Great Start Family Coalition

Great Start Shiawassee Family Coalition

Parents play a critical role in the healthy development of young children, ages 0-8.  Great Start Shiawassee recognizes the expertise and value of parents. The Great Start Family Coalition supports efforts to engage, empower and recruit parent leaders.

Family Coalition Meetings 

Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents. Fun learning activities for parents and children.

Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the Month from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Dinner is served at 5:30, discussion starts at 6pm. Tot watch is available.  Meeting details are located on the Great Start event calendar. Location: 114 W. North Street, Owosso, Michigan.

Contact Us

To find out more information about the Great Start Shiawassee Family Coalition contact our

Great Start Family Liaison
Jennifer Babcock
 989-725-2581
 babcockj@sresd.org

Family Coalition Activities

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library - Children in Shiawassee County (ages 0-4) are eligible to receive an age-appropriate book in the mail each month.  Family Coalition members assist in signing children up for the program. Families can register at https://imaginationlibrary.com

Bus Book Buckets - Bus rides can be long for young children so the Coalition provides buckets of books to various school bus routes. The Coalition provides the books, volunteers stop in regularly to refresh the selection.

Touch-A-Truck - Our most popular event! Trucks, emergency vehicles and more turnout for children to explore while our non-profit partners host various fun activities inside.  Coalition members help set-up/take down tables for the event and distribute books.

Link to for venders to register for the August 17th Touch A Truck event. 

Car seat replacements made available through a grant from Wal-Mart and the Shiawassee County Health Department
Great Start Resource Hub 989-725-2581

Parenting Classes

The Great Start Family Coalition also offers parenting classes.  The next class will be offered April 4 to May 9 in 2024. The program is Make Parenting A Pleasure, dealing with ages 0-8.  Topics will include:

  • Parents identify and discuss “Barriers” they may encounter
  • Parents identify the values and goals they want for their child, as they “pack their child’s suitcase”
  • Parents learn to support their children's emotional development through emotion coaching 
  • Parents learn to strengthen the parent-child relationship with “Positive Attention Through Play”
  • Parents learn about current brain development information and the “Effect of Stress” on child development

Register for the April class at https://bit.ly/4bk7y9A.

Great Start Shiawassee at Work

Officer from Sheriff's Department assisting with car seat at 2023 Touch A Truck.

These materials are funded through a grant provided by the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential.

Join Us!

  • 18 April
    • Make Parenting A Pleasure 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Make Parenting A Pleasure
      Date: Thu Apr 18
      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: SRESD Early Childhood Learning Center, 114 W North St, Owosso, MI 48867, USA
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) is a training program that promotes family resilience by bringing parents together to share and normalize their parenting experiences, learn about typical early childhood development and parenting strategies, develop a support network, and learn about other community resources available to them.

      Topics include: 
      Self care 
      Stress 
      Anger management 
      Communication skills 
      Positive discipline 
      Support emotional development
      ...much more!

      Register at https://bit.ly/4bk7y9A

      For questions contact the Shiawassee RESD at 989-725-2581.

  • 24 April
    • Great Start Family Coalition Meeting - Literacy Night
      Date: Wed Apr 24
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: Early Childhood Learning Center, 114 W North St, Owosso, MI 48867, USA
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Literacy night! Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents.  

      Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the Month from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Dinner is served at 5:30.  Tot watch is provided.  

      Your RSVP allows us to properly plan for your dinner and care needs: https://forms.gle/WiJmwdfhVh9RYKx76

      For questions contact the Shiawassee RESD at 989-725-2581.
  • 25 April
    • Make Parenting A Pleasure 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Make Parenting A Pleasure
      Date: Thu Apr 25
      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: SRESD Early Childhood Learning Center, 114 W North St, Owosso, MI 48867, USA
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) is a training program that promotes family resilience by bringing parents together to share and normalize their parenting experiences, learn about typical early childhood development and parenting strategies, develop a support network, and learn about other community resources available to them.

      Topics include: 
      Self care 
      Stress 
      Anger management 
      Communication skills 
      Positive discipline 
      Support emotional development
      ...much more!

      Register at https://bit.ly/4bk7y9A

      For questions contact the Shiawassee RESD at 989-725-2581.

  • 2 May
    • Make Parenting A Pleasure 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Make Parenting A Pleasure
      Date: Thu May 2
      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
      Location: SRESD Early Childhood Learning Center, 114 W North St, Owosso, MI 48867, USA
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) is a training program that promotes family resilience by bringing parents together to share and normalize their parenting experiences, learn about typical early childhood development and parenting strategies, develop a support network, and learn about other community resources available to them.

      Topics include: 
      Self care 
      Stress 
      Anger management 
      Communication skills 
      Positive discipline 
      Support emotional development
      ...much more!

      Register at https://bit.ly/4bk7y9A

      For questions contact the Shiawassee RESD at 989-725-2581.

  • 29 May
    • Great Start Family Coalition - Touch A Truck Planning Meeting
      Date: Wed May 29
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: Early Childhood Learning Center, 114 W North St, Owosso, MI 48867, USA
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Literacy night! Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents.  

      Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the Month from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Dinner is served at 5:30.  Tot watch is provided.  

      Your RSVP allows us to properly plan for your dinner and care needs: https://forms.gle/WiJmwdfhVh9RYKx76

      For questions contact the Shiawassee RESD at 989-725-2581.
  • 25 September
    • Great Start Family Coalition
      Date: Wed Sep 25
      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
      Location: Early Childhood Learning Center, 114 W North St, Owosso, MI 48867, USA
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Literacy night! Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents.  

      Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the Month from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Dinner is served at 5:30.  Tot watch is provided.  

      Your RSVP allows us to properly plan for your dinner and care needs: https://forms.gle/WiJmwdfhVh9RYKx76

      For questions contact the Shiawassee RESD at 989-725-2581.

 

 

 

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