The Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet, & Northern Antrim Counties is made up of more than 30 different participants and organizations from around the community. Representatives from business, health, education, human services, higher education, non-profit, court systems, parents and philanthropy all meet to create a movement in our area aimed at involving the entire community in supporting families as they raise their young children to succeed in school and in life.
G R E A T S T A R T C O L L A B O R A T I V E
Charlevoix, Emmet, & Northern Antrim Counties
The vision of the Great Start Collaborative is that every child born in Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim Counties will have a great start growing and developing in communities that promote safe and healthy learning environments for children and families.
The mission of the Great Start Collaborative is to strengthen our human and economic assets through the development and promotion of a system of support, education and wellness for children aged 0-5 and their families.
The Great Start Collaborative, along with the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, are committed to ensuring that all children under the age of 5 years receive routine developmental screenings.
Because your child's first 5 years of life are so important, we want to help you provide the best start for your child. You've been invited to participate in the Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3), to help you keep track of your child's development. The questionnaire may be provided every 2-, 4- or 6-month period. You will be asked to answer questions about some things your child can and cannot do. The questionnaire includes questions about your child's communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal social skills.
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