The Parent Coalition is a group ofparents, grandparents, caregivers and professionals who advocate for youngchildren in Montcalm County. We meet monthly learn about early childhood developmentand share/plan activities in the community! For this information and more about the Parent Coalition visit our Calendar, BLOG, or our facebook page! Here is a brief look at what ishappening in Montcalm County.
What is Happening:
October 30th, November 6thand 13th, 1:30-2:30pm Milk & Cookies Breastfeeding SupportMeeting Take time to meet other breastfeeding mothers and receive helpfrom Certified Lactation Counselors. Surrounding yourself with others who shareyour same situation can be very supporting and helpful. This is a free meetingheld every Tuesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Spectrum Health United Lifestyles inGreenville 616.754.6185.
October30th, November 6th and 13th, 10:00-11:00am FallStory Hour - Stanton at White Pine Library, 106 East WalnutStreet, Stanton, MI 48888. Fall Story Hour Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.September 18 – November 20, for children 3, 4 and 5-years-old. To register forthis free program please visit or call the library, 989-831-4327
October30th, November 6th and 13th, 10:00-11:00am FallStory Hour - Greenville at Flat River Community Library,Greenville, MI. Listen to a story or two and then create a different craft eachweek!
October30th, November 6th and 13th, 11:00am-Noon Weekly Preschool Library Group - Howard City at Timothy C.Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library; Howard City Contact Cheryl Smith,Children's Librarian 231-937-5575.
November 2nd and 9th, 10:00am Wigglesand Giggles It's an introduction to all those songs and gamesthat we all learned back in the "olden days". Sorry...some of you are not from the oldendays but if you know a child ages 0-4 or even a 5 year old not going toKindergarten and they need to meet other children and have some fun please letthem know that this class is Friday's at CM Elementary (Sheridan Elem)10:00-10:30am. Not only will we besinging the old favorites but lots of new fun songs too. You can buy a punch card and you may comewhen you can. We will meet in the musicroom, an adult is expected to stay and play with us. Call Grandma Suzie at 989-261-3163 if youhave questions or want to sign up email
November 3rd, 9:00-Noon, at the Seiter Center,Greenville Autism: Understanding the difference, makes the difference Description of class: A journey through the Autism Spectrum. This workshop is designed to helpparents, caregivers and interested characteristics of 1) qualitativeimpairments in the communication, 2) repetitive, restricted, and stereotypicalsocial interactions. In addition, wewill take a brief look at the atypical responses to sensory stimuli. Registerfor class: www.greatstartconnect.org
November 3rd, 9:30, 11:00 and 12:30at Flat RiverCommunity Library – Greenville Free Parent/ChildPlaygroup for children ages birth-5 years. This Months' feature story Clap YourHands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley.
November 5th, 11:00am Weekly Toddler Library Group - Howard City at Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds TownshipLibrary; Howard City. Contact Cheryl Smith, Children's Librarian231-937-5575
November 10th, 5:30pm -7:00pm Harvest Party withthe Parent Coalition! Pot Luck dinner,holiday treats and crafts for the children.
November 12th, 5:30pm -7:30pm Montly Parent CoalitionMeeting at Lakeview Community Church. At each Parent Coalition meeting we havedinner, visit with other parents, discuss topics that are important to us andplan activities in the community. We schedule special speakers based on whatyou want to learn about and we always provide childcare! This months' topic CarSeat Safety.
Parent Tip: Developing Good Readers
To read this full article visitPBS Parents at: http://www.pbs.org/launchingreaders/parenttips_1.html
"Learning can happen even as you're driving in the car, takingthe bus, or going for a walk. Parents of preschoolers can point out words inthe world around them – the word stop on a stop sign, for example, andthe word McDonald's on a child's favorite fast-food place. Readingspecialists call this print awareness." "Read early and read often. The earlyyears are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. You can't startreading to a child too soon!"
Read together every day. Give everything a name. Say how much you enjoy reading together. Read with fun in your voice. Know when to stop. Be interactive. Read it again and again and again. Talk about writing, too. Point out print everywhere. Get your child evaluated if you suspect a problem.
Where we need help:
If you can help out with any of theseevents please contact Brandy Minikey at:
· ParentCoalition: Bring a friend! We areincreasing our attendance and we still want to get the word out to morefamilies about what we are doing for families in Montcalm County!
· Facebook: We need more followers on facebook!!!!!!!!!!!Please go to our page and be sure to like our page, then share it with ALL ofyour friends! When we reach 200 People that like our page we will be giving outsome prizes! www.facebook.com/greatstartmontcalmcounty
· WinterWear Drive: We are starting our annual winter wear drive for children inMontcalm County this month. If you arewilling to host a box for donations, or pick up donations please let me know!
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Contact Great Start Montcalm County:
621 New Street, PO BOX 367
Stanton, MI 48888
Phone: (616) 225-6146
Cari O'Connor, Director