Great Start Collaborative
GSC LogoGreat Start Collaborative (GSC) 

The Great Start Collaborative (GSC) is a unique mixture of dedicated individuals working to improve early childhood systems in Lapeer County. Members include parents, service agencies, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations, the hospital, child care providers and many more.

We know that each year too many children enter kindergarten with previously unidentified health, social-emotional or learning problems. Parents of young children, across our county, lack easy access to information and resources in their communities that can help them in their role as their child’s first and most important teachers.

Research studies have demonstrated that investment in the first five years of life pays high dividends both to the public and to the individual. In fact for each dollar spent before age five, there is a $7.00 - $17.00 rate of return that is realized through increased success in high school, higher earning employment opportunities and a decreased likelihood of incarceration. 

If you would like to know more about the work of the GSC or become involved, contact Linda DeTavernier, GSC Coordinator at 810-245-3990 or email at: