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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 gsevents@dsisd.net. 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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Online Extension Extras Parenting Hour Mindfulness for Children

Online

Techniques of mindful awareness can help children learn to pay closer attention to their thoughts, feelings and emotions. Learn ways to help children reduce stress and anxiety to enhance their well being. Explore what the research says, get ideas for mindfulness activities and explore children’s literacy that supports mindfulness practices. Extension Extras Parenting Hour is […]

Online Parent Talk System Series – May-June 2024

Online

The Parent Talk System.  No cost. Thursdays 7:30pm - 9:00pm Class Information 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 caregivers of kids from toddlers to teens and will explore the following […]

Online Extension Extras Parenting Hour ABC’s of Early Literacy

Online

Early literacy skills are critical to a child’s early development. Parents and caregivers can give young children a jump start on reading by helping them to develop valuable pre-reading skills that prepare them for learning to read. This workshop will help participants understand the importance of reading on grade level by 3rd grade, the components […]

Online Guiding Principles for Highly Successful Parenting Webinar Series – May-June 2024

Online

The link for this webinar will be sent out after registration is complete. Offered at no cost. Class Information: Guiding Principles for Highly Successful Parenting is a parenting series to help you explore ways that you can be highly effective in raising your kids to be successful in school and in life. This class is […]

Paving the WaY to Self Determination Webinars (FREE!)

Online

Paving the Way to Self Determination is a program developed to support children with developmental disabilities (ages birth – 12) and their families in raising expectations people have for them by introducing the concepts and tools they need to lead self-determined lives. This series provides virtual (online) educational opportunities for children with developmental disabilities and […]

Instilling Disability Pride in Your Child

Online

For family/guardians:  Disability pride refers to a positive outlook that a child can develop over time about their own disability. Pride helps to develop self-esteem, self-worth, and an understanding of abilities. In this presentation, we will help you to empower your child to embrace their disability as part of their identity and see the gifts […]

Online Extension Extras Parenting Hour Together We Can: Co-Parenting

Online (or phone)

Parenting is a team effort. The adults in a child’s life need to consider their children’s needs as they parent together. Build upon your knowledge and skills to promote healthy family and parenting relationships. This workshop is for all parents (married, divorced, single, step, etc.) Extension Extras Parenting Hour is a free online series of […]

Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies

Online

For family/guardians:  When a child with a disability demonstrates behavior that impedes their learning or the learning of others, appropriate behavioral supports may be needed to ensure a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). Does your child have challenging behaviors at school? Come learn about services provided through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to teach and […]

Understanding Social Security Benefits (for parents/guardians)

Online

Parents and guardians often feel lost when it comes to navigating Social Security disability benefits for their loved one with a disability. This training will provide an overview of the two Social Security disability benefit programs – Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – which can provide financial support to individuals […]

Online Extension Extras Parenting Hour Essential Skills for Learning and Life

Online (or phone)

From birth children begin learning about the world around them. There are some essential skills that help set children up for success in learning and in life. Essential Skills for Learning and Life will help parents learn about social emotional intelligence, the critical skills children need to learn and how you can incorporate them into […]

Kinship Caregiver Classes (Free Webinar)

Online

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: Mindfulness for Children

Online (or phone)

Techniques of mindful awareness can help children learn to pay closer attention to their thoughts, feelings and emotions. Learn ways to help children reduce stress and anxiety to enhance their well being. Explore what the research says, get ideas for mindfulness activities and explore children’s literacy that supports mindfulness practices. Kinship Caregiver workshops are a […]

Mindfully Feeding Infants and Toddlers

Online

Food is so much more than just fuel. Mealtime routines not only build strong relationships with people, but also a healthy relationship to food. During this workshop, participants will explore research on parenting styles, mindfulness and temperament and learn how those factors can lead to responsive feeding of infants and toddlers. Presenters: Holly Tiret, tiret@msu.edu, Lisa […]

Online Extension Extras Parenting Hour Introduction to Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences

Online (or phone)

ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences)are traumatic events that occur in childhood and can have an impact throughout our lives. PCES (Positive Childhood Experiences) buffer the impact of ACES. Attendees of this workshop will learn about the landmark ACEs study, ACEs and health problems, and what steps can be taken to increase positive and protective factors to […]

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 […]

Preparing Your Child for Employment (LONG Before Employment!)

Online

For family/guardians:  Many parents worry about the employment future of their child with a disability. This training, led by staff who spent years removing barriers to employment, will focus on important independent living and pre-employment skills that you can help your child start building today in preparation for a successful and fulfilling work life in […]

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 […]

Online Extension Extras Parenting Hour How Children Develop

Online (or phone)

Knowing about child development gives parents and caregivers the skills to best nurture children and identify potential developmental delays. In this workshop, participants will explore active learning, child developmental domains, and characteristics of typical development birth-5. Extension Extras Parenting Hour is a free online series of parenting workshops that provides guidance for parents of young […]

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