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…

Social Connections

Back in March we started our blog series on the Strengthening Family Framework and the Five Protective Factors.  If you missed it, you can read our blog on Parental Resilience here.   This month we’ll talking about Social Connections and why they are so important to your family. According to the Center for the Study of…

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…

The Veggie Mobile and Promedica Farms

ProMedica Farms and Veggie Mobile: The Veggie Mobile launched in 2013 by ProMedica Bixby Hospital and the Lenawee Health Network through grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture. Today, the mobile market is available to everyone Monday through Friday across 24 locations in Lenawee County, offering a variety of fresh and low cost…

Parental Resilience

‘Parental Resilience’ is one of the ‘Five Protective Factors’ from the Strengthening Families Framework.  First you may be asking, what is the Strengthening Families Framework?  “The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework is a national research-based initiative that aims to develop and enhance five specific characteristics (called protective factors) that help keep families strong and promotes…

Spring Time Change Sleep Tips

By: Kimberly Wagner-Dabbour/ I bet you’ve noticed that the daylight is coming back. Yay!  This also means that the spring time change, AKA, the beginning of daylight saving time is around the corner.  Sunday, March 10th at 2 a.m. to be exact.    Love it or hate it, we have schedules to keep and making sure…