Great Start Collaborative awarded grant to support children’s literacy

A $ 22,500 grant received by the Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim counties will support new and ongoing initiatives which will bring literacy into the lives of area families with children.

According to Savanah Cool, Great Start Collaborative director, the grant was awarded to the collaborative from the Birth to Five Literacy Support Network Hub.

“This funding has allowed us to reach even more families with well-planned, fun, and enriching literacy activities for young children, while supporting parents and caregivers in being their child’s first teacher,” said Cool said.

The grant funding will support the following ongoing projects of the Great Start Collaborative:

Talking is Teaching – Diaper Time totes

A total of 350 totes have been assembled which include a Let’s Talk About Diaper Time poster, children’s book and mirror, Talking is Teaching prompts, reusable wipes container, wipes, Sleep Baby Safe and Snug safe sleep book, and information about child development milestones. The totes are distributed via Great Start Collaborative partners including pediatricians, WIC program, Early On, Early Head Start, Moms & Tots, Women’s Resource Center Playgroups, home and center-based child care providers, and at community events.

Talking is Teaching – Storytime totes

A total of 350 totes have been assembled and include a Let’s Talk About Letters poster, a children’s book, Let’s Talk About Books lap blanket, and information about child development and milestones. Distribution is similar to the Diaper Time totes outlined above in addition to partnering with community libraries.

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