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Spend your summer with Lenawee Great Start!

By: Sarah Meikle/ Summer is here and that means for some of you school is already out or will be soon! You may be looking for fun things to do, to keep your family busy. No worries,  we have a lot of fun things planned to help keep them entertained! First we’ll start out with our Celebrating Dads…

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Purpose of playing with play dough

By/ Carrie Shrier Beyond just being fun, play dough supports early childhood skill development in several ways. Play dough has long been a staple of early childhood fun. Whether it’s store bought or homemade, play dough can keep children occupied for a long time, using their imaginations to create all sorts of doughy fun. Beyond…

Diaper Drive Fact Sheet 2017

Why do a Diaper Drive?

By: Sarah Meikle/ Last year’s diaper drive our community came together and donated over 13,000 diapers as well as over $900 in monetary donations. The monetary donations allowed us to purchase more diapers throughout the year. This year we have set a goal of 15,000 diapers and we are looking for the help from our…

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When we’re children we daydream…

By: Megan Fortman/ When we’re children we daydream about what we’re going to be like when we are adults. We just can’t wait to grow up. “It’s going to be so great”, we tell ourselves. No rules, no bed times, and no boundaries. The picture we paint in our mind is flawless. The possibilities are…

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“Safety First”

“Safety First” By: Alexis Eggenberger/   You teach your children the concepts of fire safety, safe street crossing, and “Stranger Danger”. You’re assured that since she is learning this at school and at home, she must understand these important things. You don’t think it could happen to you. But, in fact, it happens every day.…

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The best dad we could ask for!

By: Melissa Archer/ I get plenty of credit for how well Jazz is doing given her rocky, slow start; So much so that sometimes I forget she didn’t get where she is without two parents. Honestly, being the mama, I swear the majority of the struggles get figured out by this woman’s sheer pit-bull mode…

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March is Reading Month and Women’s History Month!

By: Cathy Chesher/ March is reading month AND it’s Women’s History Month. Why not combine the two by reading about amazing women and girls. Here are some picture book titles to get you started. All titles are appropriate for early elementary with some titles as noted especially good for preschool age. All are available at…

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Over Coming the “Mom Guilt”

By: Sarah Meikle/   Mom guilt.  Most moms have experienced “mom guilt” at some point in their mommy careers. If you are not familiar with what I’m talking about, allow me to explain. Mom quilt is when a mom feels guilty about taking time for herself without her children. We think about all the things…

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Part two: Jazz finding her voice!

By: Melissa Archer/ Finding “Her” Voice I find myself often searching for the answers to Jasmynn’s autism puzzle piece regarding language. For a girl who didn’t truly speak until about age 4 ½ and then one day clandestinely arranging the magnet ABC’s on the washer door and saying her alphabet she certainly has a unique…

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Celebrating Lenawee’s Children

By: Vanessa Armstrong/ I started working at Lenawee Great Start back in December 2015 and our first big event was the Preschool Fair that we hosted at the Adrian Mall.  I’d never been to this event myself, but I was really excited when I heard about it!  What a great way for parents to get…