REED CITY — The Mecosta-Osceola Great Start Collaborative is ready to get young children and their families “moving and learning” at an August event funded by a special grant.

From 3 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the south pavilion in Reed City’s Westerburg Park, children’s entertainer Kevin Kammeraad will perform a series of songs, puppet skits and book readings that encourage audience participation and physical activity. Parents of young children and early childhood professionals are invited to bring a blanket to sit on and join the fun.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a grant from the Central Michigan District Health Department’s “community transformation-small communities” fund to make the “moving and learning” event possible. The grant supports access to daily physical activity, starting in the preschool years.

The Great Start Collaborative, run through the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District, works to coordinate a system of community resources for local families to give their children a “great start” from birth to age 5.

GSC partners are working closely with Osceola County’s Great Start Readiness Program and NEMCSA Head Start to develop a physical activities policy and education initiatives that will educate preschool staff, parents and children on the importance of being physically active beyond the school day.

For more information, visit or the “GreatStart Mecosta Osceola” Facebook page.