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The Great Start Wayne Stand Up Parents (also known as Great Start Wayne Parent Coalition) is a group of expectant parents, parents, grandparents, foster/adoptive parents, and guardians with children under the age of 12. We meet in five different areas of Wayne County in the month of October, January, March, and May to be educated on topics addressing the four state outcomes and five protective factors. Meanwhile, in the months of November, February, April, and June parents partner with agencies to assist in strengthening our communities through events and activities.


The purpose of the local Great Start Parent Coalitions (GSPC) is to (1) provide a “customer” perspective for the Great Start Collaborative, (2) educate community members about the importance of early childhood, (3) support the Great Start Collaborative’s work toward achieving Michigan’s Early Childhood Outcomes, (4) provide information, education and resources to parents raising young children.

Our mission is to engage the entire community to assure a coordinated system of services and resources to assist all Wayne County families in providing a great start for their children from prenatal through age eight.

Our vision is to empower parents with a voice to obtain the needed resources for their young children to live in a loving and safe environment.

strengthening families

Mobilizing partners, communities and families to build family strengths, promote optimal development and reduce child abuse and neglect. Families and communities build protective factors that also promote positive outcomes through (1) parental resilience, (2) social connections, (3) knowledge of parenting and child development, (4) concrete support in times of need, and (5) social and emotional competence of children.

Below are handouts, training material and links to keep you informed and updated:

Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework

Lasting 2-3 hours, the training helps programs, organizations and communities incorporate strategies for partnering with parents to build protective factors and promote leadership.

Strengthening Families and Essentials

Learn about the relationship between CSSP's Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework and the CDC's Essentials for Childhood framework -- how they are similar, how they are different, and how they can be mutually supportive of each other in implementation in states and communities.

Brain Building Basics

New science tells us that our children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up—it’s their brains too. Learn how to turn shared moments into brain building moments. Whether it’s mealtime, bathtime, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds.

Center on the Developing Child Videos and Studies

The science of early childhood is a source of new ideas that could be used to develop more effective policies & services focused on the early years of life. Watch videos and view studies that leading the way to transformational impacts on lifelong learning, behavior, and both physical and mental health.

ACEs = Adverse Childhood Experiences

Learn all about the definition and science behind ACEs and the many effects ACEs has on the individual, family, and society.