A partner to the Great Start Collaborative and First Steps, the Great Start Parent Coalition is a group of parents and caregivers dedicated to informing, shaping, and supporting the early childhood work in their community. The Coalition provides training in leadership and advocacy skills to build public support for early childhood investment and a stronger voice for the children in our community, preparing our children for success in school and life.
It is our goal to recruit parents from all areas of Kent County with different backgrounds and lifestyles to be a fair representation of the families of our county. We welcome anyone who is committed to helping our children get a Great Start in life.
We come together as a community monthly to learn about various topics important to our work as early childhood parents and providers.
Join us on September 17th
for our kickoff meeting of the school year!
Additional dates include:
Oct 15, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11, Mar 10, Apr 14, May 12, Jun 9
Dinner and childcare will be provided, and some meetings qualify for Tier II/Professional Development hours.
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are from 5:45-8:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (250 Commerce Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, 49503).
Call (616) 632-1007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to preregister by the Tuesday prior to the meeting.
The diaper drive is the Great Start Parent Coalition’s ongoing effort to collect and distribute diapers to families in need in Kent County. Learn more here and watch this video:
The GSPC, Great Start of Kent County, and First Steps believe it is the responsibility of parents, providers, early childhood professionals, and other community members to continuously develop leadership and advocacy skills to build public support for early childhood investment and a stronger voice for the children in our community.
Here are some documents and links we find helpful as we work to advocate for our youngest citizens:
The Great Start Parent Coalition is partnering with AppleTree/Gilden Woods Early Care and Preschool to host diaper drives at all of their greater Grand Rapids locations throughout the month of July. AppleTree/Gilden Woods has partnered with the Parent Coalition’s Diaper Drive each year since 2012, collecting tens of thousands of diapers that have then been distributed to food pantries throughout Kent County. This year, they have caught the attention of local media and the 2015 Diaper Drive is set to break records! Read more.
Kent County’s Great Start Parent Coalition has been selected as one of 61 national recipients of the inaugural Funds for Change grant awarded by the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN). These funds will allow the Coalition to extend their reach throughout the community, leading to even more successful diaper drives and increasing the number of babies and families impacted through diaper collection and distribution. Read more.
This calendar provides a year-long guide of literacy and early learning activities featuring the Michigan Early Learning Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten. This valuable tool is being used in homes and childcare settings throughout Kent County.
View it HERE or contact our office for a printed copy.