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

The materials are funded through a grant provided by the Michigan Department
of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential.

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