The Van Buren Great Start Family Coalition (GSFC) is a group of parents and caregivers who get together to connect and learn with other families. The Family Coalition works to raise awareness and support for early childhood programming in the community and gives parents a voice in shaping programs and services used by young children and their families in Van Buren County.

We have a wide mix of ways to be involved.

We have family field trips like to the dairy farm.

 And ways to make a difference in our community.

We have educational fun events like literacy night.


And ways to promote reading and literacy.

To learn more and find out about our next meeting, follow us on 
Facebook, sign up for our newsletter or contact Michelle Dudycha, Family Liaison at 269-389-9880 or

Meeting dates and times

The Family Coalition is supported by the Van Buren Great Start Collaborative. This group consists of local parents, community leaders, health and human service agencies, charitable and faith-based organizations, and educators. We work together to build and improve the network of supports and services for young children and their families.


A Great Start for every child in Van Buren County: safe, healthy, and eager to succeed in school and life.


The mission of the Van Buren County Great Start Collaborative is to support a community system that ensures a healthy, educationally enriched and safe start for all children birth to eight years of age.

Organizations and community members who would like to learn more or to get involved: Contact Sherry Bennett, GSC Coordinator 269-823-2339