Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Celebrating Parents and Families Event!

On Friday, February 2nd 2018, the Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County (GSC) hosted a "Celebrating Parents and Families" breakfast event at the Cascades Manor House. Those in attendance included parents, families, teachers, educational leaders, social service agency representatives and more. Two guest speakers from the Community Action Agency Building Resilience group shared their impactful stories of overcoming a life of trauma. Another highlight of the event was a focus on the Great Start Collaborative's (GSC) Trusted Advisor work. The GSC of Jackson County received a $60,000 Trusted Advisor grant to coordinate efforts around reaching the hardest to reach populations/families in Jackson County to provide resources and supports to meet needs they may have. The Trusted Advisors we are working with in the community were present at this event and are everyday individuals building relationships and connecting people to resources at food banks, shelters, work services, laundromats, and more.

Current and upcoming projects of the GSC were also shared at this event. Because of a generous grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation, the GSC has begun work on increasing the literacy scores of children in Jackson County and decreasing the effects of "summer slide." We have teamed up with our ISD Literacy team in order to plan and introduce "Summer Literacy Labs" in the county's most needed areas. These labs will be focused on both prekindergarten and K-3 Essential Instructional Practices in Literacy to build skills in both children and parents/guardians. In addition, the GSC will increase access to books in the home by utilizing the Little Free Library and the Take a Book: Return a Book program across the county.

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