Marquette-Alger Great Start Collaborative

Great Start Collaborative Marquette-Alger Logo The Marquette-Alger Great Start Collaborative is a network of educators, agencies, early childhood professionals, community leaders, and parents invested in quality early childhood and family programming, services, and supports.

Our vision for our community is that all children are born healthy; developmentally on track; ready to succeed at the time of school entry; and reading proficiently by third grade. 

The purpose of Great Start Collaboration Meetings is to ensure all work in the Collaborative is responsive and reflective of needs of children and families in our local communities. It is also to create the space to allow collaboration to happen. 

2023-2024 Meeting Schedule

Monday, September 11, 2023 from 12pm-2pm

Monday, November 13, 2023 from 12pm-2pm

Monday, January 8, 2024 from 12pm-2pm

Monday, March 11, 2024 from 12pm-2pm

Monday, May 13, 2024 from 12pm-2pm

All meetings held at Marquette-Alger RESA, 321 E. Ohio Street in Marquette. If you are interested, drop in (we provide the space and structure to collaborate plus lunch)! 

In order to achieve the early childhood outcomes, members may also select one of four workgroups to be actively engaged in achieving our vision. Our four workgroups are:

  • Literacy 
  • Physical Health
  • School Readiness
  • Social-Emotional Health/Child Abuse and Neglect Council

More information on WorkgroupsExternal Link

Another way the GSC supports family development is through Playgroups and the Great Start Family Coalitions with various monthly family events such as parent cafes. 

These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). Visit for more information!