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Macomb Great Start is built on the idea that it takes a village to raise the 50,000 children under the age of five in our county.

These children are in a critical period of growth and development that will have a powerful impact on their future and our community.

During the 2,000 days between birth and their 1st day of Kindergarten, 90% of their brain is developed. Brain research show us how the nutrition, nurturing and early learning experiences children receive during this critical period literally shapes the way their brains will function.

Great Start Collaboratives exist statewide. They are community driven efforts to address the needs of young children in order that they can start school ready to learn and succeed. The research is clear: Children who start behind, stay behind.

The Macomb Great Start Collaborative is a partnership of parents, community agencies, business leaders, educators, health care providers, faith leaders and individuals. Macomb Great Start is powered by Michigan's Early Childhood Investment Corporation, a public corporation working to bring state and local leaders together on behalf of a better future for Michigan's youngest learners and families.

Early learning – it's everybody's business. Join with us in this critical challenge to ensure our children have the opportunity to succeed in life and, in the process, build a healthy and thriving community. There's a role for everyone. Find out what you can do.