The Cass Great Start Collaborative (GSC) and the Great Start Parent Coalition with the community work together to build and reform the local early childhood system to achieve better outcomes for young children and their families.

The four state identified early childhood outcomes:

  • Children are born healthy.
  • Children are healthy, thriving and developmentally on track from birth to third grade.
  • Children are developmentally ready to succeed in school at time of school entry.
  • Children are prepared to succeed in fourth grade and beyond by reading proficiently by the end of third grade.