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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Apr 19
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Literacy Night
Great Start Collaborative
Apr 19
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Washington Elementary School - Bessemer, MI

Free family literacy night at Washington Elementary in Bessemer. April 19, 5:30-7:00pm. 

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Apr 21
5:45 PM to 7:00 PM
Family Literacy Night
Great Start Collaborative
Apr 21
5:45 PM to 7:00 PM
Ontonagon Head Start

Family Literacy Night at Ontonagon Head Start 5:45pm-7pm on Thursday April 21st. 

Apr 22
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Baby & Me Art Classes
Gogebic-Ontonagon Family Fun Event Calendar
Apr 22
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Downtown Art Place - Ironwood (105 E Aurora St.)
$5 per child

Friday April 22nd 10am-11am.  Ages 10 months - 5  years. $5 per child. Children must be accompanied by parent or adult. Class is held at the Downtown Art Place classroom - 105 E Aurora St. Ironwood. 

Join Karen Kangas as she helps create a unique art project with your baby while learning ways to exercise babys motor skills. 

To register please email:

Apr 23
8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Children's Activities at DOVE Color Run
Great Start Collaborative
Apr 23
8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Near the Pavilion at Sunday Lake in Wakefield

Join us for children's activities at the DOVE color run on Saturday April 23 from 8am until approx 10:30am.  We'll be making colored bubbles! Look for our table near the pavilion on Sunday Lake in Wakefield. 

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Apr 30
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Explore! Play! Learn! Toddler Playgroup
Great Start Collaborative
Apr 30
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Great Start Classroom - Washington Elementary School - Bessemer

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

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

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