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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

December 17
BRCL Story Hour
10:30 AM
Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
BRCL Story Hour
Dec 17
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
December 19
BRCL Story Hour
10:30 AM
Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
BRCL Story Hour
Dec 19
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
December 20
BR Tiny Tots Tinker Lab
9:30 AM
Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
BR Tiny Tots Tinker Lab
Dec 20
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
December 21
BR Parent Coalition Meeting
9:30 AM
Eastwood Elementary School, 410 N 3rd Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
BR Parent Coalition Meeting
Dec 21
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Eastwood Elementary School, 410 N 3rd Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
All are welcome! Onsite childcare provided during meeting with reservations! Call 231-592-9605 ext. 2031 or 616-520-1902 to reserve childcare during meeting.
Parent Coalition
Tricia Smith-Bennett

231.598.2547

tsmith@moisd.org


Tricia Smith-Bennett

Parent Liaison

Email: tsmith@moisd.org

 

Please join us in welcoming Tricia Smith-Bennett, our new Parent Liaison for the Mecosta-Osceola Parent Coalition. As the current Family Engagement Specialist for the MOISD, Tricia is familiar with and believes in the work we do through the coalition. Tricia grew up in Mecosta County and moved back to the area after attaining her bachelor's degree in public health and communication at Alma College. Tricia uses her education along with her experiences in the classroom and home visiting to provide engagement activities and support  to help strengthen the families we serve throughout both Mecosta and Osceola Counties. We look forward to you all meeting her and getting the chance to work with her!


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 Tricia Smith-Bennett, Parent Liaison.  

 



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.