The Mecosta-Osceola Great Start Collaborative is a partnership of parents, businesses, faith based, child care providers, education, as well as health and human service organization leaders.

The Great Start Collaborative [GSC] is charged with creating and maintaining an early childhood where all children are supported in order to reach their full potential.  The GSC explores the current systems, identifies gaps and broken systems, and implements sustainable processes.  

  • Children are born healthy.
  • Children are healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to third grade.
  • Children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of school entry.
  • Children prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.
Mecosta-Osceola Great Start Collaborative