The Oakland Connection November 2021
Monthly early childhood newsletter from the Great Start Collaborative.
In This Issue:

How Developmental Screening
Supports My Parenting

By Michelle DeWald 
As a parent of toddlers, a one and two-year-old, I often think about my children's development and wonder if they are meeting their milestones. Completing an Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ), a free developmental screening, removes any concerns. Every few months, I complete an ASQ for each of my children to determine their strengths and identify areas in which they may need more exposure or support. The great part about completing an ASQ is the follow-up made by a Care Coordinator who can provide information about any community resources and activities to help our children as they develop and grow.

What is a Developmental Screening?
A developmental screening highlights your child's strengths and can also identify any potential concerns. 

What is the ASQ?
The ASQ-3 is a developmental screening that measures developmental skills within five domains: fine motor, gross motor, personal-social, problem-solving, and communication. The ASQ is strength-based and observation-driven and relies on the information from the most important person to the child, you! You can also complete an ASQ: SE2, which is designed to screen social-emotional behaviors, including the areas of self-regulation, social communication, adaptive functioning, affect, autonomy, compliance, and interaction with others.

It's easy and quick!
The screening only takes about 10-15 minutes, can be completed online, and is available for children 1 month to 5 ½ years old.

It works!
Pediatricians, schools, and parents trust and use the ASQ-3 and ASQ: SE2 to identify potential developmental delays early! Early intervention can help support you and your child now and into the future.

November through December 2021, Help Me Grow Oakland will send your child a free wrapped book if you complete an ASQ! Stop wondering about your child's development from this parent to another, and take the ASQ online today!

If you have older children, you can keep checking on their development. Click here for school-aged children, and here for adolescents


When your child points, she is telling you what is important.  When you point you bring attention to the meaning of words and ideas. Point to what catches her eye, interesting things around you, or pictures and words in a book. Pointing is a powerful communication tool!


Family & Parent Events

Join Detroit Public TV for “Be My Neighbor Day” on Saturday, November 13th at 9:00 am or 11:30 am at the Riley Broadcast Center. This socially distanced outdoor event will feature free resources for families, activities and a dance party with Daniel Tiger. As we enter the season of gratitude, we ask you to help your neighbors by bringing a pair of mittens to donate. All attendees will receive a tote bag of PBS KIDS and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood resources.

*Daniel Tiger will be appearing on stage. Due to COVID restrictions, Daniel Tiger will not be available for photos with children.

Every person regardless of age must be registered to enter the Be My Neighbor event.

Register Here
"Around The Neighborhood" Playdates
Every Monday at 10 am we meet virtually for 30 minutes to play and get to know our neighbors!
This event is designed for children from birth to 5yo and their grownups to participate together and have fun!
Check our Calendar and Sign Up!

Parenting Workshop

November 17th, at 1 pm on Zoom:

Your Voice Has Impact.

Your parent voice is needed! The Great Start Collaborative launched the Parent Survey (a conversation of 15-20 minutes) to listen to your experiences with family services in Oakland and your ideas on how to improve them. If you parent a child from birth to 8 years old, you can choose to be interviewed by phone or Zoom. To thank you for your time, we will mail you a children’s book!
Want to participate? Click here!

Support is one call or text away!

Let us help you find what you need when you are expecting or parenting.

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Positive Ideas 💡

This is our space to share positive and inspiring ideas. This month we explore the benefits of gratitude. Research shows that gratitude is good for the body, mind, and emotions. Just a few moments to reflect on what we are grateful for can change our whole day. BONUS: Make it a family activity: How to Teach Children Gratitude. and for the littlest ones: Nurturing Gratitude, with children's book titles!
A Chuckle for the Road
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