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In case you missed it.....the November meeting of the Ingham Great Start Collaborative featured a Spotlight Presentation by Janet Welch, the Executive Director of the State Bar of Michigan. Janet shared information regarding legal issues and resources, along with the alignment of those issues and resources to the work of the Ingham GSC. Check it out at: inghamgreatstart.org/wp-content/uploads/minutes-agendas-newsletters/Spotlight_2017-11-15.pdf ...

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Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties Families Forward presents "Promoting Intergrated Healthcare: Working Toegether for Better Outcomes" They will be hosting a screening of the film Resilience on Thursday, November 30th at the Clark Conference Center; St. Lawrence Campus of Sparrow Hospital. There is no fee to attend, however it is requested that you register by contacting Kelley Clevenger at (517) 346-8014 or clevenge@ceicmh.org.

The content of the film is on both the impact of chronic stress and trauma, but also on building resilience as a protective factor and a component in treatment. Please see the attached flyer with more information, and share widely with families, friends and colleagues.
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FREE FUN FAMILY EVENTS!
The Learning Lab (TLL) at the St. Luke Lutheran Church, Lansing provides programs and opportunities for neighbors in our community to experience food and friendship through enrichment classes. There is no cost to attend. Please see the attached flyer for information about the November Classes. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Trevor Sutton; Associate Pastor at pastortsutton@KnowingJesus.org.
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ATTENTION CHILD CARE PROVIDERS! The Michigan Department of Education is conducting a survey about child care prices across the state, and needs your input! Please consider sharing your voice! ...

Child care providers, we need your input! The Child Development and Care (CDC) program helps many Michigan families pay for child care. The child care subsidy payment rates increased in July 2017 because providers like you completed a survey about child care rates. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is conducting another survey this November and needs input from licensed child care providers. The purpose of the survey is to understand child care prices across the state. Your information helps even if you do not currently accept child care subsidy payments. The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete. All licensed providers who finish the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of ten Visa gift cards. These are worth $100 each! In a few days, licensed providers will receive an e-mail from ChildCareRateSurvey2017@surveynetwork.com with instructions on how to take the survey online. If you have questions about the survey, the survey team can be reached at 1-800-665-8449 or ppa@publicpolicy.com. Thank you for participating and for all you do for children every day!

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Are you expecting a baby?
Do you have friends or family who are expecting a baby?

Researchers from the University of Michigan are studying infant eating behavior between mothers and babies the first year after the baby's birth. For this study, a research assistant would meet mother and baby at their home when baby is 2 weeks old. If mom completes this visit, she is eligible to participate in further follow-up visits. If she and her baby are eligible, she will receive up to $130.00 for participating. If mom decides to continue to participate in the study, she could earn up to an additional $715.00.

If you have additional questions, are interested in participating or know someone who is, please call the ABC Baby Study toll-free at (877) 647-1121 or e-mail abcbabystudy@umich.edu. See the attached flyer for more information.
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WOW - did you know that Thanksgiving is in just 40 days?! Once again this year, Christian Services of Greater Lansing is accepting applications for Thanksgiving food baskets. This is open to families in need in the Greater Lansing area. Applications will be accepted between October 10th – October 26th (or until donations have been filled). Call (517) 394-5411 Monday – Thursday between 9:15am – 4pm. Phone lines will be busy, so be persistent! Last year demand was very high and applications were cut off before the deadline, so apply early. Please share widely! ...

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GSC Meeting Calendar

Dates and times of Ingham Great Start Collaborative meetings and work groups.

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Ingham Play & Learn Groups

Play and Learn Groups provide activities for families to play alongside their children and explore many developmental domains. Check out the most recent Play and Learn Group Schedule Here

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