Great Start

Strengthening Families

Learn the five protective factors!!!

Program Overview

Due to Covid-19, classes are currently not available

This free 2-hour training is perfect for anyone who is interested in learning about the Strengthening Families Framework. Strengthening Families is an approach that builds on the strengths of the family and provides caregivers the tools they need to raise strong children and build strong families. Participants will be introduced to the Strengthening Families Five Protective Factors: Social Connections, Concrete Support in Times of Need, Parental Resilience, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, and Social and Emotional Competence of Children. This training is funded through the Michigan Department of Education Office of Great Start Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.

Care Giving Conversations

This is a free 10-hour training offered to actively billing unlicensed child care providers and the families who use these providers for care. Providers earn training hours to become a level two provider. The Care Giving Conversations training series is designed to support parents and their care providers to build stronger relationships with each other by learning about the Strengthening Families Protective Factors and participating in meaningful conversations that promote connection and trust. In each of the five part Care Giving Conversations trainings, participants will learn about one Protective Factor, how it can help to strengthen their family and help them access the supports and services needed to address their family’s needs. This training is funded through the Michigan Department of Education Office of Great Start Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant.

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Here's what the community is saying

“I am overwhelmed by the impact I'm already seeing in my children’s lives…If you ever need an advocate for the Conscious Discipline Classes, please let me know and I would be happy to be there to help spread this word.”

“I have learned so many tools I am going to utilize to help my children and my family. Thank you so much!”

“I just love everything Great Start has to offer and i know I can contact you if I need help or info on anything.”

“My girls always love the At Home Learning Kits and the projects that they get to do together. And it’s nice because they are educational!”

“My daughter loves these kits. It makes her feel special, and she loves being able to share them with her brothers and mommy. The boys think the activities are fun, too, even though they are My daughter loved the kit this month! We spend a couple hours building houses, bridges ect., and she loved it! All the kits we have gotten keep her attention longer then activities we have tried at home so we love them!”

“My daughter loves these educational kits. It makes her feel special and she loves being able to share them with her brothers and mommy. The boys think the activities are fun too even though they are 12 and 9 they still enjoy doing them and try to help their sister out.”

“My girls always love the kits and the projects that they get to do together. And its nice because they are educational.”

“These kits are amazing. These guys do a great job putting these together. Thank you so much.”

“Great start collaboration play dates and activities have been a God send for my daughter and I. Great start collaborative Staff are knowledgeable, professional, approachable and friendly. I highly recommend that people with children come and check out an event at Great start collaborative.”

- Shannon(Parent)

“I was given new opportunities with Great Start and it has been a positive impact in our lives.”

- Sarah(Parent)

“ Thank you for getting a grant that allowed our kids to take home free math kits! The math kits are of superior quality and the kids love them! We have really enjoyed using them. The note from our Sheriff built a connection to our community and real live math!”

- Caring Parent

" Thanks to a connection made through Great Start, Senator Green was able to help a parent get needed education in their local school district for a young child.” ”

- Representative for Senator Green

“Since joining Great Start, I feel my voice has only become stronger in advocating for my child! You have led me to many resources and great opportunities to share with my child!"

- Katrina(parent member)

"Loved the note from Sheriff Skrent - connection to our community and real life math!"

“Very informational regarding transportation to mental health services – my families are unaware of this service!"

- Amber(health provider)

“ I am a new mom that was gifted a wonderful baby bag full of very useful items, and I am very grateful and my heart is so full. Thank you so much. Every penny counts in our family-so the gift was very meaningful to us! God Bless"

-Sharon(parent)

“The training exceeded my expectations. There was so much I didn’t know!"

“Very informative and mind-blowing training! Thank you!"

“My child loves all of the activities and it is always a wonderful time when not on the tablet!"

“The math kit is amazing. Thank you so much. She absolutely loves it."

“We loved the math kit and explored with it as soon as we opened it. Thank you!"

“Thank you for the math kit! Both my kids love it!"

Here's what the community is saying

“I am overwhelmed by the impact I'm already seeing in my children’s lives…If you ever need an advocate for the Conscious Discipline Classes, please let me know and I would be happy to be there to help spread this word.”

“I have learned so many tools I am going to utilize to help my children and my family. Thank you so much!”

“I just love everything Great Start has to offer and i know I can contact you if I need help or info on anything.”

“My girls always love the At Home Learning Kits and the projects that they get to do together. And it’s nice because they are educational!”

“My daughter loves these kits. It makes her feel special, and she loves being able to share them with her brothers and mommy. The boys think the activities are fun, too, even though they are My daughter loved the kit this month! We spend a couple hours building houses, bridges ect., and she loved it! All the kits we have gotten keep her attention longer then activities we have tried at home so we love them!”

“My daughter loves these educational kits. It makes her feel special and she loves being able to share them with her brothers and mommy. The boys think the activities are fun too even though they are 12 and 9 they still enjoy doing them and try to help their sister out.”

“My girls always love the kits and the projects that they get to do together. And its nice because they are educational.”

“These kits are amazing. These guys do a great job putting these together. Thank you so much.”

“Great start collaboration play dates and activities have been a God send for my daughter and I. Great start collaborative Staff are knowledgeable, professional, approachable and friendly. I highly recommend that people with children come and check out an event at Great start collaborative.”

- Shannon(Parent)

“I was given new opportunities with Great Start and it has been a positive impact in our lives.”

- Sarah(Parent)

“ Thank you for getting a grant that allowed our kids to take home free math kits! The math kits are of superior quality and the kids love them! We have really enjoyed using them. The note from our Sheriff built a connection to our community and real live math!”

- Caring Parent

" Thanks to a connection made through Great Start, Senator Green was able to help a parent get needed education in their local school district for a young child.” ”

- Representative for Senator Green

“Since joining Great Start, I feel my voice has only become stronger in advocating for my child! You have led me to many resources and great opportunities to share with my child!"

- Katrina(parent member)

"Loved the note from Sheriff Skrent - connection to our community and real life math!"

“Very informational regarding transportation to mental health services – my families are unaware of this service!"

- Amber(health provider)

“ I am a new mom that was gifted a wonderful baby bag full of very useful items, and I am very grateful and my heart is so full. Thank you so much. Every penny counts in our family-so the gift was very meaningful to us! God Bless"

-Sharon(parent)

“The training exceeded my expectations. There was so much I didn’t know!"

“Very informative and mind-blowing training! Thank you!"

“My child loves all of the activities and it is always a wonderful time when not on the tablet!"

“The math kit is amazing. Thank you so much. She absolutely loves it."

“We loved the math kit and explored with it as soon as we opened it. Thank you!"

“Thank you for the math kit! Both my kids love it!"

About us

Tuscola Great Start works to ensure every child in Tuscola County is safe, healthy, eager and ready to succeed in school and become contributing, productive members of an economically stable Tuscola County.

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These materials were developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education

Contact

Great Start Tuscola

1401 Cleaver Rd
Caro, MI 48723

(989) 673-2144 ext 30325