What is WIC

Community Action Agency is the WIC provider in Lenawee County and is located on 400 W. South St in Adrian Michigan.   What is WIC? The Special  (WIC) is a federal program that provides funding to states for supplemental foods, nutrition education, and health care referrals for low-income women who are either pregnant, breastfeeding, or…

Bedtime Routines

By: Sarah Meikle/ Children, especially young children, thrive on routine and love predictability (think of all those stories you’ve re-read and songs you play over and over)! Understanding this can help solve one of our most common parenting issues:  BEDTIME MELTDOWNS!! Bedtime meltdowns can put the best of us to the test, and really ruin…

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

If you are not aware April is Child Abuse Awareness month. This month we reflect on an epidemic that has not only plagued our nation, our state, but also our county, and city. The Lenawee County Child Advocacy Center located in Adrian Michigan works to prevent and treat abuse of children. In 2020 the Lenawee…

Fathering in 15

By: Sarah Meikle/ Lenawee Great Start is excited to announce that we are now offering a FREE parenting program just for dads, called “Fathering in 15”.  We chose this program because it is evidence-based and the ease of access allows dads to complete it around their busy schedules. “Fathering in 15” contains 15 topics. Dads…

The True Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas By:Sarah Meikle/   The other day my husband and I decided to ask our kids what they remembered getting for Christmas last year. Do you know what they said? They couldn’t remember one thing. This indeed surprised us as we knew that they had received a couple of big toys…

Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic   By: Jessica Dym Bartlett and Rebecca Vivrette/   Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated social and economic stressors can undermine children’s development and well-being. Not only must they cope with major changes to everyday life, such as physical distancing and home confinement, but their…

“If you expect it, you need to teach it.”

By: Allison Roderick/ At a recent presentation, the guest speaker made the statement, “if you expect it, you need to teach it”.  Although this was directed at early childhood educators about expectations in their classrooms; I couldn’t help but think of the importance of that in our own homes.  From the time our children are…

The Lenawee County Child Advocacy Center

By/ Amanda Davis Scott/   The Lenawee County Child Advocacy Center (LCCAC) provides services for children who have been sexually and/or severely physically abused. It is said, “Child sexual abuse is likely the most prevalent health problem with the most serious array of consequences that children face.”1  The essence of the LCCAC is a single…

Turning 18 in 2 weeks; so what?

Turning 18 in 2 weeks; so what? By: Melissa Archer/ For my other 4 girls, all typical kids, turning 18 meant so many things: beginning of adulthood, freedom from parents, four years of college fun, joining the work force, MOVING away from home! Yet for Jazz, it means mom and dad sit before a judge…

What is Active Parenting?

By: Sarah Meikle/ With Parenting comes challenges, and it’s one of the hardest jobs you’ll ever have!  We live in an ever changing world with technology adding issues that we never had to face when we were kids. We have worries about drugs, bullies and negative influences that our children are having to deal with on a…