January 2018

Be sure to join us on March 21st at 1pm for our Quarterly Great Start Collaborative meeting. We will be talking about the collaborative work happening around the film "Resilience" and the power of the Protective Factors. We will also hear from several Trusted Advisors who are working with fathers, Spanish-speaking families and young parents. We can't wait to see you there!



EVICTED: Reading Together to Support Families

Be a part of Kalamazoo Public Library’s Reading Together program. This unique conversation will focus on the early childhood classroom and other programs that serve children and families.

Please register for our Feb. 1st, 1-3pm Book Study at Kalamazoo RESA West Campus, 4606 Croyden Avenue. Enter through the PET doors. All are welcome (even if you don’t read the ENTIRE book)! Check out this New Yorker article by the same author.

Can’t make this session on Feb. 1st? Let us know and we will provide you with an Early Childhood Facilitation Guide so you can host a discussion at your own site.

See KPL's Website for more information on the book and the other community events.

Kalamazoo CMH's System of Care Conference
This three-day conference will bring together some of our area’s most experienced service providers, parents and youth, with the goal of involving everyone in the System of Care. Workshops will cover topics like Healthcare Integration, Trauma, Child Welfare, Medication, Mental Health, Community Resources, Juvenile Justice, Education, Youth Voice, Family Voice and More!



Building Protective Factors & Trauma-Responsive Community Strategic Team

Next Meeting: Tuesday, Feb 20th at 1pm

Keep your eyes out for our brand new Protective Factors Families. We are working hard to develop materials that will reach all families. There are a few spaces left in Protective Factors Overview Training on Feb. 8th. Another one will be offered on March 7th.

Breastfeeding Awareness Strategic Team

Next Meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 14th at 1pm in the playgroup rooms at Kalamazoo RESA West Campus, 4606 Croyden Avenue.

Please join our GSC Breastfeeding Awareness Strategic Team for additional information and resources.


Understanding Childhood Trauma
Are you hearing lots about CHILDHOOD TRAUMA, THE ACES STUDY, TOXIC STRESS but want to understand it better? Check out these powerful, and concise, pieces featuring Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.

Mindshift/ KQED Article

5-minute NPR story

Social Hero Squad 2018

Help us spread the word! There are still available spots for 4-year-olds in Kalamazoo County to be a part of high-quality preschool for the 2017-2018 school year!

It is also time to start thinking about the 2018-2019 school year. Please let us know if you would like a member of our staff to present at your meeting or would like to display our brochures and fliers.



Sarah Drumm, Program Coordinator, 269-250-9635

Marta Lehman, Parent Liaison, 269-250-9665

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