How to volunteer to help a child - click here.
Statewide Resources -
for Independent Living - Map of U.S. leads to a listing of Centers for
Independent Living by state.
Job Opportunities -
Find K-12 Info -
Introduction to The Children with Special Needs Fund -
Click on the logo to learn about
Michigan's R.E.A.D.Y. (Read, Educate, and Develop Youth) Program.
The Early Hearing Detection and
Intervention program EHDI has assessment sites all over the state of
Click here (PDF) to find your local site.
Crisis Prevention Institute
- click here.
Reading & Literacy Help for Children - click here.
Find the Family Literacy Program in
your County -
Find more Michigan information -
Homework Help & Resources -
Reading & Literacy Help for Adults - click here.
Find your local WIC office for information on nutrition and health support for women, infants, and children - click here.
Local Public Health
Office of Special Education & Early Intervention Services (OSE-EIS)
Advocacy Organizations for Children with Disabilities - click here.
Find a support group to meet your specific needs - click here.
For the substance abuse
treatment facility nearest you,
For the mental health treatment center nearest you, click here.
& Families works to reduce the number of uninsured children and adults
who are eligible for public health care coverage programs but not
enrolled. To find low-cost and free health care for children call
Are You Eligible?
State Benefit Programs
Federal Benefit Programs
Parents as Teachers
(PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family
support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child
Find a mentor for
For more information about Project
Great Start, contact your Intermediate School District (ISD). See the
listings below for your local ISD or 888 Be A Hero contact or visit http://www.migreatparents.org for more resources.
Local Early On Coordinator
Early On is a program for children birth to age 3 who have a disability or developmental delay, or a health condition that might lead to a developmental delay.
Local ISD, RESD, or RESA
Intermediate School District (ISD),
Regional Educational Service District (RESD) or Regional Educational
Service Agency (RESA) - What is an ISD?
Local Project Find Coordinator
Project Find is the "child find"
program of Michigan's special education system and helps children with
disabilities from birth to age 26 get the services and help they need.
to learn more.
your local Head Start
- Head Start is a national program which provides comprehensive
developmental services for America's low-income, pre-school children (ages
three to five) and social services for their families. Specific services
for children focus on education, socio-emotional development, physical and
mental health, and nutrition.
Childcare in Your Community
Association For Child Development:
Michigan Association for Child Care Providers:
Michigan Community Coordinated Child Care Network (4C):
Local United Way Programs -
United Way funds programs and agencies that support
families, children and communities. Find help available in your community
through United Way.
Zero to Five Advocacy Network (ZFAN) Contact List - click here.
Things to do and places to see with a child
Michigan Creative After-School
Experiences (MiCASE) -
a listing by community of arts agencies, museums, zoos, science
centers, orchestras, libraries, nature centers and theaters that offer
after-school programming for kids.
Things to do and
places to see in Michigan: Choose your location to search for attractions,
events and more - click
Places to visit with kids in Michigan -
Michigan Zoos and Planetariums by city with links -
Find cultural events
put on by Michigan humanities and arts organizations,
New Art Studio Celebrating Artistic
Diversity in Grand Rapids: Local artist Shannon Harris has started a
new art program/venue in downtown Grand Rapids. "Hearts for the Arts" is
an open art studio that welcomes all people, regardless of their age or
experience level. Located at 820 Monroe, this program is unique because
of its daily hours and bi-monthly student exhibitions. Hearts for the
Arts is also special because of its focus on artists with disabilities.
Drawing upon years of experience working with handicapped adults and
children, Shannon brings a specialized skill in teaching those that
might face physical and/or mental challenges. Shannon teaches artists to
find and push their individual talents, allowing them to use art not
only as a creative and recreational outlet, but also as a source of
income. However, participation in Hearts for the Arts is not limited
only to those with disabilities. All aspiring artists, regardless of
their age, background or experience level are invited to take part.
Hearts for the Arts is a venue for all people to learn, have fun, and
celebrate the diversity of Grand Rapids artists. Please visit
more information, or contact Shannon Harris at (616) 450-1922.
County In The News
Grand Rapids' Black Baby Death Rate Among Highest in Michigan - The
city's black babies are dying at a rate that is the highest of Michigan's
big cities, and three times the rate of the city's white infants. "Grand
Rapids has one of the highest infant mortality rates in Michigan, more
than Detroit," said Caroline Pyle, executive director the African American
Resources specific to this county
Even Start - Even Start programs help parents improve their reading
skills and learn to help their children read and succeed in school.
and Family Resource Council, established in 1985 as the Kent County
Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, is a private
non-profit organization catering to the needs of families and children in
the Kent County area. Contact Information:
Child and Family Resource Council
118 Commerce Ave SW, Suite 220
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Michigan Disability Resources Database (MDRD) - Find local information on disabilities, education, support groups, organizations, transportation, emergency services, etc., by zip code, address, disability, service, or county.
Michigan Assistance and Referral Service (MARS) - This system allows you to find programs offered by the State of Michigan that help families in need with their medical, nutritional, food, day care or other expenses.
Michigan Family Resources, Inc.
Services: head start, preschool, early head start
2626 Walker Ave, NW
Walker, Michigan 49544
Phone: 616.453.4145 or 1.800.472.6994