2013 Community Survey — A survey of parents and guardians of young children throughout five counties to guide development of new services, supports and resources for families.
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan – Parents and guardians of young children (0-5 years old) have another 9 days to have their voices heard.
The Great Start Traverse Bay Collaborative announced today that they have extended the deadline to participate in the 2013 Community Survey to Sunday, October 20 at Midnight.
The survey is designed for parents and guardians of children 0-5 years old currently living in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties. The survey contains straightforward questions about current needs, priorities and wishes of parents.
Survey results will be used to develop new services and programs for children and families throughout the region as part of the 5 to One initiative. It is anticipated that results will lead to changes in the way that schools, libraries, churches, public offices and other places work to meet the needs of young children and their families.
To date, more than 600 parents and guardians have participated in the survey. Census results suggest that the five-county region has approximately 10,000 children between the ages of birth and 5 years old.
The survey may be completed online by following a survey link at www.greatstartkids.com.
Anyone wishing to complete a paper copy of the survey may obtain one by contacting Robin Hornkohl, [GREAT START JOB TITLE], (231) 922-7863, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Great Start Traverse Bay Collaborative
Great Start is Michigan’s early childhood initiative. The Michigan Office of Great Start coordinates programs, services and funding aimed at children birth to five. The Great Start Traverse Bay Collaborative includes parents, service providers, partners and stakeholders who contribute their time and expertise to help make sure children receive the best care and education we can provide. The multi-county collaboratives in northern Michigan are working together to ensure that all families have access to information, programs and services in their communities.
About the 5toOne Initiative
Several Northern Michigan institutions and early childhood advocates have banded together to develop a region-wide set of solutions to the persistent challenges faced by young children (0-5 years old) and their families. Institutional partners include the Traverse Bay Intermediate School District, Munson Healthcare, Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation, Northwestern Michigan College, The Great Start Traverse Bay Collaborative, Consumers Energy and many others. This effort is intended to bring new focus, new resources and new energy to genuinely make Northern Michigan the best place in the United States to grow up as a young child.
For More Information
Mary Manner, Coordinator
Great Start Traverse Bay Collaborative
231-632-5510 (cell preferred) or 231-995-7114 (office)