February 2020

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March Quarterly Meeting

Our upcoming meeting will focus on Bronson Community Health Needs Assessment and Talking Is Teaching

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Early Childhood Successes

Hair Love

Check out this Oscar-winning video. Hair Love illustrates a beautiful connection between a father and his child.

"We Need Diverse Books" Campaign

There is such wonderful, rich literature for children out there. But sometimes we need some help finding it. Check out this list of 150 great books from the African-American Literature Book Club.


Let's Get to Work

Local Protective Factors and Parent Cafe Work

On February 18, the Kalamazoo County Great Start Collaborative hosted a very successful Parent Cafe Facilitator Training. We had 28 community members in attendance. After this and the training we hosted in November 2019, we have almost 60 leaders from all over the county ready to plan and host Parent Cafes. Our partners at the Fatherhood Network hosted a very well-attended Cafe in January and are planning more throughout the coming months. The Parent-Teacher Association at Amberly Elementary also hosted one for their community. We are excited to see where this work goes!


Local Talking Is Teaching Efforts

The Kalamazoo County Great Start Collaborative is so excited to be partnering with Kalamazoo RESA Early Childhood programs, Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Literacy Council and KCReady4s to bring simple activities for early literacy to all families. Stay tuned for some big events coming up to get organizations and families involved in this work!


Community Events and Announcements

Kalamazoo County Pre-K Applications

Kalamazoo County Pre-K's application for 2020-2021 school year is now available. Contact us if you would like some applications for your agency or direct people to our website.

Local Play Groups


Great Start Collaborative Vision

A Great Start for every child in Kalamazoo County: safe, healthy and successful in school and life.

Great Start Collaborative Mission

The purpose of the Great Start Collaborative is to ensure a coordinated system of community resources and family supports in Kalamazoo County.



Sarah Drumm, Program Coordinator, 269-250-9635

Deirdre Bartells, Program Assistant, 269-250-9664

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