The Great Start Initiative is aimed at making a difference in the first years of a child’s life – years that are critical to future development – through better health and mental health care, child care and early learning, parenting leadership, and family support. Understanding the status of young children in their community is a strategic part of the work conducted by each of the Great Start Collaboratives in Michigan. This is one in an ongoing series of articles that share the stories of how some Collaboratives are reacting to data about the status of young children in their community, and working to address those issues.
DICKINSON-IRON — A combination of data from a wide variety of sources in recent years convinced the Great Start Collaborative in the Dickinson and Iron Counties of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that an early literacy initiative was imperative for their communities.
As a result, the 2013 Great Start Fund Development initiative was started to raise money for the purchase and distribution of children’s books through four initiatives. The goal is to raise $10,000 to buy 5,000 books by October 1.