The Coalition

The Great Start Parent Coalition's 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 has never been 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 monthly Parents Connected meetings. You’ll have an opportunity to make friends and get advice from other parents, who might be struggling with the same parenting issues. Every month a new topic (chosen by the members) will be covered during Parents Connected meeting. The meetings are FREE and include childcare!


We live in a beautiful community that needs your voice, so we can offer the safest and most positive environment for our families. The Parents Connected group provides a voice for Allegan Families with the Great Start Collaborative: a system designed to help all families gain access to quality programs and services in our community! The Parents Connected and Great Start Collaborative work together to meet these goals and objectives to improve our community. The gathering for the Parents Connected group are very informal and bilingual services (English/Spanish) are offered 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!

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310 Thomas Street, Allegan, MI 49010

Tel: 269-512-7775

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