Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Parent Coalition
Come discover just how influential you can be in your county. The Great Start Parent Coalition (GSPC) is a place where you can voice your opinions, learn new things and connect with other parents.

The Parent Coalition is open to all parents in the Van Buren County. We work to help educate, inform and recruit parents in our community to become involved in making our county a great place for young families to live and grow.

During our monthly meetings, parents share information and participate in decision-making processes to improve early childhood services. Ultimately, we're all working together to provide a GREAT START for all children.

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Upcoming Meetings

Join Us at a Family Field Trip this Summer


Kalamazoo Air Zoo

Tuesday, June 26:  10 am—12 pm

6151 Portage Road, Portage

 $8/person; Children age 4 and under are free.

Kitty Hawke Cafe will be open or bring a picnic lunch to eat under the pavilion (outside food is not allowed inside the museum.)

RSVP not required, sign-in and pay at the Great Start Parent Coalition table at the Air Zoo on the day of the event.


U-Pick Blueberries at Brookside Farms

Educational presentation by Brookside Farms staff

Thursday, July 19th: 5:00—7:00 pm; 

Rain date: July 26th: 5:00—7:00 pm

34448 44th Ave, Paw Paw

Families will be responsible for purchasing any berries they pick or products they purchase. Blueberries are $1.40/lb.  Children must be supervised while in the field.  No RSVP needed.


Book Walk & Scavenger Hunt

on the Kal-Haven Trail

Tues., Aug. 14th: 10 am—12 pm;  Rain date: Aug. 16th, 10 am—12 pm

Kal-Haven Trail Midpoint, August Haven Park,

100 N Van Buren St, Bloomingdale, MI 49026

A guided book walk and scavenger hunt along the Kal-Haven Trail will include a visit to the Train Depot Museum.  
Families are welcome to bring a picnic lunch, strollers, and bikes. 

FREE book for each family!  No RSVP required—Bring a friend!

The Parent Coalition has meetings, events, field trips and parent training's offered throughout the year. 

South Haven - GREAT START Parent Coalition  - No Summer Meetings

South Haven Morning Meeting
9:30 - 11:30 am
HOPE Parent Resource Center,
901 S. Bailey Ave., South Haven
Snack provided & children welcome "child care provided".

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