Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August is Breastfeeding awareness month. Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions a new mom makes is how to feed her child. When you choose to breastfeed, you make an investment in your baby’s future. Breastfeeding allows you to make the food that is perfect for your baby. Your milk gives your baby the healthy start that will last a lifetime. Click HERE for more information.

Early Childhood Conference – Planting the Seeds for the Future

The Early Childhood Conference provides quality local supports to support raising and caring for healthy children. This conference is intended for Montcalm County Parents (Biological, Foster, Adoptive, Grandparents) and Early Childhood Service Providers serving families with children ages 0-5 years of age (childcare providers, preschool teachers, home visitors, infant mental health professionals, health care professionals, social services professionals, school personnel and therapists). Registration is now open, workshops fill up quickly, so if you are interested in attending please send in your registration form soon.

Early Childhood Conference – Planting the Seeds For the Future Registration Materials

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Enrollment is now open, if you have any children or grandchildren under age 4, that reside in Montcalm County or an MAISD District, fill out a registration form so that your child or grandchild will receive a free book each month until their fourth birthday.

For more information and to register online click HERE.

This program is a great value for any parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle.;If you would like to sponsor a child, please consider making the tax-deductible donation of $27.00. Please make a check payable to MASID-DOLLY DPIL and mail to: Great Start, Mindy Train, PO Box 367, Stanton, MI 48888. Make sure you provide your name and address as all donations are tax-deductible! If you are unable to make a contribution, please do not let that stop you from enrolling your child.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Suess, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut.

Preschool Registration

Is your child old enough for preschool this year (2013-2014)? If so make sure to fill out the Montcalm County Preschool application! This application is used by the EightCAP Head Start, Early Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP)! Most of these programs are no or low cost and are located in many cities in the county. Get the application here or contact: (616)754-9315 or 1-866-754-9315, ext. 3369 or Michigan Relay Center: 1-800-649-3777 (Voice & TDD).

Need tuition based preschool? Click here for a Montcalm County listing.

Get more information about the Great Start Readiness Program. Click here.

New Resource – Emergency Preparedness and Response Resources

The Administration for Children and Families released a rich set of resources containing activities to help families, early childhood programs, and policy makers prepare for disasters. Included are developmentally appropriate books and games to help children cope after disasters, and state templates and guides for policy makers to use in developing, enhancing or improving their state plans.

Summer Reading Programs at Your Local Library

The kids are home from school and everyone is enjoying summer but are you reading?  Great programs have been planned at your local library to keep kids engaged and teach a love of reading and literature!  Contact your local library today!

Carson City Public Library www.carsoncity.michlibrary.org Carson City

(989) 584-3680

Crystal Community Library crystal.llcoop.org Crystal

(989) 235-6111

Flat River Community Library greenville.llcoop.org Greenville

(616) 754-6359

Home Township Library edmore.llcoop.org Edmore

(989) 427-5241 

Sand Lake / Nelson Twp. Branch http://www.kdl.org/branches/14 Sand Lake

(877) 243-2466

Spencer Twp. Branch

http://www.kdl.org/branches/15 Gowen

(877) 243-2466

Tamarack District Library lakeview.llcoop.org Lakeview

(989) 352-6274

Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library www.tchrtl.michlibrary.org/ Howard City

(231) 937-5575

White Pine Library http://whitepinelibrary.org/ Stanton

(989) 831-4327