Community Group Meets to Celebrate Early Childhood and Plan for the Future

November 8, 2011

A few weeks ago the Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative came together with local community partners, legislators and parents to provide a local perspective on the work that the Clare and Gladwin Communities have been doing in the area of Early Childhood.

The Clare Gladwin Great Start Collaborative, which partners with the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, is a group of community leaders, businesses, charitable and faith- based organizations, health and human service agencies, educators, and parents that work together to achieve better results for young children and families

Senator Darwin Booher, and a representative from Senator John Moolenaar’s office were in attendance and were updated on the local work in Early Childhood.  They were also provided with information regarding the importance of quality Early Childhood programs and services in preparing young children to be successful in school and in life.

“Leaders in the Clare-Gladwin Community, to include Parents, are working together to be sure that every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential”, explained Heather DuBois, Great Start Collaborative Director.

“If we really want to make a difference long term, it will be by working with our youngest children” says Dan Reed, Supervisor at Community Mental Health for Central Michigan and Great Start Collaborative Board Member. “Prevention will lead to lasting change in a child’s life and for the economy.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Great Start Collaborative, or becoming involved in an Early Childhood Work Group, please contact Heather DuBois, Clare-Gladwin Great Start Collaborative Director at 989-386-8613 or e-mail at

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