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Great Start Collaborative Quarterly Meetings

Meetings are from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. and lunch is provided when we meet in person.  Due to COVID19 upcoming meetings are likely to be held virtually via Zoom.  Please request a meeting invitation and agenda by emailing Allison Keessen, 



September 8, 2020 Zoom 
December 8, 2020 Zoom
March 9, 2021 Zoom
June 8, 2021 Zoom if virtual or Muskegon Area ISD
630 Harvey Street, Muskegon MI 49442M


Great Start E-NEWS 

For regular updates about  activities and other resources for families with children 0-12 years old, sign up for our e-news today. 

Great Start Parent Cafes

Join other parents and caregivers online as we meet to talk about relevant topics and encourage each other.   Hosted by The Great Start of Muskegon County and Muskegon County Public Health, these are conversations, NOT classes, meant to help us learn from our own and each others' strengths.  Text (231) 224-6325 or email for more information.  

Thursdays 3:30-4:30 pm 
October 15: Raising Mentally Strong Kids - Support for Parents: Helping our kids develop emotional and mental wellness while they are young is so important! Please join us we share ideas and support one another as we discuss this topic over Zoom!

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men." -Frederick Douglass Register for your zoom link here

October 29: Parents are Superheroes - Find your Super Power: Superheroes aren't only for Halloween. Parents, you are superheroes to your kids! Join us if you're looking for conversation or support. Register for your zoom link here.

November 12: Surviving and Thriving Through the Holidays: The holidays can be a joyful, yet stressful time. Do you need some support during? Please join us for conversation and friendship as we meet over zoom. Register for your zoom link here.

Great Start Family Fun and Parent Meeting Nights

Family Fun Meetings are currently suspended due to COVID19.  When they resume they will be held monthly from 4:30-6 pm at the Orchard View Community Education Building, 1765 Ada Avenue.  These events include a family dinner and child supervision provided while parents meet.  To receive more information about these and other upcoming events for the Great Start Parent Coalition, please sign up to receive our e-news or contact  Cheryl Latsch (231) 224-6325‬. 

Great Start Play and Learn Groups

Despite COVID-19, there are many opportunities to connect with other families and children across Muskegon County.  Visit our Community Calendar to find Play and Learn Grab 'N Go Packs, and virtual, recorded, and in-person gatherings at various times.  For updates, please sign up for our e-newsletter or contact Allison Keessen,   Play and Learn Groups are for children from birth to age 5 with a parent or caregiver.  Older siblings always welcome too.  These literacy-based groups promote kindergarten readiness through developmentally appropriate educational play.  Children and parents build social connections and also gain access to other resources if desired.