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Mecosta-Osceola Great Start Parent Coalition

What is the Great Start Parent Coalition?

 

The Mecosta-Osceola Great Start Parent Coalition (GSPC) includes parents, grandparents, caregivers, professionals, and community members who are involved with young children in Mecosta and Osceola counties.

Parent engagement is an important factor in the success of a comprehensive early childhood system. Parents are the decision making "consumer" of early childhood programs and services and their input is necessary in shaping how early childhood services are delivered to the community. 

 
Parents, guardians, and others acting in the parenting role are encouraged to participate and provide leadership in system development, implementation, guidance, and evaluation. The Parent Coalition is a great opportunity where parents can participate in the Mecosta|Osceola Great Start Collaborative. 
 
Not only does the Parent Coalition work with the Mecosta|Osceola Great Start Collaborative to help support their purpose, but we also offer opportunities for parents to share information and participate in decision-making processes related to early childhood services.
 

Family Engagment Opportunities

June 23
Picnic-Hersey, MI. Founder's Day Celebration@ Eagle Village
Eagle Village, 5044 175th Ave, Hersey, MI 49639, USA
Picnic-Hersey, MI. Founder's Day Celebration@ Eagle Village
Jun 23
Eagle Village, 5044 175th Ave, Hersey, MI 49639, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
Farmer's Market-Evart
9:00 AM
200 S Main St, Evart, MI 49631, USA
Farmer's Market-Evart
Jun 23
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
200 S Main St, Evart, MI 49631, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
Farmer's Market-Barryton
10:00 AM
195 Rose Ave (17.17 mi) Barryton, Michigan 49305
Farmer's Market-Barryton
Jun 23
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
195 Rose Ave (17.17 mi) Barryton, Michigan 49305
Family Involvement Calendar
Summer Reading Program Kickoff-Reed City
12:00 PM
Reed City Area District Library, 829 S Chestnut St, Reed City, MI 49677, USA
Summer Reading Program Kickoff-Reed City
Jun 23
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Reed City Area District Library, 829 S Chestnut St, Reed City, MI 49677, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
June 25
FREE SNACK-Reed City
9:30 AM
Reed City Middle School, 233 W Church Ave, Reed City, MI 49677, USA
FREE SNACK-Reed City
Jun 25
9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Reed City Middle School, 233 W Church Ave, Reed City, MI 49677, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
FREE SNACK!
FREE LUNCH-Reed City
11:00 AM
Reed City Middle School, 233 W Church Ave, Reed City, MI 49677, USA
FREE LUNCH-Reed City
Jun 25
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Reed City Middle School, 233 W Church Ave, Reed City, MI 49677, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
Free lunch 0-18 yrs old, older adults $4.00.
Free Lunch Morley Stanwood
11:00 AM
Morley Elementary School, 4808 Northland Dr, Morley, MI 49336, USA
Free Lunch Morley Stanwood
Jun 25
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Morley Elementary School, 4808 Northland Dr, Morley, MI 49336, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
Free lunch for 0-18 yrs old, adults/parents $4.00.
Free Lunch Program-Big Rapids
11:00 AM
Big Rapids Middle School, 500 N Warren Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Free Lunch Program-Big Rapids
Jun 25
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Big Rapids Middle School, 500 N Warren Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
Free Lunch program for children up through 18 years of age, books, crafts, fun! See attached flyer
Free Lunch-Evart
11:30 AM
Evart Elementary School, 515 N Cedar St, Evart, MI 49631, USA
Free Lunch-Evart
Jun 25
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Evart Elementary School, 515 N Cedar St, Evart, MI 49631, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
Free Lunch for kids 0-18 yrs adults $4.00, free books on Fridays, closed July 4th. Runs through August 10, 2018.
Free Lunch-Morley 2nd location
11:30 AM
Wee Bee's Party Store, 139 S Cass St, Morley, MI 49336, USA
Free Lunch-Morley 2nd location
Jun 25
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Wee Bee's Party Store, 139 S Cass St, Morley, MI 49336, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
Free lunch downtown Morley at the pavilion across from Wee Bee's Monday thru Thursday 11:30 to 12:30 only. 0-18 yrs free, older adults $4.00.
Parent Coalition
Laurie Kohn

231.592.9605 ext. 2031

lkohn@moisd.org

Laurie Kohn, Parent Liaison

Email: lkohn@moisd.org

 


The Great Start Parent Coalition meetings  are held once a month at the Eastwood Early Childhood Center 410 N. Third Avenue Big Rapids, MI 49307. If you would like to attend or have any further questions please contact Laurie Kohn, Parent Liaison.  

 

 


Upcoming parent meetings 2017

January 27th 2017 

February 24th 2017

March 10th 2017

April 28th 2017

May 20th 2017

(May 20th meeting will begin in Reed City at the community gardens)



What to expect at a meeting?

Discussions of current topics
Networking
Presentations from local experts
Opportunity to be a "voice"
Opportunity to offer feedback
Free materials & Resources

 

1. Strengthens the voice of parents in the community on behalf of young children.

 

2. Educate community members about the importance of early childhood investment. 

 

3. Support the Great Start Collaborative's work toward achieving Michigan's early childhood outcomes. 


4. Provide information, education and resources to families raising young children.