Great Start Parent Coalition

Who We Are

Working hand-in-hand with the GSC members, The Great Start Parent Coalition (GSPC) consists of parents and caregivers of children under 12. The GSPC is dedicated to informing and shaping early childhood initiatives, and helping families raise children who are supported and prioritized. Every coalition meeting encourages parents to share stories, participate in workshops, and advocate for assistance at the community, county, and state level.

If you’re a parent, we urge you to join our cause. Take action. Speak up. And discover how influential you can be today.

What We Do

  • Equip parents to be leaders in their families and our community.
  • Partner with providers to offer professional development, as many meetings qualify for Tier II Professional Development hours.
  • Serve as a sounding board to parent representatives and deliver the parent perspective to organizations and agencies within the GSC.
  • Engage with the community, coordinate and participate in outreach activities, public will-building, and advocacy at both the local and state level.

Come to a Coalition Meeting

Join us the second Thursday of every month for a fun filled night. We provide dinner and childcare starting at 5:45pm and we go until 8pm. Every month we discuss various topics that come along with parenting children in our community today. Join us at the First CRC 651 Franklin St. Grand Rapids, MI 49507. You can RSVP by email @ gsparents@successstartsearly.org or call us @ 616-632-1007

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  • Resource Night
    Date: April 11, 2019
    Time: 5:45pm - 8pm
    Location: First CRC
    Meal/Childcare:

    Dinner and childcare provided. Please let us know the number of children and their ages when you RSVP.

    Questions:

    Join us for a night of fun. Learn more about resources in our community. Anything from transportation, job searching, literacy, and developmental testing. We will have free dinner and childcare, plus the book mobile will be there for you to check out. We have translation services available as well. We can’t wait to see you there.

  • Eating Healthy and Making it Fun!
    Date: May 9, 2019
    Time: 5:45pm - 8pm
    Location: First CRC
    Meal/Childcare:

    Dinner and childcare provided. Please let us know the number of children and their ages when you RSVP.

    Questions:

    Join us for a night of eating and fun. We will have a guest from the Kent ISD, SNAP ED Program. They will be doing some fun cooking demos with us that we can do at home. We will have free dinner and childcare, plus the book mobile will be there as well. We also have translation services available. Come cook with us, it will be a blast.

     

Parent Cafés and Support Stations

Our Parent Cafés focus on The Strengthening Families 5 Protective Factors:

  • Resilience
  • Relationships
  • Knowledge
  • Support
  • Communication

Cafés are offered as both Parent Cafés (for moms and couples), as well as Parent Cafés for Dads (for fathers and father-figures).

Interested in Hosting?
  • Parent Cafes
    Date: March 21, 2019
    Time: 10am - 12pm
    Meal/Childcare:

    Light refreshment, no childcare available

    Questions:

    Join other parents to talk kids and parenting in a relaxed environment with people that get it.

    Based on the Strengthening Families 5 Protective Factors: Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development, Concrete Support in Times of Need, Social Emotional Competence of Children

  • Parent Support Stations
    Date: April 16, 2019
    Time: 9am - 11am
    Location: SECOM
    Meal/Childcare:

    None

    Questions:

    The Great Start Parent Coalition has partnered with local resource centers to hold parent support stations during operating hours. We come out and set up a mobile hot spot to help parents and families connect with local resources they might need but are having trouble accessing. Examples of some resources are housing needs, diapers, preschool/school, transportation, childcare, healthcare, connections and/or support systems, mental health services/assessments, oral health, ESL services, basic needs, and many more. Our locations and times vary depending on the outreach. If you have any questions you can contact us  gsparents@successstartsearly.org or 616-632-1007.

  • Parent Cafes
    Date: April 17, 2019
    Time: 10am - 12pm
    Location: North Kent Connect
    Meal/Childcare:

    Light refreshment, no childcare available

    Questions:

    Join other parents to talk kids and parenting in a relaxed environment with people that get it. Based on the Strengthening Families 5 Protective Factors: Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting & Child Development, Concrete Support in Times of Need, Social Emotional Competence of Children