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 Tuesday 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.

Story Walks - Families looking to explore the outdoors with their children will enjoy the Story Walks.  As they walk along the designated path they will find pages from a book, which they can read together. The walk at DeVries Nature Conservancy is a 1/8th of a mile or as far as your imagination can take you. The Story Walk at Camp Shiawassee will be slightly longer but easily managed by young walkers. The stories shared on the Story Walks vary by season.

The Great Start Family Coalition also has mobile Story Walks available for use by non-profits and educational institutions.  Learn more on our resource page.

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.

Have a cool vehicle that you would be interested in sharing with children on August 17th at the Shiawassee County Fairgrounds? Businesses and individuals are welcome! 

Interested in becoming a vendor at the Great Start Family Coalition Touch A Truck event? Register by clicking here.

Date: August 17, 2024 from 10 am - 1 pm

Address: Shiawassee County Fairgrounds, 2900 Hibbard Rd, Corunna, MI 48817

Contact: Great Start Parent Coalition at 989-725-2581 with questions

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 September 26 - October 24, 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

Great Start Shiawassee at Work

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

Join Us! Great Start Shiawassee Event Calendar

  • 24 September
    • Great Start Family Coalition Meeting - Save the Date
      Date: Tue Sep 24
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents.  Meetings are held on the last Tuesdays of the month with dinner being served at 5:30.  Tot watch is provided.
  • 29 October
    • Halloween Fun Night - Great Start Family Coalition Meeting
      Date: Tue Oct 29
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents.  Meetings are held on the last Tuesdays of the month with dinner being served at 5:30.  Tot watch is provided.
  • 26 November
    • Parent Cafe - Great Start Family Coalition
      Date: Tue Nov 26
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
      Location: Shiawassee RESD Administration and Business Office and Early Education Center, 114 W North St, Owoss
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents. Meetings are held on the last Tuesdays of the month with dinner served at 5:30.  Tot watch is provided.
  • 28 January
    • Great Start Family Coalition Meeting - Save the Date
      Date: Tue Jan 28
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents. Meetings are held on the last Tuesdays of the month with dinner being served at 5:30.  Tot watch is provided.
  • 25 February
    • Great Start Family Coalition Meeting - Save the Date
      Date: Tue Feb 25
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents. Meetings are held on the last Tuesdays of the month with dinner served at 5:30.  Tot watch is provided.
  • 25 March
    • Literacy Night - Great Start Family Coalition Meeting
      Date: Tue Mar 25
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents.  Meetings are held on the last Tuesdays of the month with dinner served at 5:30.  Tot watch is provided.
  • 29 April
    • Parent Cafe - Great Start Family Coalition Meeting
      Date: Tue Apr 29
      Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
      Calendar: Great Start Shiawassee
      Join us at our next meeting to enjoy dinner and conversation with other parents.  Meetings are held on the last Tuesdays of the month with dinner served at 5:30.  Tot watch is provided.

 

 

 

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