November 2017

Be sure to join us on December 6th at 1pm for our Quarterly Great Start Collaborative meeting. We can't wait to see you there!

Pre-K Register Button

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!

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Building Protective Factors & Trauma-Responsive Community Strategic Team

Next Meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 19th at 1pm

Please join our Facebook group called GSC Building Protective Factors in Kalamazoo County to talk with your peers about how to use the Protective Factors in your every day interactions.

Breastfeeding Awareness Strategic Team

Next Meeting: Wednesday, Dec. 13th at 1pm in the playgroup rooms at Kalamazoo RESA West Campus, 4606 Croyden Avenue.

Thank you to Jeni Opel of KRESA's Human Resources Department for working hard to make all of our KRESA sites more friendly to nursing and pumping moms! Please join our GSC Breastfeeding Awareness Strategic Team for additional information and resources.

Trusted Advisor Grant

We are so excited to announce that we received a grant from the Michigan Department of Education to work with Trusted Advisors in certain communities to spread awareness and engage around the following three issues: Early Literacy, Early Childhood Services and Protective Factors. The communities with whom we will be working for the next few months are: Spanish-speaking families, fathers and teen parents. Please let us know if you would like to support this work. Please review the feedback we have gathered from these groups so far. There are numerous suggestions and strategies for all of early childhood to better serve families.



Great Start Data Set
For those of you interested in some of the numbers behind the extensive early childhood work happening in Kalamazoo County and across the state, please take a look at the most recent Great Start Data Set released in fall of 2017.

Community Trauma Efforts

Please attend this free screening of this powerful, award-winning film "Resilience." There will be a facilitated discussion after the film about how to best change the paradigm in our county.



Sarah Drumm, Program Coordinator, 269-250-9635

Marta Lehman, Parent Liaison, 269-250-9665

We are currently hiring for a part-time Program Assistant. Please help us by spreading the word to qualified, amazing candidates!

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