Parent Coalition

  • Image for Parent Coalition Come discover just how influential you can be in your county. The Great Start Parent Coalition (GSPC) is a place where you can voice your opinions, learn new things and connect with other parents.

    The Parent Coalition is open to all parents in the Van Buren County. We work to help educate, inform and recruit parents in our community to become involved in making our county a great place for young families to live and grow.

    During our monthly meetings, parents share information and give input to improve early childhood. Ultimately, we're all working together to provide a GREAT START for all children.

    If you would like to receive family event information or Great Start Parent Coalition updates via e-mail or join the coalition, please complete this form (Link to contact info).
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    The Parent Coalition has meetings, events, field trips and parent training's offered throughout the year. 

    Lawrence - GREAT START Parent Coalition 

    Evening GSPC Lawrence Gatherings

    Tuesday, April 16th | 5:30-7:00pm
    VBISD Conference Center
    490 S. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence
    Topic: Open free play time with boxes and blocks.  Learn how
    play prepares your child for kindergarten beginning at birth.

    Tuesday, May 21st | 5:30-7:00pm
    Van Buren Technology Center(preschool room)
    250 South Street, Lawrence
    Topic:  Water Safety by Safe Kids

    Dinner and child care provided. 
    RSVP appreciated.



    South Haven - GREAT START Parent Coalition 

    South Haven Morning Meeting
    9:30 - 11:00 am
    HOPE Parent Resource Center,
    901 S. Bailey Ave., South Haven
    Snack and childcare provided.
     April 16th-Topic: Learn how play prepares your child for kindergarten beginning at birth
     May 21st-Topic: Water Safety by Safe Kids
      No meetings held in the summer.
    Friday, April 12, 2019
    Upcoming Family Events


      Farm History Day
      Hands on candle making, pressing fruit and using a 2-man saw!
      May 10, 2019 | 9:00am-2:00pm
      Michigan Flywheelers Museum, South Haven
      Register by calling 269-639-2010 or email:

      Challenge of the Children Conference
      May 16, 2019 | 8:00am-3:00pm
      Hope College, Holland
      Register online:
      Registration opens March 26, 2019.

    Resiliency Movie and Discussion
                        2 FREE Showings!
      Tuesday, April 30, 2019
      9:00-11:00am OR 6:00-8:00pm
      Van Buren ISD Conference Center
      490 S. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence

      Resiliency is a one-hour documentary that
      looks at the science of Toxic Stress and how to
      build resiliency in children and communities.

      Sponsored with:  VB Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Council

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