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850 W. Sharon Avenue, Suite 6
Houghton, MI 49931
Cathy Benda, Director
906.482.9365
906.482.9353 [fax]
ccgreatstart@gmail.com

 

 
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Give a Child a Great Start!
 

Your donation to the Copper Country Early Childhood fund of the Copper Country Great Start Collaborative can help children in the Copper Country to be safe, healthy and ready to succeed. 

Here’s what one family had to say about the importance of their children’s preschool experience.  “When we signed up our son for preschool, it was out of necessity. Mom had just gotten a job that was 4 days a week. It was the best thing we've ever done for our kids.  The idea of ‘Kindergarten readiness’ is a hot topic, after the preschool experience my children have had here, we have no doubt they will be ready.” 

The Copper Country Great Start Collaborative has received a $100,000 federal grant that will provide a minimum of 20 preschool scholarships for three year old children.  The scholarships will provide quality preschool or licensed child care for children according to need.  We must, however, raise $100,000 in local match money in order to receive the full grant.  For each dollar we raise locally, we will receive a dollar of federal grant money.  The match money will be used to establish the Copper Country Early Childhood Fund.  We need your help. 

Every year there are waiting lists for three year olds who are unable get into a preschool program because classes are full, and there is no funding for additional classes.  There are also many families who work hard, but earn too much to be in Head Start, and can’t afford to send their children to private preschool.  Many of these families have other struggles as well.  Some may be dealing with a family illness, or the parents may be students or single.  Others may have recently lost one income of a two income family.  

The federal grant money must be used for scholarships for three year olds.  Your gift to the Copper Country Early Childhood Fund; however, could be used to support additional preschool scholarships, as well as other needs identified in the Copper Country Great Start Strategic Plan, including dental health, physical health and social emotional health needs. 

You can help by giving the amount that is meaningful for you.  All gifts are tax deductible.  This spring during April (the Month of the Young Child), May and June, we will be asking the Copper Country to make a commitment to our future.   Together we can give more of our Copper Country Kids a “Great Start.”     

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This Fund is administered through the Copper Country Intermediate School District, Tax Exempt Number 38-1718440.

 
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