Great Start Parent Coalition

What is the Washtenaw great start parent coalition?

Parents meetingThe mission of the Washtenaw Great Start Parent Coalition is to engage and empower parents through education around early childhood development, community resources and advocacy opportunities on behalf of all families in Washtenaw County. 

We do this in four key ways:

  • Support each other in our journeys as parents
  • Educate parents about growth and development from birth to school age
  • Offer our experiences and voices so that the leaders of our community know what parents truly need
  • Talk with legislators about the programs and services parents and children need to be successful

We are a supportive network of parents who:

  • Help each other on our parenting journeys
  • Organize and attend community events to share information on the importance of early childhood programs
  • Know that our voices matter when it comes to supporting our community's youngest members
  • Work with other community leaders to develop a system of services to meet the needs of infants, young children, and their parents

We have reached out to our parent community to make sure parents are aware of allboy riding a motorcycle of the great programs and services that are available to help them in the toughest job in the world – parenting well!

A small sample of the activities we are involved in…

  • Touch-a-Truck – an enormous community service fair with over 30 trucks for children to explore and just as many agencies for parents to learn about. Held at Ypsilanti Community High School in May, Touch-a-Truck introduces parents to many local services including preschools, playgroups, and other organizations
  • Pre School Expo – a community fair of local preschool programs that explain their different programs, enrollment procedures and available financial support.
  • Monthly Parent Meetings – a monthly meeting in which we choose a topic and gather to share our experiences. Professional speakers and presenters are often brought in to help us in our understanding of early childhood development.

For updates on new events and meetings, please visit our Facebook page.

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Non Discrimination Information

Title IX Coordinator ADA and Title IX Coordinator
Brian Marcel
Associate Superintendent
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1402
Cassandra Harmon-Higgins
Executive Director, HR & Legal Services
1819 S. Wagner Road 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103
(734) 994-8100 ext. 1311