October 2020


Stay Safe during holiday celebrations with these tips from the CDC.


Remember to vote November 3rd!

The League of Women Voters of Kalamazoo Area has released their non-partisan voter guide.
Check out Vote 411 to find out your exact voting location (in English or Spanish).


Parent Meeting Updates

October-December Cafes

Parent Café Sign-Ups

The Café is designed to be a space for parents and caregivers to discuss the challenges and victories of raising children.
The meetings will take place on Zoom and last one hour.
All participants will have a chance to win a $50 gift card!
We strive to create a safe and supportive space, so schedule some time for yourself to relax and connect with other parents and caregivers in our community!

Thursday, October 22nd, 1:30 pm Parent Café
Tuesday, October 27th, 7:30pm Parent Café
Thursday, November 19th, 1:30 Parent Café
Tuesday, December 1st, 7:30 Parent Café

October-December Coalition

Parent Coalition Sign-Ups

Parent Coalition Meetings are opportunities for parents and caregivers to take action on ways we can help support families in our community. Coalition meetings include opportunities for connecting with other parents & caregivers and action steps for using our influence to help shape early childhood initiatives.
The meetings will take place on Zoom and last one hour.
All participants will have a chance to win a $50 Gift Card!
If you are a parent or caregiver, we would love for you to join us!
Your voice matters.

Thursday, October 8th, 1:30 pm Parent Coalition
Tuesday, October 13th, 7:30pm Parent Coalition
Thursday, November 5th, 1:30 Parent Coalition
Tuesday, November 10th, 7:30 Parent Coalition
Thursday, December 10th, 1:30 Parent Coalition
Tuesday, December 15th, 7:30 Parent Coalition


Talking is Teaching

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What makes you unique poster

Kalamazoo County Talking is Teaching Community Campaign

We are excited to launch our MONTHLY THEME initiative!

As you know, Talking is Teaching offers wonderful, high quality materials, resources, workshops and trainings that impact early literacy development for our littlest ones! Each month, the campaign will offer a themed bundle which will include a beautiful print flyer or poster, a tips calendar page, themed book and video resource page, and more! This October we are excited to explore WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE? Join us in celebrating identity and diversity with the children in your lives.

Would your organization or staff like to be trained as Trusted Messengers in the Talking Is Teaching campaign - giving you access to all the available materials and technical support we offer? Please reach out to Jen Stroven, Campaign Manager, at to schedule a training.

Upcoming events

Talking is Teaching Virtual Parent Session
Wednesday, October 21st, 1:30-2:00pm

Join Jen Stroven, the Kalamazoo County Talking is Teaching Campaign Manager, for a 30-minute skill building session, as we explore together how to talk with our littlest ones about identity and diversity, exploring available activities and resources. All participants will be entered into a raffle to win a $50 Gift Card!
Complete this form and we will send the link for the Virtual Parent Session
Bring yourself, a favorite beverage or snack, and be ready for a relaxing and informative time together!

Talking is Teaching Virtual Playgroup

Thursday, October 22nd, 10:00-10:30am
Join Ashley Drenth, Parent Liaison, for a virtual playgroup for you and your little ones!
Come explore this month's theme: Let's Talk About What Makes You Unique! We will read a story and do some fun interactive activities together.
Complete this form and we will send the link for the playgroup to your e-mail.
Can't wait to see you and your little one there!


2020/2021 Quarterly Meetings

Save the Dates

The Quarterly Meetings will be held via Zoom. An email will be sent to the address you provide when you RSVP

Quarterly Flyer 2020-2021 December

Community Resources


KPL has many fun activities planned for the community.

Click here to find out more details.


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

Ashley Drenth, Parent Liaison, (269) 250-9665

Jen Stroven, Talking is Teaching Campaign Manager, (269) 598-0686

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