November 2018


Important Updates

Great Start Collaborative Quarterly Meeting December 6

Mark your calendars now. We will have light food and networking before each meeting from 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. with the regular meeting taking place 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Lunch RSVPs are needed by November 30. See you December 6, when we will hear from various community members about supporting families and early childhood staff through the difficult Michigan winter.

2018.2019 quarterly meeting dates

Let's Get to Work!

Great Start Parent Coalition

The Parent Coalition has really been diving into the Protective Factors. We are looking forward to our December 13 meeting, where we will take a close look at Kalamazoo County Pre-K in our county. All parents from all programs are welcome and encouraged to attend! Please RSVP by December 6 for this parent meeting.


Early Childhood in the News

Talking is Teaching

We are so excited to bring Talking Is Teaching resources to Kalamazoo County! Many other counties across Michigan are using these beautiful designed messages from Too Small To Fail to reach families in a variety of settings - from the laundromat to the grocery store, from the church pew to the doctor's office.

Updates to Child Care Subsidy

Please check out this newly updated webinar from the Michigan Department of Education which outlines the eligibility process for parents to receive child care subsidy as part of the Child Development and Care (CDC) program. This webinar covers how to qualify for child care assistance, how to apply and how parents can find a provider who can participate with the CDC program. More information and resources about child care subsidy and the CDC program can be found at



Sarah Drumm, Program Coordinator, 269-250-9635

Marta Lehman, Parent Liaison, 269-250-9665

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