February 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 parent leaders who are working with fathers, Spanish-speaking families and young parents. We are also excited to have tasty and healthy snacks provided by the Fresh Food Fairy. We appreciate your RSVP by March 14th. 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 RESCHEDULED Mar. 1st, 2pm 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.

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

Strengthening Families, Strengthening Children Through Trauma Responsive Practice

This is a 3-hour course designed and facilitated by Demarra Gardner on behalf of the GSC and Child Care Resources. This course is for people who have previously participated in the Strengthening Families training and want even more concrete tools. Please search for the March 1st training of the Great Start to Quality website. Contact Pam Sward at (269) 349-3296 with any questions.



Building Protective Factors & Trauma-Responsive Community Strategic Team

Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 17th at 1pm

Keep an eye out for our brand new Protective Factors families. We are working hard to develop materials that will reach all families. There are JUST A FEW SPACES LEFT in Protective Factors Overview Training on March 7th.

Another great resource for learning about trauma and toxic stress can be found on the Michigan Department of Education's website.

Breastfeeding Awareness Strategic Team

Next Meeting: Wednesday, Mar. 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.

Social Hero Squad 2018

It is time to start thinking about the 2018-2019 school year. We are delighted to roll out a NEW AND IMPROVED application that we developed in partnership with local parents.

Please let us know if you would like a member of our staff to present at your meeting or would like to display our materials featuring this amazing family of Kalamazoo County Pre-K Superheros!



Sarah Drumm, Program Coordinator, 269-250-9635

Marta Lehman, Parent Liaison, 269-250-9665

We are delighted to welcome Toni Kennedy to our team!
Toni Kennedy, Program Assistant, 269-250-9664

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