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February 2024

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LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE!

Let’s talk, read and sing about LOVE! At bedtime, snuggle with your little one and sing some lullabies. These loving moments of bonding also help your child expand their vocabulary, build language skills, and stimulate their brain development. 


For more ideas on how to talk, read, and sing together about LOVE: TALKING IS TEACHING

Books are a wonderful way to start a discussion on a specific subject with your little one, like LOVE. Talking is Teaching has a great list of recommended books, but also visit your local library and ask your librarian for ideas. 

View and print: BOOK & VIDEO RECOMMENDATIONS

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Kindergarten Readiness Goal:


  • Pedal a tricycle 
  • Engages with familiar adults as resources, to share ideas, and interests
  • Tells stories about places and past events in a logical order that includes major details  
  • Counts groups of 6-10 objects and labels which groups have less, more, or the same number of objects  
  • Explores the visual arts

HEALTHY FOOD

Cooking Matters Recipe:

STOVE TOP MACARONI AND CHEESE

45 Minutes 16 Servings


Making a special meal for someone you care about is a great way to show your love for them. Have your child help prepare dinner for the family and as you cook together, talk about the ingredients you are using. Point out the measurements as you add things to the pot. “We are pouring in one cup of macaroni, cover with water, a pinch of salt, and a whole lot of love!”


Ingredients:

1 small head broccoli

5 ounces cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

1 (16-ounce) package whole wheat macaroni

1½ cups nonfat milk

1½ Tablespoons unsalted butter

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

4 Tablespoons light cream cheese

Instructions:

  1. Rinse and chop broccoli.
  2. Grate cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, add broccoli and just enough water to cover half way. Heat in microwave until bright green and tender, about 6–8 minutes.
  4. Cook pasta following package directions. Drain in a colander and set aside. While pasta is cooking, make cheese sauce.
  5. In a small pot over medium heat, heat milk. When hot, remove from heat. Cover to keep warm.
  6. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour. Whisk with a fork, stirring constantly.
  7. Slowly add the warm milk. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula, until sauce thickens. Sauce should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  8. Stir in salt and black pepper. Add cream cheese, grated cheese, and broccoli. Stir until grated cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
  9. Add macaroni to cheese sauce. Stir to coat.


View the Recipe: STOVE TOP MACARONI AND CHEESE

YOUTH FOOD PROGRAMS

Learn more: YOUTH FOOD PROGRAM

AT HOME STEAM ACTIVITIES

6 EASY DIY VALENTINE'S DAY ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

PBS Kids Parents


Valentine’s Day is a great day for letting your family and friends know just how much you love them. Here are some fun activities for celebrating Valentine’s Day at home.


Learn more: VALENTINES DAY ACTIVITIES

LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE SCAVENGER HUNT

Talking is Teaching


Learn more: SCAVENGER HUNT

SCREEN TIME

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

It is that time of year! Keep an eye out for kindergarten registration at your home school.

PEER 260 RECOVERY

Peer 360 Recovery Alliance exists to serve the diverse recovery communities, their family, friends and allies offering a unified voice and a shared recovery vision. We are building bridges across the gaps between professional treatment services and successful lives in long-term recovery so that no more are lost to addiction.


What is peer support?

  • Peer support is an informal gathering of others in recovery; it is a chance to share your experience and strength in recovery with others. It is also a chance to talk about your struggles and get support.

Learn more: PEER 360 RECOVERY

CHILD CARE PROVIDER RESOURCES


Michigan Tri-Share


The MI Tri-Share Child Care Program (Tri-Share) is an innovative approach to increasing access to high quality, affordable child care for working families, with the cost of child care shared by an employer, the employee and the State of Michigan. The pilot also seeks to increase the labor market by allowing employers to offer a child care subsidy to help retain and attract talent.


Learn More: MICHIGAN TRI-SHARE

Child Care Workforce Support Stipends


The Bay Area Community Foundation is funding a onboarding stipend for child care providers hired on or after 9/14/21 (scholarship to support the provider's costs to hire new staff)


Learn More: CHILD CARE WORKFORCE SUPPORT STIPENDS


Caring for MI Future


This is a statewide effort to help child care entrepreneurs open 1,000 new or expanded child care programs by the end of 2024. This initiative, led by the Michigan Departments of Education and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (MDE & LARA) is focusing on what entrepreneurs need most to open and expand child care businesses—help finding and renovating space, startup funding, help recruiting staff, and support creating a business plan.


Learn More: CARING FOR MI FUTURE

PARENT SUPPORT & CLASSES

BAY ARENAC GREAT START

MSU EXTENSION

FREE Online Parenting Classes


Extension Extras Parenting Hour

Tuesdays at 8 - 9:30 PM

February 6 - The Birds and the Bees - Talking with Kids about Sex

February 13 - Purpose of Play

February 20  - Setting the Stage - Promoting Social Emotional Health in Young Children

February 27  - Together We Can - Co-parenting


Mindfully Feeding Infants and Toddlers Wednesday Lunch and Learn

February 7 at 12 PM


Online Kinship Caregiver Workshops

February 14 at 7:00PM - 8:30PM - Reducing Challenging Behaviors in Toddlers


Guiding Principles for Highly Successful Parenting Webinar Series - February - March 2024

Fridays, February 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15

Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm


The Parent Talk System Webinar Series - February - April 2024

Thursdays, 11:30am - 1:00pm


Building Strong Adolescents Webinar Series

Thursdays, February 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2024

Time: 7:00- 9:00 p.m. 


Learn More & Register: MSU EXTENSION PARENT CLASSES

NEMSCA - ARENAC COUNTY


Rental Counseling


Financial Literacy Class


Homebuyer Education


Call 989-358-4653 or email gagnona@nemcsca.org for dates.


Learn More: NEMSCA

MCLAREN BAY REGION - BAY COUNTY


Visit the website to learn more about these upcoming classes:


  • Virtual Breastfeeding Class – Free of Charge
  • Virtual Childbirth Crash Course – Free of Charge
  • Breastfeeding Class : Health Pavilion


Learn More & Register: MCLAREN BAY REGION

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Visit Great Lakes Bay Parents' KIDS DAILY CALENDAR for a full listing of story times, family/ kid events, and new places to discover in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

STEM Passport - Calendar


You and your child can explore STEM Passport locations and events in the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) by accessing our STEM calendar. The GLBR is home to a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) destinations and programs. Afterschool programs help children learn, grow, discover who they are and what they love to do, and ultimately realize their full potential. They enhance a child’s foundational skills, like communication, teamwork, and problem solving, and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Research shows that this added participation in afterschool programs sparks interest in school so students attend school more often, get better grades, and are more likely to graduate.


Learn more: STEM PASSPORT

PLAYGROUP

PLAYGROUP - BAY COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM

Register: STORYTIME

FREE EVENTS

February 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 - Great Lakes Bay Mom Cafe & Playgroup

WHERE: Bay City Town Center, Bay City


DATE: Thursdays at 10 AM




Learn More: Email Amy at trogana@baisd.net

February 2 - Yoga Storytime (age 2-5)

WHERE: Alice & Jack Wirt Library, Bay City


DATE: February 2 at 10:30 PM


Join us at the library in Kantzler Community Room for a WINTER themed yoga storytime with your little. We will introduce both mindfulness and movement during our time together. Please bring a mat/towel and dress comfortably.


Registration is required.


Register: YOGA STORYTIME

February 2 & 3 - Take Your Child to the Library Day (ages 5-12)

Pinconning Branch Library

Friday, February 2, 2024

3:30pm – 4:30pm - REGISTER


Alice & Jack Wirt Library

Saturday, February 3, 2024

10:00am – 4:00pm - REGISTER


Auburn Branch Library

Saturday, February 3, 2024

2:30pm – 3:30pm - REGISTER


February 3 - Wood Work Shop

WHERE: Home Depot, Bay City


DATE: February 3 at 9 AM - 12 PM


Join us the first Saturday of each month between 9 am – 12 pm for free in-person Kids Workshops.


Learn More: WOOD WORKSHOP

February 3 - Pups & Pages (age 4-12)

WHERE: Auburn Branch Library, Auburn


DATE: February 3 at 11 AM


Read to a therapy dog or dog in training in a one-on-one session. You will be called to schedule your session the week of the program. Children ages 4-12 are invited to attend.


Register: PUPS & PAGES

February 5 - Storytime At Populace

WHERE: Populace Coffee, Bay City


DATE: February 5 at 9 AM


Families with young children. Bring the littles downtown to story time with the Wirt Library! Enjoy your favorite coffee house drink and treat at Populace Coffee while we talk, read, sing and play together!


No registration needed.


Learn More: STORYTIME AT POPULACE

February 5 - Busy Book Cafe (age 0-3)

WHERE: Sage Branch Library, Bay City


DATE: February 5 at 11 AM


For children ages 0-3 years old + Adult.


We begin at 11 am. Craft supplies and directions will be available for parents to build a page for a baby busy book. Toys will be out for children to play while adults craft and visit.


Registration is required. Call 989-892-8555 opt 4 if you need assistance with registration. We look forward to seeing you!


Register: BUSY BOOK CAFE

February 6 - Story & Activity (age 3-12) 

WHERE: Sage Branch Library, Bay City


DATE: February 6 at 1:30 PM


Children ages 3-12 are invited to join us at Sage Branch Library for Story and Activity on Tuesday, February 6 at 1:30 pm. Make personalized cork boards. We look forward to seeing you!


Register: STORY & ACTIVITY

February 7 & 21 - Great Start Family Network

WHERE: Standish Community Center, Standish


DATE: First & Third Wednesday 1 at 4:30 PM


Learn More: Email Amy at trogana@baisd.net

February 7, 22, 23 & 27 - Healthy Teeth Storytime (age 0-8)

Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

6:30pm – 7:00pm - REGISTER


Pinconning Branch Library

Thursday, February 22, 2024

6:00pm – 7:00pm - REGISTER


Sage Branch Library

Friday, February 23, 2024

10:30am – 11:30am - REGISTER


Auburn Branch Library

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

4:30pm – 5:30pm - REGISTER


February 9 & 23 - Playdate (ages 0-4)

WHERE: Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library, Bay City


DATE: February 9 & 23 at 10 AM


Little ones can play, discover & meet new friends. Ages 4 & under. Participating caregiver required. No registration required.


Drop in for fun play time at Wirt Library Children’s Room.


Learn More: PLAYDATE

February 9 - Baby Playground 

WHERE: Auburn Branch Library, Auburn


DATE: February 9 at 10:30 AM


Join us for sensory play and fun for babies! Ages 0-2 + Adult are invited to attend.


Register: BABY PLAYGROUND

February 9 - DIY YETI PILLOW (ages 5-12)

WHERE: Pinconning Branch Library, Pinconning


DATE: February 9 at 3:30 PM


Make your own Yeti friend with this tie pillow craft!


Learn More: DIY YETI PILLOW

February 12, 16 & 19 - No School Days at the Museum

WHERE: The Historical Museum of Bay County, Bay City


DATE: February 12, 16 & 19 at 10 AM - 4 PM


Learn More: NO SCHOOL DAY

February 13 - Bake (Age 2-5)

WHERE: Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library, Bay City


DATE: February 13 at 10:30 AM


Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Join us at the library for a cooking program with your little person utilizing our mobile kitchen. We will be making chocolate valentine treats to share.


Registration is required.


Learn More & RSVP: BAKE

February 13 - Valentine Lab (ages 3-12)

WHERE: Pinconning Branch Library, Pinconning


DATE: February 13 at 3:30 PM


Stop by to create your own valentines to give to those special to you!


Learn More: VALENTINE LAB

February 16 - A is for Art (ages 2-5)

WHERE: Auburn Branch Library, Auburn


DATE: February 16 at 10:30 AM


Fizzy Art


Science and art combine to create a special reaction using watercolor paint.


Register: A IS FOR ART

February 16 - Nature Explorers

WHERE: Bay City State Parks, Bay City


DATE: February 16 at 1:30 PM


Learn More: Email Amy at trogana@baisd.net

February 17 - All Aboard! Train Express (Age 3-6)

WHERE: Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library, Bay City


DATE: February 17 at 10 AM


Ages 3-6. Create a cardboard train engine sized just for you, view Thomas & Friends All Engines Go on the big screen, and bring home your very own train whistle.


Registration is required.


Register: ALL ABOARD TRAIN EXPRESS

February 17 - Family Winter Fun Fest

WHERE: Bay City Town Center, Bay City


DATE: February 17 at 11 AM - 3 PM


Learn More: WINTER FUN FEST

February 17 - Pups & Pages (age 4 – 12)

WHERE: Pinconning Branch Library, Bay City


DATE: February 17 at 2 PM


Join us at the Pinconning library for Pups & Pages for ages 4-12! Read to a a certified therapy dog beginning at 2:00 pm. Bring a book from home or come a few minutes early to look at books as readers are assigned to a dog as they arrive and check in at the Pinconning Public Service Desk. We look forward to seeing you!


Learn More & RSVP: PUPS & PAGES

February 21 - Pups & Pages (age 4-12)

WHERE: Sage Branch Library, Bay City


DATE: February 21 at 5:30 PM


Read to a a certified therapy dog beginning at 5:30 pm. Bring a book from home or come a few minutes early to look at books as readers are assigned to a dog as they arrive and check in at the Sage children’s desk. Registration is required. Call 989-892-8555 ext 4 if you need assistance with registration. We look forward to seeing you!


Learn More & RSVP: PUPS & PAGES

February 24 - Saturday Cinema: Elemental (ages 0-12)

WHERE: Auburn Branch Library, Auburn


DATE: February 24 at 1 PM


Enjoy a movie and a snack! This month we’ll be watching Disney’s Elemental (PG). Families with children are invited to attend.


Register: SATURDAY CINEMA

February 25 - Sunday Movie "The Super Mario Bros”

WHERE: State Theatre, Bay City


DATE: February 25 at 2 PM


A Brooklyn plumber named Mario travels through the Mushroom Kingdom with a princess named Peach and an anthropomorphic mushroom named Toad to find Mario’s brother, Luigi, and to save the world from a ruthless fire-breathing Koopa named Bowser.


FREE WITH FOOD OR CASH DONATION


Register: SUNDAY MOVIE

Visit Great Lakes Bay Parents' KIDS DAILY CALENDAR for a full listing of story times, family/ kid events, and new places to discover in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

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