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Welcome to Great Start Collaborative Saginaw County

There are over 12,200 children under the age of 5 living in Saginaw County. Brain research has shown us that by age 4, 85% of a child's brain is formed.  Those first few years of life are pivotal in shaping a child's future!

The Saginaw Great Start Collaborative is a partnership of parents, community agencies, business leaders, educators, health care providers, faith and philanthropic leaders - all working together and committed to establishing and maintaining a comprehensive early childhood system that addresses all factors that have an impact on a child's readiness for school and life. A priority this year is to reduce infant mortality in our community.

The Annual Meeting PowerPoint details our accomplishments for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.  Our local collaborative is part of a larger state-wide Great Start system.

All children deserve a healthy foundation in life! To learn more or get involved, please contact Julie Kozan at 989-399-7452 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Preterm Birth Prevention Resource Collection

7,600 newborns die daily

(1). That’s more than 1 million deaths per year
(2). Read and share the collected resources below to help improve survival rates nationally and beyond.

Preterm Birth Guide from the CDC
http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/maternalinfanthealth/PretermBirth.htm

The Guide to a Fit and Healthy Pregnancy
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/pregnancy_gateway/

The Guide to Swimming and Healthy Pregnancy
http://blog.intheswim.com/health-aging-pregnancy-swimming/

The March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign
http://www.marchofdimes.org/mission/prematurity-campaign.aspx

Guide to Safe Air Travel While Pregnant
http://www.cheapflights.com/travel-tips/air-travel-and-pregnancy/

NLM's News and Research on Preterm Birth
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/prematurebabies.html

The Diabetes Guide
https://www.acls.net/health-library-diabetes.htm

Gestational Diabetes and Pregnancy
http://www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/diabetes-gestational.html
1) http://www.bbc.com/news/health-30053111
2) http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61698-6/abstract