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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 2012-2013 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 .

Great Start Collaborative honors Champagne & Marx Excavating Inc.

with Family Friendly Business Award for June-July 2014


SAGINAW - The Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative is honoring Champagne & Marx Excavating Inc. of Saginaw with its Family-Friendly Business Spotlight Award for June-July 2014.

The company donated their excavating services to clear the lot and prepare the area for construction of a new “Solar Spot” pavilion at the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum in Saginaw, said Angela Barris, museum director.

They were one of several local businesses to donate materials and services to help build this second phase of the Solar Spot, which is sponsored by Hemlock Semiconductor and the Dow Corning Foundation, Barris said. The pavilion will host outdoor activities including parties and camps with space for crafts and reading. The area will feature a sun dial and examples of renewable energy including a Solar Flair with solar panels on the roof.

The family-owned company, which employs about 100 people, also uses its trucks to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and raise money to help people with the disease.

Great Start is the umbrella partnership over nearly all early childhood initiatives in Saginaw County, with member agencies/programs including Birth to Five, all Saginaw County school districts, child care providers and preschools.

Parents who volunteer with the Saginaw County Great Start Parent Coalition helped choose this award designation, to honor its community service and help especially to young parents.

Great Start Collaborative selects six Family-Friendly Saginaw County businesses or agencies a year. Recipients can include businesses or agencies that reach out to families as customers with special activities, promotions or services or those that support employees with children with benefits such as on-site daycare or flexible hours.

“It is so important that we honor local businesses that truly understand the importance and value of giving children a strong start in life, and helping families to do so,” said Great Start Collaborative Director Julie Kozan. “These children are our future workforce!”

Anyone in the community can nominate a business for the award. Find a submission form on the Great Start Collaborative Web site at www.greatstartsaginaw.org and fill out online or print and mail to Julie Kozan at the Saginaw County Intermediate School District, 3860 Fashion Square, P.O. Box 5679, Saginaw MI 48603.

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