Newsletter for October 2015

The Great Start Collaborative (GSC) of Ionia County is pleased to provide community members with information on early childhood topics that they can disseminate to parents of young children in their organization. The articles will feature a different topic each month that is written by someone who works in the county with young children. The article will appear in three different formats: a long article with in-depth information, a short paragraph with the major points highlighted and one to two sentences with a key message for parents to remember. You may select whatever format best suits your needs and use it in isolation or put it into a newsletter, church bulletin or use a paycheck insert. Parent members of the GSC have told us that having information and knowing what resources are available to them in their community is their greatest need. There has been a significant amount of research lately that has focused on the impact that communities have on the outcomes of its youngest citizens. According to the Carnegie Corporation (1994), “We can now say with more confidence that a family’s effectiveness as a child rearing system is bolstered by the existence of a supportive social network that includes people outside the immediate family. There is also increasing evidence that when people feel responsible for what happens in their neighborhoods, children benefit.” We hope that you will take the step and partner with us by providing parents in your networks accesses to this information.

Topic: Teach your little one to Break for Breakfast!

Newsletter full version: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The whole family should be encouraged to eat breakfast. Breakfast gives you energy, makes you feel better, keeps you from getting hungry later in the morning, and helps you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Read more: October 2015 Break for Breakfast! (Full)

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Newsletter for September 2015

The Great Start Collaborative (GSC) of Ionia County is pleased to provide community members with information on early childhood topics that they can disseminate to parents of young children in their organization. The articles will feature a different topic each month that is written by someone who works in the county with young children. The article will appear in three different formats: a long article with in-depth information, a short paragraph with the major points highlighted and one to two sentences with a key message for parents to remember. You may select whatever format best suits your needs and use it in isolation or put it into a newsletter, church bulletin or use a paycheck insert. Parent members of the GSC have told us that having information and knowing what resources are available to them in their community is their greatest need. There has been a significant amount of research lately that has focused on the impact that communities have on the outcomes of its youngest citizens. According to the Carnegie Corporation (1994), “We can now say with more confidence that a family’s effectiveness as a child rearing system is bolstered by the existence of a supportive social network that includes people outside the immediate family. There is also increasing evidence that when people feel responsible for what happens in their neighborhoods, children benefit.” We hope that you will take the step and partner with us by providing parents in your networks accesses to this information.

Topic: Kids and Lead Poisoning

Newsletter full version: Toddlers explore their world by putting things in their mouths. Therefore, young children who live in older buildings are at especially high risk of getting lead poisoning. Children can get lead poisoning by chewing on pieces of peeling paint or by swallowing house dust or soil that contains tiny chips of the leaded paint from these buildings. Read more: September 2015 Lead Poisoning (Full)

Newsletter short version: The most common cause of lead poisoning today is old paint with lead in it. Lead has not been used in house paint since 1978. However, many older houses and apartment buildings (especially those built before 1960) have lead-based paint on their walls. Read more: September 2015 Lead Poisoning (Short)

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Newsletter for August 2015

The Great Start Collaborative (GSC) of Ionia County is pleased to provide community members with information on early childhood topics that they can disseminate to parents of young children in their organization. The articles will feature a different topic each month that is written by someone who works in the county with young children. The article will appear in three different formats: a long article with in-depth information, a short paragraph with the major points highlighted and one to two sentences with a key message for parents to remember. You may select whatever format best suits your needs and use it in isolation or put it into a newsletter, church bulletin or use a paycheck insert. Parent members of the GSC have told us that having information and knowing what resources are available to them in their community is their greatest need. There has been a significant amount of research lately that has focused on the impact that communities have on the outcomes of its youngest citizens. According to the Carnegie Corporation (1994), “We can now say with more confidence that a family’s effectiveness as a child rearing system is bolstered by the existence of a supportive social network that includes people outside the immediate family. There is also increasing evidence that when people feel responsible for what happens in their neighborhoods, children benefit.” We hope that you will take the step and partner with us by providing parents in your networks accesses to this information.

Topic: To Preschool or Not to Preschool?

Newsletter full version: Some environments can actually be critical for a child’s growth and development. Preschool continues to prove its importance in brain building for toddlers. Children need to have literacy enriched environments, social opportunities, and peer interaction before they walk thought the doors of their first day of kindergarten. Read more: August 2015 Newsletter Full

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Newsletter for July 2015

The Great Start Collaborative (GSC) of Ionia County is pleased to provide community members with information on early childhood topics that they can disseminate to parents of young children in their organization. The articles will feature a different topic each month that is written by someone who works in the county with young children. The article will appear in three different formats: a long article with in-depth information, a short paragraph with the major points highlighted and one to two sentences with a key message for parents to remember. You may select whatever format best suits your needs and use it in isolation or put it into a newsletter, church bulletin or use a paycheck insert. Parent members of the GSC have told us that having information and knowing what resources are available to them in their community is their greatest need. There has been a significant amount of research lately that has focused on the impact that communities have on the outcomes of its youngest citizens. According to the Carnegie Corporation (1994), “We can now say with more confidence that a family’s effectiveness as a child rearing system is bolstered by the existence of a supportive social network that includes people outside the immediate family. There is also increasing evidence that when people feel responsible for what happens in their neighborhoods, children benefit.” We hope that you will take the step and partner with us by providing parents in your networks accesses to this information.

Topic: Water Safety

Newsletter full version: Every year thousands of Americans are injured or killed in boating and swimming accidents. You can protect yourself and your family from such accidents by following these guidelines… Read more: Water Safety (Full)

Newsletter short version: Teach your older children that they risk drowning when they overestimate their swimming ability or underestimate water depth. Read more: Water Safety (Short)

Newsletter paycheck version: Never leave a young child alone in a bathtub, wading pool, swimming pool, lake or river. If you must answer the phone or get a towel, take the child with you. Every year thousands of children are injured or killed in tubs, pools, and lakes. Don’t let this happen to anyone you know! Read more: Water Safety (Paycheck Insert)

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Newsletter for June 2015

The Great Start Collaborative (GSC) of Ionia County is pleased to provide community members with information on early childhood topics that they can disseminate to parents of young children in their organization. The articles will feature a different topic each month that is written by someone who works in the county with young children. The article will appear in three different formats: a long article with in-depth information, a short paragraph with the major points highlighted and one to two sentences with a key message for parents to remember. You may select whatever format best suits your needs and use it in isolation or put it into a newsletter, church bulletin or use a paycheck insert. Parent members of the GSC have told us that having information and knowing what resources are available to them in their community is their greatest need. There has been a significant amount of research lately that has focused on the impact that communities have on the outcomes of its youngest citizens. According to the Carnegie Corporation (1994), “We can now say with more confidence that a family’s effectiveness as a child rearing system is bolstered by the existence of a supportive social network that includes people outside the immediate family. There is also increasing evidence that when people feel responsible for what happens in their neighborhoods, children benefit.” We hope that you will take the step and partner with us by providing parents in your networks accesses to this information.

Topic: Thrive by Five: Teaching Your Preschooler About Spending & Saving

Newsletter paycheck version: As a parent, you won’t be the only influence on the “what’s, when’s and how’s” your child learns about using money. But as you teach basic lessons about money, you increase the chance that your child’s values will be similar to yours. Read more: June 2015 Preschoolers Money Paycheck

Newsletter full version: Children witness and establish their attitudes about money and its uses day-by-day. Some of these beliefs will help them as adult consumers and some will not. For example, they might get the message that saving is important or they might learn that spending should fulfill all their needs. Read more: June 2015 Preschoolers Money Full

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