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850 W. Sharon Avenue, Suite 6
Houghton, MI 49931
Cathy Benda, Director
906.482.9353 [fax]


  The Early Childhood Parent Coalition

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January 14th, 2015

The Copper Country Great Start Collaborative would like to welcome Kelly DeWahl as the new Parent Engagement Coordinator. Kelly's role with the GSC is to act as a liaison between early child programs, collaborative partners, and parents, as well as provide parents with information, education and resources on raising young children. Kelly will lead the Copper Country Great Start Parent Coalition and be an integral part of the local Great Start strategic planning process. Kelly lives in Calumet, is married and is the mother of 12 week old Caleb. She can be reached at 906-482-9365.

The Great Start Collaboratives throughout Michigan work in local communities to ensure that the entire state is making significant progress toward the four early childhood outcomes identified by Governor Snyder. These outcomes are:

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 time of school entry.

Children are prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.

The Great Start Parent Coalitions (GSPC), through their membership, work together with the Great Start Collaboratives (GSC) to bring about the changes necessary at the community, county and state level to achieve these outcomes for all children living in Michigan.