Local Resources

At the Great Start Collaborative Program, we understand that families need access to a variety of resources to support their children’s growth and development. That’s why we’ve partnered with local organizations and businesses to provide a wide range of services to families in our community. From high-quality preschool programs and health screenings, to workshops and classes for parents, we’re dedicated to helping families access the resources they need to help their children succeed. Whether you’re looking for support with nutrition, health, or education, our program is here to help. Explore our website to learn more about the resources available to you and your family.

If you are a local resource and would like to be added as a resource, please reach out to us!



In Gogebic County, Michigan, schools include:

  • Ironwood Area Schools
           Phone #: (906) 932-0932
           Website: https://www.ironwoodschools.org/
           Enrollment Form
  • Bessemer Area Schools
           Phone #: (906) 667-0802
           Website: https://www.bessemer.k12.mi.us/
           Enrollment Form
  • Wakefield-Marenisco K-12 School
           Phone #: (906) 224-7211
           Website: https://www.wmschools.org/

In Ontonagon County, Michigan, schools include:

  • Ontonagon Area Schools
           Phone #: (906) 813-0614
           Website: https://www.oasd.k12.mi.us/
  • Ewen-Trout Creek Schools
           Phone #: (906) 813-0620
           Website: https://www.etc.k12.mi.us/


  • Ironwood Carnegie Library
           Address: 235 E Aurora St,
                              Ironwood, MI 49938
            Phone #: (906) 932-0203
           Website: https://ironwoodcarnegie.org/
  • Bessemer Public Library
           Address: 411 S Sophie St,
                             Bessemer, MI 49911
            Phone #: (906) 667-0404
  • Wakefield Public Library
           Address: 401 Hancock St,
                              Wakefield, MI 49968
            Phone #: (906) 229-5236
           Website: https://wakefieldpubliclibrary.org/
  • Carp Lake Township Library
           Address: Mall Cir Dr, White Pine, MI 49971
  • Ontonagon Township Library
           Address: 311 N Steel #1,
                             Ontonagon, MI 49953
            Phone #: (906) 884-4411
           Website: https://ontonagonlibrary.org/
  • Rockland Township Library
           Address: 40 National Ave,
                             Rockland, MI 49960
            Phone #: (906) 886-2821
  • Mc Millan Township Library
           Address: 200 S Cedar St,   Ewen, MI 49925
            Phone #: (906) 988-2515


  • Aspirus Ironwood Hospital
           Address: N10561 Grand View Lane
Ironwood, MI 49938
            Phone #: (906) 932-2525
  • Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital
           Address: 601 S 7th Street
Ontonagon, MI 49953
            Phone #: (906) 884-8000


  • Gogebic Ontonagon Head Start 

(Bessemer, MI)

            Phone: (906) 932-3080 ext 102

            Address:  304 E. Iron Street, Bessemer, MI

(Ironwood, MI)

            Phone: (906) 932-3080 ext 10

            Address: E5104 Margaret Street,

                                Ironwood, MI


  • Learn & Play Child Care (Bessemer, MI)

            Phone: 906-667-5025

           Address: 304 E. Iron St. , Bessemer, MI


  • Little Learners Early Childhood Center (Ironwood, MI)

            Phone: 906-932-3200

           Address: 106 S. Marquette Street,

                               Ironwood, MI


  • Bizzy Bees (Ironwood, MI)

            Phone: 701-318-0213

            Address: 101 W Coolidge Ave, Ironwood MI

  • Busy Bees Home Childcare (Hurley, WI)

            Phone: 715-208-0636

            Address: 13788N County Road D,

                                 Hurley, WI


  • Lac Vieux Desert Head Start and Early Head Start (Watersmeet, MI)

            Phone: (906)358-4944

            Address: 23950 Pow-Wow Trail

                                Watersmeet, MI

  • Caterpillars to Butterflies (Wakefield, MI)

            Phone: (608)774-6620

            Address: 1802 Castile Road, Wakefield MI

  • Treasured Tykes Day Care (Ironwood, MI)

            Phone: (906)364-1048

            Address: 320 Alfred Wright Blvd, Ironwood MI

  • Quick Search Day Care Database In Your Area For More Daycare Options:

  • Help Me Grow – Find Preschool In County:

Thrift Store

  • St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store (Ironwood, MI)
           Phone: 906-932-4547
           Address: 216 W Aurora St,
                              Ironwood, MI 49938
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store (Bessemer, MI)
           Phone: 906-663-0089
           Address: 103 N Case St,
                              Bessemer, MI 49911
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store (Ontonagon, MI)
           Phone: 906-884-4977
           Address: 205 Quartz St,
                              Ontonagon, MI 49953

Common Questions You Might Ask

School or Daycare

  • What are the hours of operation?
  • What is the cost of tuition/fees?
  • What is the student-to-teacher ratio?
  • What is the curriculum like?
  • What is the process for enrolling my child?
  • Is the facility licensed and accredited?
  • What is the policy on discipline and behavior management?
  • Is there a waitlist for enrollment?
  • What kind of extracurricular activities are offered?
  • What is the policy for drop-off and pick-up times?


  • What are the hours of operation?
  • Do you have books, movies, or music available for borrowing?
  • Do you offer internet access and computer usage?
  • Do you have study rooms or meeting rooms available for reservation?
  • Are there any ongoing events or programs for children, teens, or adults?
  • What is the process for obtaining a library card?

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

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