The Coalition

The Great Start Parent Coalition purpose is to increase knowledge and participation in early childhood planning and decision-making for the county and to develop leaders who feel comfortable speaking up for young children in our community.


Being a parent/guardian is never easy. The Parents Connected group offers caregivers/parents an opportunity to socialize with other parents. Grandparents, parents, and caregivers are all welcome to participate in the Parents Connected meetings. You’ll have an opportunity to make friends and get advice from other parents that might be struggling with the same parenting issues. Every month a new topic (chosen by the members) will be covered during the Parents Connected meetings. The meetings are FREE and include childcare and dinner for all!


We live in a beautiful community that needs your voice to become a safer and positive environment for your family. The Parents Connected group provides the voice of Allegan Families to the Great Start Collaborative: a system designed to help families get access to all of the great programs and services in our community! The Parents Connected and the Great Start Collaborative work together to meet our goals and objectives to improve our communities. The gathering for the Parents Connected are very informal and bilingual (English/Spanish) to accommodate our Hispanic community.

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The Parents Connected:

  • Strengthens the voice of parents in the community on behalf of young children.

  • Assists in building public support for early childhood investment.

  • Assists in the Great Start Collaborative evaluation and strategic planning work.

  • Provides a place for caregivers to connect with other caregivers.


Join Us in Being a Parent Connected!

Questions or to RSVP: Melissa Badillo 269-512-7747

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310 Thomas Street, Allegan, MI 49010

Tel: 269-512-7775

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