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Sometimes you just need some good information.  Welcome to the Great Start Resource Page.  Here you will find everything from preschools, legal help, to places to get help paying the heat bill.  Most of your resources are arranged by county in which you live in.  We try to keep this page updated as much as possible.  If you find a resource is out of date, please contact Melinda Hambleton, the GSC Coordinator.  Some resources, programs or providers may overlap counties or categories, it is strongly suggested to contact a variety of resources to meet your needs.   


For access to a wide range of applications for programs for you and your children check out our applications page by clicking the button below! 



Are you looking for quality childcare?  Are you looking for information and training to be a childcare provider?  Ever wonder-is my child getting quality care?  Look no further!  The Great Start to Quality website is the perfect tool for you!  Here you will find all the information to connect you to quality, licensed childcare options.  








Cheboygan County


Bishop Baraga



Otsego County


Gaylord Community Preschool 

Otsego Christian Pre School 

St. Mary’s Pre School

Tiny Treasures 



Presque Isle County


Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool

Montesorri-Rogers City

St. Johns Lutheran Preschool

Cardinal Beginnings Daycare Center



Other Preschool Opportunities:


Head Start/GSR Programs



      -Sydney 231-420-9795

Otsego County

      - Lori Jaruzol 989-464-0051

Presque Isle Counties 

      -Renee Styes 989-590-8974


Early Head Start Program


COP Area: Call the Family Service Assistant Tammy Jennings 989-619-5698





All three counties:  231-238-9394



Ever wonder what's "normal"?  Is my child ready for school....not just academically but socially or emotionally?  The Great Start Collaborative wants to put resources at your finger tips to help you answer these very difficult questions that we wonder about.


Check out the downloadable resource guides for the three counties of our COP area. Here you will find contact information for local organizations that will come alongside and help your family, especially in time of need.


Did you know that mileage to and from the doctor or hospital is often time able to be reimbursed by your health insurance? Click the link below for the phone numbers to a number of popular health insurers in the COP area and see what type of reimbursement they have to offer you for your medical needs!

This program and the materials are funded through a grant provided by the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential

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