Community Calendars


Great Start recognizes the importance of community involvement and the value of opportunities for families to learn and grow together. We have created these community calendars as a way to share timely community events with you. If you know of any events please take time to add them to our community calendar or forward the information to Please encourage the agencies and organizations that you partner with to do so as well so we can have a comprehensive one stop shop for early childhood information in our communities.

Please note that there are guidelines for submissions and each will be reviewed before posting

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The Parent Talk System Webinar Series – July-August 2024


Free. This parenting workshop authored by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman is designed to improve communication and provide practical verbal strategies for raising confident, caring, responsible children. This class is meant for parents of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following topics: Eliminating unwanted behavior Setting limits Teaching about consequences Giving effective […]

Read to Your Shelter Pet Program

Various Shelters

Introducing the Read to Your Shelter Pet Program sponsored by the amazing Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan and UPAWS! Get ready to have loads of fun while making a positive impact on shelter animals. Here’s everything you need to know: The program will take place monthly on the third Thursday, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Mark […]

Fee Free Day State and National Park

Isle Royal and Pictured Rocks Parks

The U.P. is home to: Michigan's only national park — Isle Royale National Park. One of the least visited national parks in the country, it is also one of the most revisited and among National Geographic's “Best of the World” list for 2021.   Also, Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore State Park is participating: Come experience the […]

Kinship Caregiver Classes (Free Webinar)


Kinship Caregiver classes are targeted to relatives caring for another relative’s children. This free series of workshops will provide guidance for kinship caregivers of children as they navigate the joys, challenges and concerns of raising kids. Participants may register once and attend as few or as many workshops as they wish. The workshops are as […]

Online Kinship Caregiver Workshops: Setting the Stage: Promoting Social-Emotional Health in Young Children

Online (or phone)

Social and emotional development, a critical aspect of overall brain development, begins at birth. Social-emotional skills are nurtured through daily routine, language and play. They are the foundations of social competence that affect a child’s ability to adapt in school and to form successful relationships throughout life. Learn about social emotional health, activities and resources […]