Great Start Collaborative partners with many services and organizations throughout Oakland County, the state of Michigan and nationally.
Thank you to all of our community partners for the difference you are making in the lives of Oakland County families.
- Community Partners
- Help Me Grow Partners
- Local Libraries
- Local Leadership Group
- Social Emotional
- Great Start to Quality
CARE House of Oakland County
Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan
Catholic Services of Oakland County
Country Creek Pediatrics
Department of Health and Human Services
Detroit Public Television
Early On Oakland
Easter Seals Michigan
Great Start to Quality
Honor Community Health
Jewish Family Services
Kidz 1st Pediatrics
Oakland Community Health Network
Oakland County Child Care Council
Oakland County Health Division
Oakland County Youth Assistance
Oakland Family Services
Oakland Livingston Human Services Association OLHSA
Pontiac Collective Impact Partnership
Pontiac United Education Coalition
Positive Images MIHP
United Health Care
Women Infant Children Oakland County
A huge thank you to our community partners!
State Level Participation
The Help Me Grow system builds on existing resources to ensure communities identify vulnerable children and link families to community-based programs and services through the implementation of four Core Components.
Four Core Components
- Child Health Care Provider Outreach to support early detection and intervention
- Family/Community Outreach to promote use of Help Me Grow and to provide networking opportunities among families and service providers
- A Centralized Access Point serves as the hub to link children and their families to community based services and supports, while providing seamless care coordination.
- Data Collection and Analysis to understand all aspects of the Help Me Grow system, including the identification of gaps and barriers
Current State Affiliate Members
- Allegan County
- Barry County
- Calhoun County
- Genesee County
- Kent County
- Lake County
- Lapeer County
- Lenawee County
- Macomb County
- Mason County
- Monroe County
- Oceanna County
- Oakland County
- Ottawa County
- St. Clair County
- St. Joseph County
- Washtenaw County
- Wayne County
Interested in developing a systematic approach to connecting families to available services in your community?
Local Level Participation
Oakland County utilizes the Help Me Grow system through many avenues.
Our team of professional care coordinators assist parents and providers with a robust knowledge of local early childhood and family resources.
Researched based, parent friendly, developmental screening tool, is available to the families in the general community. Parents who complete the ASQ receive the results, connecting them to fun learning activities, local resources in the community and referral opportunities if necessary.
The ASQ is also supported through local community partners (family service networks, child care providers, pediatricians).
If interested in incorporating the ASQ into your program or to learn more about becoming a Help Me Grow Partner in Oakland contact Tricha Hughes.
The GSC partners with local libraries to provide all Oakland County residents with free, high quality learning opportunities.
We often refer our families to their local libraries for story times, activities, and programs, so please share any new and exciting programs with us! Our care coordinators visit select library story times to offer free developmental screenings for the families in attendance. Free preschool, developmental screening, and parenting phone line resources are also available to place in your libraries.
The GSC also has several new initiatives in the works through our Literacy Workgroup that we would love to share with you.
Our Sing. Say. Point. Play. campaign is in full swing. We have resources for your library. Reach out to Christine Hodge to partner with us.
The Local Leadership Group provides opportunities for home visiting services and the early childhood system to work together to better serve the needs of Oakland County.
- Serves pregnant mothers and families with young children
- Promotes home visitation as effective and essential practice
- Trains and guides home visitors
- Great Start Collaborative is a partner
Ways for Early Childhood Professionals to support Social Emotional Development
Great Start to Quality helps you get the tools and child care provider resources you need to succeed. The goal is to make sure every young child in Michigan has a high-quality learning experience.