Great Start Collaborative and Partner Organizations

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


Every child ready to succeed in school and life.


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


Ingham GSC meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of the month from 1:00-3:30 pm, at Grace United Methodist Church, 1900 Boston Boulevard in Lansing. Access the current Strategic Plan, Action Agenda, meeting notes and agendas at Ingham Great Start.   

Workgroups also meet monthly to address specific priorities in Ingham 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)
  • Contact Us

    Boyce, Wendy
    Great Start Collaborative Co-Coord and Specialist
    Nicholson, Michelle
    Executive Director, Early Childhood Services