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Welcome to Oakland County's Great Start System!

The Great Start Collaborative-Oakland (GSC-O) is committed to ensuring that all of Oakland County's youngest citizens and their families have access to services.


To find out more about us, call toll free 855.876.4646 or click on the "about us" tab.



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May 16th Play Days In The Park!

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Days In The Park!




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FUNtastic Fitness in Rochester!

What's New?
Upcoming Events

The Great Start Collaborative-Oakland is hosting the following events:

  • We are so excited to announce our annual Parent Conference and Resource Fair! This year's theme is Strengthening Families. It is in Lake Orion on Saturday, May 3. Click here for the flier or click here to register!
  • Our next Parent Coalition Meeting is Thursday,May 8th in Oak Park and the topic is Low Cost Summer Activities. Click here for the flier!
  • Due to the overwhelming success of our first-ever FUNtastic Fitness event, we have scheduled three more throughout Oakland County! See flier for the dates/times/locations!
  • New, free course - Positive Solutions for Families! This parent series will provide information to families, of children birth to 5 years, on how to promote children’s social and emotional skills, understand their challenging behavior and use positive approaches to help young children learn and grow. Parents will receive a Positive Solutions for Families workbook with ideas and resources. Includes lunch and free child care! Classes in Walled Lake, Berkley, Ferndale and Lake Orion.
  • For a listing of upcoming meeting and events click here.


The Great Start Collaborative-Oakland will have a table at the following outreach events:

  • Stay tuned for many events in 2014!


Oakland County's Children's Champion

Congratulations to Viji Velayuthan, our Winter 2014 Children's Champion! Click here to read more.


 is the best tool for families in Michigan looking for child care or preschool. Every licensed and registered program and provider, including Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs, is listed in an easy-to-use search engine. Families can search by Zip code, hours of operation or something even more specific. For example, if a child has a food allergy or special need, families can search using those that detail to find a program that meets their needs. The only place families can see the Great Start to Quality star rating is on The star ratings show how programs and providers scored on a quality rating scale. This rating scale was designed by experts and parents to help families find the highest quality setting to support their child for success in school and life. is free and accessible 24/7. Other resources available at include a Child Care Checklist in the Parent Toolkit that is easily printed or viewed on any device, and licensing reports that show inspections, violations and corrections.


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