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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

October 17
BRCL Story Hour
10:30 AM
Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
BRCL Story Hour
Oct 17
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
October 18
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
Oct 18
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Big Rapids Community Library, 426 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
Evart Playgroup
9:30 AM
Crossroads Community Church, 110 S Main St, Evart, MI 49631, USA
Evart Playgroup
Oct 18
9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Crossroads Community Church, 110 S Main St, Evart, MI 49631, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
BR Leaf Hunt
5:00 PM
Eastwood Elementary School, 410 N 3rd Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
BR Leaf Hunt
Oct 18
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Eastwood Elementary School, 410 N 3rd Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
We are excited to announce that our first fall book walk will be taking place on October 18th at Eastwood in Big Rapids. Provided will be a "Going On A Leaf Hunt" experience with hands on activities, a free copy of the book, and a free fall themed meal. We hope you come and join us for this family fun event!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1947843375310000/
Evart Higher Ground
5:00 PM
Free Methodist Church, 6153 95th Ave, Evart, MI 49631, USA
Evart Higher Ground
Oct 18
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Free Methodist Church, 6153 95th Ave, Evart, MI 49631, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
What Is Higher Ground Learning Center? Higher Ground Learning Center is a fun, free activity for the whole family designed to offer encouragement, support, and a chance to make new friends!  Classes are offered once a week on Thursday and continue for 8 weeks.  Join us for a home cooked dinner and conversation, followed by the class of your choice.  Kids (4-11) and teens each have their own exciting program.  A staffed nursery is provided.  At the end of the evening, teens and adults may “shop” at the Higher Ground Store, using points earned in class. Kids have their own special shopping table.
October 19
BR Farmer's Market
8:00 AM
226 N Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
BR Farmer's Market
Oct 19
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
226 N Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
BR Parent Coalition Meeting
9:30 AM
Eastwood Elementary School, 410 N 3rd Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
BR Parent Coalition Meeting
Oct 19
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.
Zoo goes Boo
10:00 AM
John Ball Zoo, 1300 Fulton W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA
Zoo goes Boo
Oct 19
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
John Ball Zoo, 1300 Fulton W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
https://www.facebook.com/events/1839033769485785/?event_time_id=1839033772819118

Join us for six days of trick-or-treating, costumes, entertainment, cool decorations, games & fun! (did we mention the animals get treats too?)

Admission:
$10.00/adults
$9.00/children
FREE for members
1 year old and under are free

Tickets are purchased at the gate!
Wear your costume - we provide the treats!
Zoo Goes Boo is a children's event. We ask that adults in costume dress appropriately.
October 20
Pumpkin Carving
9:00 AM
Red Fox Market, 112 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Pumpkin Carving
Oct 20
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Red Fox Market, 112 S Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307, USA
Family Involvement Calendar
This is a fun seasonal family event for both adults and children. We provide pumpkins, simple carving tools, and snacks of cider and donuts. The best part! We clean up for you! 🎃
Please pre-register for this event, so we know how many pumpkins to provide. 
Cost for this event is $5.00 per pumpkin. 🎃
All children under the age of 15 please be accompanied by an adult.
🎃https://www.facebook.com/events/548026375651741/
Barryton Farmer's Market
10:00 AM
195 Rose Ave (17.17 mi) Barryton, Michigan 49305
Barryton Farmer's Market
Oct 20
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
195 Rose Ave (17.17 mi) Barryton, Michigan 49305
Family Involvement Calendar
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.