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

Anti-Aging Tip: Learn!

What would you like to pick up these days? Gaining knowledge and engaging in new activities are like workouts for the brain. Active learning does not only keep us young but is also a wonderful way of modeling a life-long love of learning to our children.

If you want to work on your math, reading, or computer skills, or improve your level of English, the Oakland Literacy Center offers free one-on-one virtual tutoring for adults. 

Also, our friends at MSU Extension Early Childhood Development offer many resources for parents and caregivers of children from birth to teen years: articles, classes, events, and publications, like "How do you respond when your preschooler tells tales?" 

🍂 Season bonus! Check the fun fall events, like wagon rides and storytimes at the Tollgate Farm and Education Center in Novi. 

Don't forget to check the Great Start Collaborative Oakland website! You can find short and very useful Parenting Tips that can help you have a parent win today. 🏆


Your child learns to talk by hearing your words. Describe what you are doing, seeing or thinking about, especially to your baby. Wait, to give him time to say something back. Then, respond to his sounds and words. Back and forth conversation is key!

Family & Parent Events

"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!

More of this, less of that.

What do you want more of in your community? What impacts families? Your parent voice is needed! We are launching 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.
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.

 Ask about FREE preschool! 
Or connect through LiveChat

Positive Ideas 💡

This is our space to share positive and inspiring ideas. This month we bring a soundtrack for those bedtime stories. 📚🎵  Reading and listening to calm music help children (and us!) wind down, relax, and get ready for sleep.💤 For more options, here are 10 relaxing pieces of classical music for children.
A Chuckle for the Road
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