Have fun while learning and sharing with other local parents

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The Parent Coalition is a group of parents, grandparents, caregivers and professionals who advocate for young children in Montcalm County. Parents meet monthly to network with other parents, learn about different topics, plan events and find out about resources in Montcalm County. At each meeting dinner, childcare, a speaker, and a short agenda of ideas that parents are working on are all provided.

Parents that attend help to plan all of the meetings and events so that to help provide information and activities that families need and want. Montcalm and Ionia Great Start Collaborative Director Cari O’Connor says “Parents are the First and most important teachers in a child’s life, anything that we can do to support them will go a long way to adding to our community in the future”

Parental engagement is a major focus this year. Studies have proven that children with involved parents do better in school and are more prepared to be independent and succeed in life.  “Each night we make time to talk about our days” says Great Start Parent Liaison Brandy Minikey about her family, “We talk about the good, the bad, what we learned and what we enjoyed the most.”  “You learn a lot about each other and the individuals your children are becoming by doing this.” All of meetings are FREE and open to all families in Montcalm County.  Here is a list of  Spring and Summer meetings and events:

April 14th, 2014

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Montcalm Area Career Center, 1550 W Sidney Rd, Sidney

Topic: Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Nicole Long Director – We Care for Kids Council

 

April 26th, 2014

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: Montcalm Community College, 2800 College Dr, Sidney, MI 48885

Topic: We Care For Kids Council – Family Fun Day

 

May 12th, 2014

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Montcalm Area Career Center, 1550 W Sidney Rd, Sidney

Topic: Childhood Asthma and Allergies, Andrea Miller, FNP Carson City Pediatrics Office

 

June 9th, 2014

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Montcalm Area Career Center, 1550 W Sidney Rd, Sidney

Topic: Family Nature Walk!

 

August 7th, 2014

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Anderson and Girls Orchard, 2985 N Sheridan Rd, Stanton, MI 48888

Early Childhood Celebration Ice Cream Social

Visit www.GreatStartMontcalm.org

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