Request for Proposal for New Great Start Readiness Program Preschool Opportunities

The Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) is Michigan’s state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors that may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).

GSRP has provided quality preschool education to over 500,000 at‐risk four‐year‐olds since it began in 1985. Research shows students attending this successful program did better throughout their academic careers, had lower dropout rates, had higher incomes as adults and were imprisoned less frequently than children who didn’t attend preschool.

Download: Request for Proposal (RFP) for 2015-16 GSRP

Fitness Resources in Montcalm County

Did you set a goal to become more physically fit this year? Don’t give up summer is a great time to renew that goal! Make physical activity a priority for the whole family!

We have a lot of great resources in our community.

Fred Meijer Heartland Trail for walking, running, biking and rollerblading:

Many Parks in Montcalm County!

Don’t let rainy days get you down either:

The Club Fitness Center in Greenville, Great Start Newsletter Members receive a free 1 week trial. Don’t forget they offer childcare on-site!

SNAP Fitness 30 day trial for $8.95.

Fresh Start Fitness in Greenville has a FREE 7 day pass available:

And coming this fall there will be a low cost option in Stanton, watch the newsletter for more information!
If you have additional ideas to share on how to stay active visit our facebook page and share!

Celebrate the Month of the Young Child in April!

Month of the Young Child®
Celebrating Our Youngest Learners!

Each April, Michigan celebrates Month of the Young Child® (MOYC®).

This is a time when communities and individuals recognize the needs and rights
of young children and their families.

Since 1971, one week in April has been celebrated nationally as Week of the Young Child. In 1985, Michigan expanded the celebration to the entire month of April, with each week having a specific focus.

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) coordinates the campaign with support from local and state organizations, businesses and public agencies.

2015 Focus Weeks:

Week 1 April 1 4 Physical Development
Week 2 April 5 11 Social Development
Week 3 April 12 18 Emotional Development
Week 4 April 19 30 Cognitive Development

Michigan Voter Resources

2014 Election Day: Tuesday November 4thVote

Montcalm County Voter Information Center:

Michigan Voter Information Center:

View your ballot:

Absentee voting:

Michigan Sandbox Party:

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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