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About greatstartlivingston

Great Start Collaborative of Livingston County (Great Start Livingston) is a partnership of local parents, service organizations, business leaders, libraries, faith-based organizations, schools, individual community members and other stakeholders dedicated to the success of our youngest citizens. The focus of our work is aimed at developing a single, interconnected network of public and private services and supports to help achieve our mission to support the development of all children ages birth through five for success in school and in life.

2018-2019 Parent Coalition Meeting Dates


Join Great Start Livingston Parent Coalition for meetings during the 2018-2019 school year on these dates!


Dinner and Childcare provided at meetings (first come/first serve) – MUST RSVP 


Thursday September 20, 2018

No official meeting in October- join us for our 5 week parenting workshop instead

Thursday November 15, 2018

Thursday December 13, 2018

Thursday January 17, 2019

Thursday February 21, 2019

Thursday March 21, 2019

Thursday April 18, 2019

Thursday May 16, 2019

Thursday June 13, 2019


Strengthening Families Assessment Update

What Makes Your Family Strong- 2.9.16

This past spring, Great Start Livingston Parent Coalition had the opportunity to be assessed in how well we are implementing the Strengthening Families format in our work and help us to set goals for our future work.  The assessment was done by facilitators from ECIC (Early Childhood Investment Corporation) and was made up of the Great Start Parent Coalition Parent Liaisons and several core parent leaders from the parent coalition. (Nina, Shannon, Lizet and Carrie).

The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework is a national research-based initiative that aims to develop and enhance five specific characteristics (called protective factors) that help keep families strong and promotes optimal development of children.  These protective factors are: Parental Resilience, Social Connections, Concrete Supports in Times of Need, Knowledge or parenting and child development, and Social and emotional competence of children. To learn more about what the Strengthening Families Format is, Check out our webpage here.

During the process, we identified both the parent coalitions areas where we can improve as well as our areas of strength.  We then looked at the evaluation results and created actionable goals that will guide our upcoming parent-led parent coalition work.

A few examples of areas the parent coalition sees as areas we can continue to improve on are:

  • The GSPC (Great Start Parent Coalition) provides orientation for new members about the GSPC purpose, goals and objectives. *This is the area for improvement that our parents want to focus on for the upcoming year and have created a goal for.
  • Parents have opportunities to share skills, talents and cultural traditions with children and other parents.

A few examples of strengths that came out from the assessment are:

  • GSPC (Great Start Parent Coalition)  supports families during challenging times
  • GSPC provides opportunities for parents to learn about parenting and child develeopment
  • GSPC reinforces that parents are the first teachers and key decision makers for their child’s lives
  • GSPC supports members in serving as leaders and encourages parents to take on leadership roles. *This is the area of strength that our parents really want to focus on this upcoming year, and have created a goal for.

Overall, the experience was very positive and helpful. It was great to see so many parents excited about the parent coalition work and to learn what they want to work on first and where they want to put their efforts and focus this upcoming year!

If you want to get involved with the work of the parent coalition this upcoming year, please contact 

The Parent Coalition is so important to Livingston County! We strive to meet these purposes:

  1. To provide a “customer perspective” for the Great Start Collaborative.
  2. Educate community members about the importance of Early Childhood.
  3. Support the Great Start Collaborative’s work toward achieving Michigan’s Early Childhood Outcomes.
  4. Provide information, education and resources to parents raising young children.


Summer Events around the County

Family Fun2   Summer Community Events

July 2018 Events:

August 2018 Events:

  • Thurs Aug 2nd @ 10:30-11:30am: GSL Park Playdate at Lakes Elementary School Park/ Hartland
  • Thurs Aug 2nd @ 11:30- 12:15pm: Pint Size Polkas (family concert with Polka Music) at Howell library
  • Aug 2nd @ 3-5pm Lego Bricks Rock, all ages welcome at Pinckney Public library
  • Friday Aug 3rd @ 10am- 2pm: Help GSL AND LESA Stuff the bus at Howell Walmart by donating back to school supplies and/or cash
  • Tuesday Aug 7th @ 10:30-noon: Howell Nature Center and Playscape with Early On (Children ages 0-3 and their caregivers) *Donation fee required for Nature Center- Suggestion: bring a change or clothes and towel and a sack lunch.
  • Weds Aug 8th @ 10:30-11:30am: GSL Park Playdate at Fowlerville Community Park
  • Tues Aug 14th @ 10:30-noon: Pinckney Park at the Town Square with Early On (Children ages 0-3 and their caregivers). Enjoy the park as well as sensory play and storytime in the shade
  • Aug 15th @ 11am-noon All Ages Prize Party at Pinckney Public library
  • Weds Aug 15th: United Way Day of Caring- Volunteer to help stuff backpacks or new mom bags w/ GSL
  • Thurs Aug 16th @ 5-8pm: LESA Backpack Distribution and Connect for Kids Event
  • Sat Aug 25th @ 7pm: Free Movie: “Babe” at Historic Howell Theater


Know about other FREE/ Cheap and Family Friendly Fun Events going on around the county? Send the information to Holly Kupec at and we can add them to our list! 🙂

May Community Events

Also…. Keep these Summer Park Play Dates in Mind!