Great Start Collaborative and Partner Organizations
Great Start Collaborative and Partner Organizations
The Ingham Great Start Collaborative (GSC) is a coalition of the Power of We, which is the multipurpose collaborative body for human service agencies in the Capital Area. The Ingham Great Start Collaborative is part of the Michigan's Great Start system. Information about resources in Ingham and other counties is available at Michigan Office of Great Start.

INGHAM Great Start Collaborative VISION

Every child ready to succeed in school and life.

ingham Great Start Collaborative Mission

Every family has access to a universal, comprehensive, and collaborative spectrum of community-based, early childhood programs, services, supports, and strategies.

The Ingham Great Start Collaborative (GSC) 2014-2017 Strategic Plan and Action Agenda Summary can be viewed at Ingham Great Start.   

The Ingham GSC meets the second Wednesday of every month from 1:00-3:00 pm, at Grace United Methodist Church, 1900 Boston Boulevard, in Lansing. Agendas and meeting notes can be found at Ingham Great Start.  

Several workgroups also meet monthly to address specific priorities in the County: Great Start Family Coalition, GSRP Advisory Council, Infant Mortality Coalition, Operations Committee, Local Leadership Group, School Readiness Advisory Commttee, Social-Emotional Health Workgroup


Participating Partners


  • Capital Area Community Services Head Start (CACS Head Start and Early Head Start)
  • Capital Area United Way
  • Capital Region Community Foundation
  • Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS)
  • Central Michigan Association for Education of Young Children (CMAEYC)
  • Community Mental Health (CMH)
  • City of Lansing
  • Community Education Programs
  • Dansville Public Schools
  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
  • Early Childhood Literacy Coalition
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  • Early On
  • Eaton RESA
  • EC3 Childcare
  • Edgewood Village (East Lansing)
  • Expanded Food & Nutrition Program—MSU Extension (EFNP)
  • Family Outreach Services 
  • GSC Parent Coalition
  • GSC Parent Partners
  • Helping Hands Child Care Center
  • Holt Public Schools Community Education
  • Impression 5
  • Ingham County Health Department (ICHD)
  • Ingham Health Plan (IHP)
  • Ingham Healthy Families
  • Ingham Intermediate School District (IISD)
  • Ingham Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
  • Kellogg Foundation
  • Lansing City Council
  • Lansing Community College Child Development Program (LCC)
  • Lansing School District
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Maternal Infant Health (MIHP)
  • Michigan Community Coordinated Child Care (MI 4C)
  • Michigan School Readiness Programs (MSRP)
  • Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development
  • Michigan State University Child Development Labs
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  • Office for Young Children (Central Region Child Care Resource Center) 
  • One Love Global 
  • Parent Infant Program (PIP)
  • Parent Young Child Program (PYC)
  • PNC Bank Grow Up Great
  • Power of We Consortium
  • Professional Program Services (PPS)
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Sparrow Health Systems
  • Stockbridge Community Schools
  • Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (TEACH)
  • Teens Working Together
  • WKAR
  • Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
  • Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA)


Brewer, Emily
Director, Early Childhood Special Education 0-3
Mervyn, Corrie
Director, Preschool Instruction
Nicholson, Michelle
Executive Director, Early Childhood Services