Partner Perspective: Q&A with Great Start Collaborative's Jacque Eatmon
Eatmon is the coordinator of Kalamazoo County’s Great Start
Collaborative and the convener of The Learning Network’s Kindergarten
Readiness Action Network. She shares with us information about Kalamazoo
County Pre-K, a new program she’s helping to lead.
What is Kalamazoo County Pre-K?
Kalamazoo County Pre-K is an effort to provide every child in
Kalamazoo County with a quality pre-kindergarten experience, so they can
enter kindergarten socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually
Who is behind this effort?
It includes Kalamazoo County Ready 4s, Head Start, Kalamazoo RESA,
the Great Start Collaborative/Kindergarten Readiness Action Network, all
nine Kalamazoo County school districts and The Learning Network. We’ve
pooled our resources for greater impact, improved communication and
reduced duplication of services.
Why is it important?
We want to make it easier for families to navigate through a
sometimes complicated system. By working together, we can provide a high
quality pre-kindergarten classroom experience for every child in the
county. Every participating program is licensed by the State of Michigan
and has achieved a common set of quality benchmarks.
How are you making this happen?
We are making this happen by sharing money, time and other resources.
We meet monthly and use common technology. We have a single application
form and common enrollment process, a shared recruitment effort and
waiting list. We are developing a common brochure and will have a single