About Us


The first five years of a child’s life are a time of great opportunity. Research tells us that the quality early learning experiences and environments directly impact children’s success in school and beyond. Well-prepared children strengthen the community socially, emotionally and economically. Today’s children are tomorrow’s workers, parents and leaders. Investing in our future starts with giving our children a “Great Start”.

The collaborative focuses on 4 outcomes directed by the state of Michigan.  These include:

  1. Children are born healthy
  2. Children are healthy, thriving, and developmentally on track from birth to 3rd
  3. Children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at the time of entry
  4. Children are prepared to succeed in 4th grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of the 3rd grade

Meet our Great Start team!


Great Start Director

Sarah Hanson



Early Childhood Services Coordinator/ Parent Liaison

Jennifer MacDonald

Great Parents/ Great Start Community Educator


Mary Bauer

You can reach any one of us at:

Menominee County Intermediate School District

1201 41st Avenue

Menominee, MI 49858

(906) 863-5665, ext. 1028


These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.

To learn more about this state-wide initiative please go here.