! Play! Learn! Toddler Playgroup
Great Start Classroom - Washington Elementary School - Bessemer
Great Start Collaborative

Explore! Play! Learn! Toddler Playgroup. 

Sponsored by:  Wisconsin Early Childhood Collaborating Partners, WI FACETS, Family Forum, Iron County Health Department, Great Start Collaborative, Hurley 4K program, & MSU Extension. 

Fun activities for toddlers, snacks, and door prizes!

Free to all children ages 0-3 in Iron County WI or Gogebic County MI. Parent or Guardian must accompany children. 

Time: 10am-11am

Location: Great Start Classroom at Washington Elementary School in Bessemer

Dates & Topics:

April 9th - Lets Get Messy Art

April 30th - ABCs and 123s

May 14th - Exploration for Little Hands

June 11th - Moving & Calming Yoga

July 9th - Rhythm & Rhyme Music Time

August 13th - Lets Get Messy Art

September 10th - Moving and Grooving

October 8th - Exploration for Little Hands

November 12th - Lets Get Messy Art

December 10th - Moving and Grooving

January 14th, 2017 - Exploration for Little Hands

For more information, contact Erin Ross: (906) 663-4045

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Child Care Resources

Parents and Child Care Providers:

Please click on the Great Start to Quality image below for information, OR, call 906-228-3362 or 877-614-7328                                           

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Heather Beck, Director
Great Start Collaborative
P.O. Box 218   Bergland, MI  49910
Phone: 906-575-3438 x 103
Fax:      906-575-3373