October 2017

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Please welcome our new Parent Liaison, Marta Lehman. Marta comes to us with a wealth of experience working with families and children. She is also a mom of a toddler. Please take a moment to get to know her and help her learn all about the Kalamazoo County Great Start Collaborative!

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Breastfeeding Awareness Strategic Team

Next Meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 15th at 1pm

This team is continuing to work with employers to make their workplaces more supportive to nursing moms. Please join our FACEBOOK BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS STRATEGIC TEAM for additional information and resources.

Building Protective Factors & Trauma-Responsive Community Strategic Team

Next Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 14th at 1pm

Please sign up for "Strengthening Families, Strengthening Children Through Trauma Responsive Practice." This is a 3-hour course designed and facilitated by the amazing Demarra Gardner on behalf of the GSC. This course is for people who have previously participated in the Strengthening Families training and want even more concrete tools. Search for the training on November 7th.

Also, 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.



Mary Calletto Rife Youth Literature Seminar sponsored by the Kalamazoo Public Library on November 16th and 17th.

Cradle Kalamazoo Annual Meeting
November 16th at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Community Trauma Efforts

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

Resilience viewing


Sarah Drumm, Program Coordinator, 269-250-9635

Marta Lehman, Parent Liaison, 269-250-9665

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