A Great Start for All Children in Alpena, Montmorency, & Alcona Counties

About Us

The Great Start Collaborative (GSC) is a collection of people like you. It belongs to you and anyone who is a member of the community.

The Great Start Collaborative of Alpena, Montmorency, and Alcona counties are made up of wide variety of both community organizations and leaders from each county that have a special interest in Early Childhood Investment. We are representatives from local businesses, health care, education, higher education, non-profit, court systems, human services, and parents who are carrying out a plan to address the needs of young children within our Northeast Michigan Communities. 


The Love and Logic approach to parenting is built around the science of caring and respectful relationships. An authentic, loving connection between parents and their children forms the foundation of cooperative behavior and healthy decision-making.

AMA GSC Coordinator, Angie Bruning, is an Independent Facilitator with the Love & Logic Institute Inc. Angie Bruning holds a Bachelor of Arts in Family Life Education, which focuses on providing families parenting support tools.  Angie is also the mother of 2 teenagers, and has been using Love & Logic for the past 15 years - including a daughter with a rare genetic disorder and oppositional behavior.  Her experience includes youth & family casework, home visiting, and preschool and kindergarten co-teaching.  

Angie is passionate about making the tough job of parenting easier for ALL families!   

Programs Offered

Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!

Supporting Youth With Challenging Pasts

More Love and Logic Resources

Baby Connect Diaper Bags are given out to first time moms or families wanting the extra support. Bags are given out by home visitor programs like Maternal Infant Health Program (Health Department), Day One (Child and Family Services), Early Head Start (Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency/ NEMCSA). 

The baby connect diaper bags hold information about community resources, including car seat safety, Women Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program, along with baby care products.  The bags also include colorful Talking is Teaching items to remind families with infants and toddlers to Talk, Read & Sing EVERYDAY to ready their children for school and life!    

Great Start Collaborative Community Partners

Sunrise Side Breastfeeding Coalition - Please contact Heather Health @ hheath@dhd4.org
Regional Perinatal Collaborative - Please contact Jenifer Murry @ jenifer.murray@gmail.com
Alpena Child Abuse & Neglect Team
Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention for Alcona County
Montmorency/ Oscoda Child Protection Council
Alpena Baby Pantry
Alcona Baby Pantry
The Caring Place
The Baby Basket (Atlanta) please call 989-785-3231

211 help phone number

These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.