Are you a parent?  Grandparent?  Caretaker?  Or Neighbor?

Please take pride in yourself for taking the right steps toward a young child’s Great Start for success.  Within this site you will find resource articles, tools and links to various other websites that can help you unravel some of the unknowns of parenting.  We’ll connect you to resources from early learning milestones, to how to connect with the doctor or counselor, to parent groups.  Take a few minutes to browse the site and you’ll see that Great Start is all about our youngest residents and how we can supply what they need to grow and prosper.
 Are you an employer of a small or large business?
We need the village to raise a child, and we need those children to grow into young adults ready and available to work.   So, we are thrilled you have landed on our web page to learn more.  Within this site you will find resource articles, tool kits and links to other websites and resource tools to enable your company to support your employees who are parents, grandparents and caretakers of our young children.  We have programs that can be presented at your facility to engage your employees and help foster the Great Start village in your business.   Please take a few minutes to browse the site and then drop us an e-mail or call us and we would be happy to come meet with you or set up a presentation to augment your health and wellness program.
What is Great Start?  Great Start was founded by the State of Michigan to wrap our arms around the resources available to children and their parents/ caretakers.  Resources are available; we will help you uncover the path to get to them in our community.   Great Start works collaboratively with parents, schools, and numerous state and private agencies to help connect the dots and ensure that every child receives a Great Start in life.   So, please if you have any questions, call us and we’ll be happy to help you in any way we can.


Latest News

Manistee Parents
Need help paying for Preschool?

The Manistee County Preschool Scholarship Program may be able to help!

This program offers funding to allow 3 and 4 year olds access to quality preschool. Interest forms are accepted year round.

Great Start Announcements

Wonder Years Newsletter is now available online

This link allows parents to find facts, tips and stories about babies who are about the same age as their own children.

Strategic Plan and Executive Summary now available – See the Documents section

Sign up now for Imagination Library-Wexford-Missaukee!
Your child will receive a free book by mail every month from birth to age 5. Go to our Facebook page “Wexford-Misssaukee-Manistee Early Childhood” or click on the following link:  If you have problems please write to us at:
Sign up now for Imagination Library-Manistee!
Your child will receive a free book by mail every month from birth to age 5. Go to our Facebook page “Wexford-Misssaukee-Manistee Early Childhood” or click on the following to download an application form link:  If you have problems please write to us at:
by Patti Borucki
Click on this link to see monthly family events in your community! Playgroups, resources, library story times–so much to do and learn!

Wexford-Missaukee Event Calendar 2016
by Nicole Schultz

There is so much going on for you and your youngsters! Check out a playgroup, or story time at the library. You’ll have so much fun.

About Us

Great Start Collaborative

The Wexford-Missaukee-Manistee Great Start Collaborative is a partnership of community leaders, business owners, charitable and faith-based organizations, health and human service agencies, educators, and parents.  It is committed to establishing and maintaining a comprehensive early childhood system.

Mission Statement

Because our community values families, the Wexford Missaukee Manistee Area Great Start Collaborative strives to assure a coordinated system of resources and supports to assist every family in providing a great start for their children from birth through age eight.

Vision Statement

The Wexford-Missaukee-Manistee Area Great Start Collaborative was formed in October 2008 (Manistee joining in 2013) with the vision that “All families are able to help children reach their full potential”.



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