Upcoming Fall Community Events

September 2017

  • At The Moives UB Church in Fowlerville Toy Story Movie and popcorn Friday Sept 1st at 8pm-10pm
  • Kid’s Free Building Workshop Home Depot: Pencil Box, Sept 2nd 9am-12pm RSVP online http://www.homedepot.com/workshops/#store/2724
  • Labor Day Sept 4th
  • LACASA Collection Grand Opening Celebration: Sept 8- Sept 10th, 10am-4pm more info here
  • Family Emergency Readiness EXPO at the Public Safety Complex, Saturday Sept 9th 9:30am-3:30pm more info here
  • Grandparents Day Sunday September 10th
  • Great Start Parent Coalition Fall Play date: Tuesday September 12th at 10:30-12pm at Genoa Township fields – 2911 Dorr Road, Brighton
  • Calm, Focused, Persistent and Kind: Helping Children Develop Self-Regulation and Empathy Parent Education Class, LESA, 1425 W. Grand River, Howell,  Tuesday, September 19, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Dinner & child care included with your RSVP, space is limited. Contact:  Kathy Virden, 517-540-6860kathleenvirden@livingstonesa.org.
  • Great Start Parent Coalition Fall Play date: Thursday September 21st at 10:30– 12pm at Fowlerville Community Park – 425. N Grand St. Fowlerville
  • Kindergarten Readiness Day at Hartland Cromaine Library September 22nd all day, FREE Click here for more info
  • Baby Care Boot Camp.  It is free, fun and so informative!  All caregivers are welcome to attend! Part I – Basic TrainingSept. 25, 7 – 8:30 p.m.  Diapering, Dressing, Calming  Part II – Special OpsOct. 2, 7 – 8:30 p.m.  Bath time, Play time, Feeding.  Classes held at Pregnancy Help Clinic, 7743 W. Grand River #101, Brighton, 810-494-5433  
  • Save the Date for all our volunteers – September 28. You are invited to attend the Cheers to Volunteers event on Thursday, September 28th from 4:30 to 7:30 at the Howell Opera House. This event, to thank and celebrate you, is sponsored by Volunteer Livingston, Livingston County United Way.  RSVP here
  • Great Start Parent Coalition Fall Play date: Friday September 29th 10:30-12pm at Imagination Station – 448 Mill Pond Ln. Brighton
  • Fall Festival at the Fowlerville Fairgrounds – Sept 30th 10am-5pm Cost: Adults 18 and up: $5; Teens 13-17: $2; Kids 4-12: $1. Seniors 62+: $1; Kids 3 & under: free. Families can enjoy crafts, train rides, village tours, model train display, kids’ games, live entertainment, hayrides and more! more info here
  • Hartland Cromaine Library 90th Anniversary Saturday Sept 30th 10am-1pm, FREE Family event/ drop-in style. More info here
  • Prescription Drug Take-Back Day September 30th at 12pm-4pm at Howell Walgreens Provided by the Big Red Barrel, Livingston County Drain Commissioner and Walgreens


October 2017

  • Community Baby Shower Sat October 14th 9am-12pm Howell Bennett Rec Center
  • Parent Coalition Meeting Thrs Oct 19th

Books, book, books!!!

Great Start Livingston’s Parent Coalition and many partners, have been busy getting books into the hands of young children in the county. Book bins have been placed in lobby’s of several locations throughout Livingston County where children can read a book while waiting, or take a book to add to their own personal library. Donations can also be made to the book bins.

Below, is a list of the book bin’s locations as well as the locations of lending libraries throughout Livingston county.

Also, look for Great Start Livingston’s Cool Down reading center on Weds July 26th Kids Day at the Fowlerville Fair!


Bin Locations as of July 2017

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  1. Fowlerville Laundry Mat

Kate’s Coin Laundry:

113 N. Second Street/ Fowlerville MI 48836


  1. Ohana Karate

1070 W. Highland Rd/ Howell MI


  1. Catholic Charities

2020 East Grand River, Suite 104, Howell, MI 48843


  1. WIC

2300 E Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843


  1. DMV/ Secretary of State

1448 Lawson Dr, Howell, MI 48843


  1. Maria’s School of Dance- Fowlerville

105 E Grand River Ave, Fowlerville, MI 48836


  1. MCDC: My Community Dental Centers          

1335 Byron Rd, Howell, MI 48843



2895 W Grand River Ave, Howell, MI 48843


Free Little Lending Libraries in Livingston County

Divided by area as of 7/2017

Fowlerville Area:

Charter #41954                 130 S. Grand Ave/Fowlerville 48836

Charter #16156                 Fowlerville Public library

Charter #15498            701 Devonshire/Fowlerville 48836


Howell Area:

Charter #15230                 4764 Mack/Howell 48855

Charter #12296                 1240 Packard Dr/ Howell 48843

Charter #34838                 LESA Building: 1425 W. Grand River Ave/ Howell 48843

Charter #44941                 2387 Byron Rd/ Howell 48843

Charter #21458                 603 W. Washington/ Howell 48843

Charter #41569                 410 W. Clinton St/ Howell 48843

Charter #14753                 503 Lake Street/ Howell 48843

Charter #45206                 1864 Hartland Woods Dr/ Howell 48843

Charter #39943                 Hutchings Elementary: 3503 Bigelow Rd/ Howell 48855


Brighton Area:

Charter #10922                 134 Leith St/ Brighton 48116

Charter #19227                 722 S. Third St/ Brighton 48116

Charter #6076                    719 Oak Ridge Dr/ Brighton 48116


Pinckney Area:

Charter #50515                 8608 Portage Lake Blvd/ Pinckney 48169

List of parks in and around Livingston County

Family Fun

Parks by Location:

Bolded Parks = Parent Coalition’s favorites! (4/2017)


Brighton State Recreation Area (Bishop Lake)

Huron Meadows Metropark

Mill Pond Park (Imagination Station)



Fowlerville Community Park



Epley Park

Hartland Heritage Field

Settler’s Park



Argyle Street Park

Baldwin Park

Elizabeth Park

Fillmore County Park- Genoa Twp

Genoa Township Fields and Trail

Howell City Park (Thompson Lake Park)

John S. Page Athletic Field

Lakeside Park

Lucy Road Park

Maple Street Park (Don Miller Park)

Marion Township Park

McPherson Park

Osceola Township Soccer Fields

Page Athletic Field

Park Street Park (Dr. Louis May Park)

Paul Bennett Field

Paul Bennett Recreation Center

Rolling Oaks Park

West Street Park


Pinckney/ Gregory

Public Square Park

Unadilla State Wildlife Park


Other areas:

Coleman Park- South Lyon

Island Lake State Recreation Area- South Lyon

McHattie Park- South Lyon

Manly Bennett Memorial Park- Hamburg

Kensington Metropark- Milford

Lutz County Park- Deerfield Twp

Public School Playgrounds


For a great article on the importance of outdoor play- check out this article by naeyc!


2017 Month of the Young Child

Events for Month of the Young Child at the Brighton District Library :

Official flier for MOYC2017

Month of the Young Child®
Early Years Are Learning Years™

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.

2017 Focus Weeks

Week 1 April 1 8 Physical Development
Week 2 April 9 15 Social Development
Week 3 April 16 22 Emotional Development
Week 4 April 23 30 Cognitive Development

Check out the website for more information here: http://www.miaeyc.org/moyc.htm

Parent Spot Light: Shannon Brown

Shannon Brown is a member of Great Start Livingston’s Parent Coalition,
as well as several GSL Sub-Committee’s. shannon-brown
Please join us in congratulating Shannon in her newest role as co-chair for Policy Council.  
We asked Shannon a few questions, read below to learn more about Shannon Brown!
Q: What do you enjoy doing with your family in Livingston County?
A: Some of the things I enjoy doing around Livingston county include visiting the playgrounds in the warmer months, and walking around downtown Howell and exploring the Brighton mill pond. We like to visit the library frequently. One of our favorite activities is our churches AWANA program. I also love to watch my children learn different skills through the community education programs such as: gymnastics, swimming and karate.
Q: What do you love most about being on the Parent Coalition?
A: One of biggest reasons I love the Parent Coalition is the support and unity it provides. The Parent Coalition also provides new learning opportunities and advice to help better me as a parent and improve my confidence in raising young children.
Q: What are you most nervous and or exited about with your daughter going to kindergarten next year?
A: I am nervous about sending my daughter to Kindergarten in the fall because I really want her to fit in and make friends and succeed in school despite her physical hardships. However, I know that she will do great. With all the resources out there like Early On and GSRP, etc. to help prepare her, I have a lot less worry about how she will do in Kindergarten. We have great schools in this county with amazing staff and teachers and a lot of love and support from family. I am very excited to see her take off and learn new things and make friends and accomplish even more in her life.
If you would like to learn more about how to get involved in Parent Coalition
or a Sub-Committee of Great Start Livingston,
please email Holly Kupec at HollyKupec@LivingstonESA.org
or check out our website at GreatStartLivingston.org