Great Start Oakland County Free Parenting Workshops

Great Start Oakland County and Oakland Schools provide free parenting workshops, free play days, and free parent and child workshops.
The free workshops are a wonderful resource and cover a variety of parent/child issues and topics. Workshops take place throughout Oakland County.

Upcoming Great Start Oakland County Free Parenting Workshops

Great Start Oakland County FREE Parent & Child Care Provider Workshops

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Great Start Oakland County Parent Coalition Meetings

This month’s topic – Bullying and Beyond
Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6p-8p
Location – Holly Elementary (801 E Maple St, Holly, MI 48442)
Free quality child care (6 weeks through 12 years of age) and dinner to the families that attend.
To register

Great Start Oakland County Help Me Grow Series

The Help Me Grow developmental activity groups are designed to support children’s early learning while focusing on a key area of development each week. Included are 90 minutes of hands-on activities including motor, language and social skills. Parent education topics and take home activities support children’s early learning and development. Each activity group series includes five weekly sessions.

These activity groups are for parents and care providers with children newborn to 3 years of age (47 months) and provide an opportunity to learn together.

Help Me Grow activity groups promote:

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Language and Communication Skills
  • Gross Motor Development
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Personal and Social Skills

Fridays, 10a-11:30a – September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6
Waypoint Church (8400 Dixie Highway, Clarkston, MI 48348)
To register

Tuesdays, 10:30a-noon – September 6, 20, 27, October 4, 11
Avondale Schools, Auburn Elementary ELC (2900 Waukegan Street, Auburn Hills, MI 48326)
To register

Thursdays, 1:30p-3p – September 8, 15, 22, 20, October 6
First Congregational Church of Rochester (1315 N Pine St, Rochester Hills, MI 48307)
To register

For information or assistance with registration, please contact – Jean Jocque 248.209.2519 or Registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Great Start Oakland County Positive Solutions for Families Series

This parent series will provide information to families, of children birth to 5 years, on how to promote children’s social and emotional skills, understand their challenging behavior and use positive approaches to help young children learn and grow.

Parents will receive a Positive Solutions for Families workbook with ideas and resources.

Free child care and dinner is available during these sessions.

You must pre-register for these groups. Register by calling Jean Jocque 248-209-2519.

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Great Start Oakland County Dads Group Events

Great Start Oakland Dads was established by a diverse group of Oakland County dads of children 0-12 years of age. This group is a way to enrich fathers and their children’s lives with socialization, community activity and support. The first hour, while your children are in care, group members get to know each other and discuss what it takes to be a dad. Presentations include Introducing the Five Protective Factors, Work-Life Balance, Activities to do with your children (indoors and out). Second hour group members will join up with their children and have three different stations to empower dads growing a solid relationship with your child.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 1p-3p
Dream Center Woodside Pontiac (830 Auburn Ave, Pontiac, MI 48342)
To register, please contact Jean Jocque at 248-209-2519 or Will need your name, email address, phone and your child(ren)’s name and age who will need child care.

Great Start Oakland County Early On Series

These Family Support workshops are being offered free of charge to parents and caregivers of children birth to three years. Sorry, childcare is not available. For more information or to register for a Family Support Workshop please contact Sue McIntyre at 248.209.2520 or email at

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Great Start Oakland County Funtastic Fitness Series

Concentrates on large motor skills, coordination, balance, resistance, flexibility and aerobic activity. For young children (ages 1-5 years) and their parents/caregivers. Come dressed to exercise, including sneakers! Don’t forget your water bottle too! This is a free event!

Children and their parents will:

  • Participate in a group activity, such as aerobic conditioning, stretching, yoga
  • Participate in activity stations such as obstacle courses, sports activities, etc
  • Learn about the importance of physical activity

None Scheduled

Great Start Oakland County Annual Parent Coalition Picnic 2016

Registration is now open for the FREE Annual Parent Coalition Picnic on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10a-12:30p at Waterford Oaks County Park. FREE picnic lunch, games, activities, entertainment, and prizes. For kids ages 8 and under. Bring your sunscreen, blankets, and lawn chairs for family fun! Oakland County Moms will be on hand passing out goodies for the kids. Stop by and say hi!
Must pre-register HERE!

Waterford Oaks – Paradise Peninsula Playground
1702 Scott Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328

Great Start Collaborative-Oakland  – a local non-profit organization whose vision is “A Great Start to ensure ALL children in Oakland County are safe, healthy, prepared, and eager to succeed in school and in life.

This page is intended to be used as a guide. Oakland County Moms does not endorse these events. Oakland County Moms is not responsible for changes to event descriptions, event times or details being altered without notice or cancellations.

For more info on Great Start Oakland County, visit Great Start Collaborative-Oakland

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