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Definition of a Comprehensive
  Early Childhood System

A single, interconnected and intertwined
network, of public and private services and
supports, working together in a community
to accomplish better results for young
children and families.

A Great Start for every child in
Michigan: safe, healthy and eager
to succeed in school and in life
The purpose of Great Start is to assure a
coordinated system of community resources
and supports to assist all Michigan families
in providing a great start for their children
from birth through age five.
    Governing Values of Great Start

Accessible, User Friendly and Affordable
• Welcoming, easy to find and simple to use. Any fees for
  publicly funded services are based on family income and
• Parents, guardians, and others acting in the parenting role,
  are actively engaged in leadership in system development,
  implementation, guidance, and evaluation.
Sensitive and Responsive
• The strengths, needs, values and culture of each family
  determine an individualized approach.
 Governing Values of Great Start
• All elected officials and policy-makers consider the impact
  of policy and funding decisions on our young children.
High Quality, with Measurable Results
• Every public and private early childhood provider is
  accountable for performance measures that reward results,
  quality, and customer service and satisfaction.
Sound, Long Term Financial base
• All sectors contribute to consistently available, diverse and
  stable financing for essential system components.
 Governing Values of Great Start
• Each local community implements a local system
  infrastructure of services, supports and resources to
  achieve the Great Start Results.
• Shared leadership, responsibility, resources, and decision-
  making, each partner acting to benefit the whole system
  and its customers.
Publicly and Privately Supported
• Public and private funding sources work together to assure
  the needs of each family are met.
Essential Components
of the Great Start System

     Physical Health
     Social/Emotional Health
     Basic Needs, Economic Security & Child Safety
     Early Care and Education
     Parenting Education
     Family Support
     Infrastructure
         Physical Health
Comprehensive physical and child
development services such as assessment
and intervention, for all young children,
including those with special health care
needs, as well as timely and appropriate
referrals for children with developmental,
behavioral and psychosocial concerns.
 Social and Emotional Health

Specialized child developmental and mental
health services designed to promote the
social-emotional well-being of all young
children and address the needs of children
at-risk of developing mental health
problems or in need of mental health
      Basic Needs, Safety &
       Economic Security
Services and supports that address the basic,
daily living needs of families as well as
child and family safety.
 Early Care and Education
Early care and education services that
support children’s early learning, health and
social-emotional well-being.
      Parenting Education
Supports for parents in the critical role they
play in their child’s overall development.
         Family Support
Support for the healthy development of
children by addressing the stressors
impairing the ability of families to nurture
the overall development and well-being of
their children.
    System Infrastructure
Formalized, collaborative governance
structure, quality assurance and continuous
improvement, communication and
information sharing, public and community
involvement, coordination of services and
        Great Start System Results
• Infants, young children and families are physically healthy.
• Infants, young children and families are socially and
  emotionally healthy.
• Families of young children have access to high quality early
  care and education.
• Children are ready to succeed in school and in life.
• Families support and guide the early learning of their infants
  and young children.
• The basic needs of infants and young children are met.
• Families of infants and young children are economically
• Infants and young children are safe.
• Communities make infants and young children a priority by
  investing in families.
         Blueprint for the
        Great Start System

• Construct the Great Start system community-by-
  community – building on local early childhood
  systems that are already in development or
  operating in many communities.
• Create a state-level entity to bring together the
  investment of the public and private sectors in
  support of the Great Start system – to focus
  communication, support communities, & build
   Great Start System
  Infrastructure - State
The Early Childhood Investment Corporation
o Structure & Governance
o Information & Technical Assistance
o Focal Point & Convener
o Financing & Oversight for Great Start
         Great Start Collaboratives
                  Year #1
•   Governance Structure   •   Communication
•   Needs Assessment       •   Mentoring
•   Strategic Plan         •   Accountability
•   Action Agenda          •   Evaluation
•   Public Awareness       •   Technical Assistance
                           •   Infrastructure Design
          Capacity Building
• Receive intensive technical assistance,
  consultation & mentoring
• Within 3 years obtain designation as Great
  Start Collaborative
         Eligible Applicants
• ISDs on behalf of community partners
• Urban can split a county, focus on area of
  greatest early childhood need
• Multi-county can choose to convene in only
  one county, if that is appropriate
• Only one Planning Grant per county – with
  option to renew based on performance
            Funding Range
• Budget for $150,000
• Negotiate higher based on funds available
  and need
• Capacity Building will have base award of
• Negotiate higher based on funds available
  and need
            Grant Renewal
• Grantees may be eligible for renewal based
  on performance
• Substantiated progress toward outcomes &
  reasonable need for additional time to
  achieve outcomes
• Year #2 funds dependent on substantial
  fulfillment of Year #1 Performance
              Closing Date
• December 9, 2005 at 5:00 pm
• Faxed receipt for application by close of
  business on December 13, 2005
        Application Preparation
•   12 point font
•   1” margins
•   1 original & 5 copies = Six total
•   No binders, binding, colored paper, etc.
            Review Process
• Panel of trained & objective reviewers
• Application of Rubrics
  1. Overall Merit & Quality
  2. Population Need
  3. Geographic Balance
• Interviews with finalists in early January
   Documentation of Readiness
• Solicited input via Community
• 31 Counties as well as state associations
• Children’s Action Network & Policy and
  Program Committee of ECIC
• Continuum of Readiness
   Documentation of Readiness
• Designed to draw from already existing
  documentation, as much as possible
• Demonstrates prior success, a track record,
  with similar work
• Documents from previous two – three years
      Analysis of Local Need &
       Population Indicators
• Understanding of impact of community
  conditions on children, families, schools &
• Impact of community conditions on
  Kindergarten readiness of ALL children
     Local Capabilities & Goals
• Present current efforts already underway in
  community that Great Start Collaborative can
  build from
• Make the case for your potential success
• Detailed plan of work – demonstrate
  understanding of major Tasks for each Activity
• Budget that aligns with and supports plan of work
   Coordination of Local Efforts
• Selection of local Coordinator is a key
• Evidence that Minimum Qualifications (Appendix
  I) were used/will be used to select
• Support development of shared leadership,
  ownership & capacity of the collaborative
• Oversee and ensure the completion of the day-to-
  day task of the GSC
      Membership of Great Start
• Parents, 20%, parenting children 12 years
  and younger, represent diversity of
• Adequate supports and resources to ensure
• Other required members with documented
  sufficient authority to commit funds, staff &
      Great Start Collaborative
• Effective structure to implement the plan of
• Relationship to designated Community
  Collaborative, early childhood workgroups
  or decision-making bodies
       Letters of Commitment
• Joint letter signed by each Director/CEO
  member of the Great Start Collaborative
• Commitment to establish & maintain GSC
• Participation in development of application
• Agreement with application & commitment
  to implement as submitted
• Designation of alternative representative to
  conduct business in member absence
               Appendix I
• Application Checklist
  *This needs to be the very first page of the
• Checklist will be completed when received
• Faxed back to applicant as a receipt
                Appendix I
• Minimum Qualifications of Great Start
  Collaborative Coordinator
• Format for Membership List of GSC
• Cover Page – Accurate contact information
  is crucial – place this page directly after the
  Application Checklist.
             Appendix II
      Local Match & Budget Forms
•   Local Match
•   Budget Summary
•   Budget Detail/Budget Narrative
•   Authorized Signatures
            Appendix III
     Assurances & Certifications
• ISD Superintendent must sign.
           Selection Criteria

1. Overall merit & quality of application,
   based on application rubrics
2. Need (Rate of Poverty)
3. Geographic Balance
          Selection Process
• Objective review by trained reviewers
• Application of Rubrics
• Recommendation of finalists for interview
• Interview of finalists
• Recommendation of designations for
• Action on recommendations by ECIC
  Executive Committee
            Selection Timeline
• December 9, 2005, Grant applications due.
• December 12 &13, 2005, Grant applications screened for
  completeness and provided to reviewers.
• December 19, 2005, Review Panel I scores and ranks grant
• Early January 2006, Review Panel II interviews finalists
  and prepares final recommendations.
• January 11, 2006, ECIC Executive Committee acts on
  recommendations from Review Panel II.
• January 18, 2006, Public announcement of grant awards.
         Contact Information
• Joan Blough, 269.345.5968,
• Join the www.greatstartforkids.org listserv,
  all follow-up information will be placed on
  this website, it is the official Great Start

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