Parent Coalition

GSPC FamilyWho are we?

The St. Clair County Great Start Parent Coalition is a group of parents working together to ensure a great start for St. Clair County's children. The Parent Coalition works to raise awareness and support for early childhood programming in the community. They give parents who are passionate about early childhood issues a way to volunteer in their own communities. The Parent Coalition also gives parents a voice in shaping programs and services used by young children and their families in St. Clair County, and they work to support the work of the Great Start Collaborative.

What's in it for you?

You will meet new friends who share your concerns about how this community can better meet the needs of families and young children. You will have a chance to develop a broader social network of people across the county whom you get to know and trust. By getting involved, you will also have the opportunity, should you choose, to develop your advocacy, public speaking and leadership skills.

You decide...

The Parent Coalition is made up of parents just like you. We know you are busy; that's why the coalition does not take a "one size fits all" approach to participating. Can't promise you can make regular meetings? That's OK. You better believe we understand. You can still get involved and stay connected regardless of the other demands on your time.

Electronic members:

Parents stay in touch with what's going on through regular email and regular newsletter.

Supportive members:

Parents attend events and activities and actively share information about their community circle but can't commit to attending meetings.

Participating members (CORE):

Parents and caregivers attend monthly meetings, volunteer at Parent Coalition and Great Start Collaborative events and activities and actively share information.

Great Start Collaborative parent representatives:

Parents serve on both the Parent Coalition and the Great Start Collaborative.

To register for the next Parent meeting follow this link. 

Parent Coalition Successes

  • Created the 2017 Summer Fun Guide for families and distributed over 3,000 copies throughout the community, as well as offered it electronically on the website.
  • In 2013, launched the Family Friendly Business Award which honors businesses or agencies that encourage and support children and families through their business practices.
  • Sponsored events such as Celebrate Your Child at the Pine River Nature Center, and the Great Start Read and Feed.
  • Added 25 new Experience Bins to our Lending Library for parents, providers, and teachers to utilize. 
  • Distribute monthly e-newsletter to over 700 families, agencies and providers throughout the county.

Join us! 

The Parent Coalition meets once a month to plan activities and support our families and young children. Meetings are always held the second Thursday of every month from 6:00p.m. to 7:30p.m. at St. Clair County RESA. FREE dinner and child care are provided at every meeting. Please RSVP in order to have enough child care staff and dinner available for all.

2018 meeting dates:

Jan. 11th May 10th Sept. 13th 
Feb. 8th June 14th Oct. 11th
Mar. 8th
No July meeting Nov. 8th
No Apr. meeting Aug. 9th No Dec. meeting


If you have any questions, or are interested in more information about the Great Start Parent Coalition, please feel free to contact the Parent Liaison at 810-455-4443 or at at any time.