Parent Coalition


What is a Parent Coalition?


All children deserve a Great Start -- and YOU can help! Parents are their child's first and most important teacher and provide a valuable perspective about early childhood needs. A Parent Coalition offers parents a chance to have a voice in a "grassroots" effort to advocate for their children and on behalf of all children.


As a member of the Parent Coalition, your work may include:


• Building public support for early childhood

• Receiving advocacy and leadership training to serve on local community boards and committees to promote services for children 0-5

• Having fun and making a difference

• Educating policy-makers on the importance of investing in the first five years of life

• Meeting new people and develop lasting friendships

• Helping support the purpose of the Great Start Collaborative

• Sharing information and participating in decision-making processes related to early childhood services.


The Parent Coalition is open to all parents/caregivers in Calhoun County ages birth to 12 who are committed to ensuring a great start for every child.


For more information on the Great Start Collaborative Parent Coalition,

call Zoe Brainard (269) 660-1606 ext. 6144


Parent Coalition Membership Form



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