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.
Family Engagment Opportunities
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
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.