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.
Things to do and places to see with a child
Paint Creek Center for the
407 Pine St.
Rochester, MI 48307
The mission of Paint Creek Center for the Arts is to enhance life in
the region by promoting, encouraging and creating opportunities to
participate in and appreciate the arts.
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 -
Paint a Miracle is a nonprofit art
studio that offers people with disabilities and other challenges the
opportunity to explore their creativity in an atmosphere of hope, growth,
and encouragement. The art instructor will tailor the program to fit the
individual artistís needs using a variety of media, including charcoal,
color pencil, paint and clay. Our studio is in Rochester on the northwest
corner of Pine and University, facing Pine Street. No previous art
experience is necessary. For more information, visit them on the web at
The Art Experience is a non-profit
community based art and art therapy
studio. The Art Experience has been working to make the arts available to
all members of the community for over 8 years. Young people with
developmental disabilities, people in recovery and consumers of mental
health services have sought out their programs. However, as an open
studio, The Art Experience offers the unique opportunity for everyone
with or without disabilities, to work together side-by-side exploring
their abilities and inspiring each other to live their lives fully. The
studio is open to all on a drop-in basis Tuesday and Thursday evenings
from 7-10 p.m. The fee is $5.00 to defray the cost of supplies. There are
after school youth programs, a Saturday circle, and summer camps
available. For more information on programs and times, contact The Art
Experience at (248) 975-9290.
The Jewish Community Center of
Metro Detroit offers a special "Create a Class" for groups of 3 or more
children who are interested in taking a class other than what is already
offered. Contact the JCC Special Needs Department at (248) 432-5585 for
more information or to inquire about current class offerings.
Events from the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit:
Choose from Martial Arts, Swimming, Gymnastics, Art, and more!
http://jccdet.org/specialtyprograms/specialneeds.shtml for this
With notice, the
Center is able to provide individual "inclusion counselors" for
children with special needs to enable their successful participation
in recreational classes and camps. A caregiver or support person
may accompany child or adult members with special needs when using the
center's facilities independent of structured classes or programs.
For additional information, please call Nancy Furgang, Special Needs
Director at 248-432-5585.
Find cultural events
put on by Michigan humanities and arts organizations,
Oakland County HelpLink
Welcome to the
Oakland County Helplink! It is our mission to work collaboratively with
schools, families, and other social, health and related agencies to
provide health and human service resources to
the residents of Oakland County. Visit
http://www.oaklandhelplink.org to view resources
County In The News
'Emerging Sectors' Maps
New Type of Summer Camp - What will your kids tell classmates they
did this summer? Attend soccer camp? Swim at the pool? Study
nanotechnology? Instructors at Oakland Schools hope the response will be
the latter as the school system is modeling much of its summer enrichment
programs after the county's Emerging Sectors initiative.
Illness Needs Discussion Sessions (MINDS) organization is an awareness
program that aims at educating young people about mental illness. To
achieve this goal, MINDS conducts free seminars in high schools throughout
the Detroit metropolitan area. The MINDS curriculum includes a hands-on
look at a model brain, discussion of the symptoms of mental illnesses, and
interactive activities that allow students to participate actively during
Resources specific to this county
Oakland County Early Childhood Guide to Summer Services 2005 (PDF) -
This guide supports our goal of helping all children reach their maximum
potential. We are pleased to share with you information on a variety of
summer offerings and resources for your child. In addition to therapeutic
resources, we are also providing information about recreational/academic
programs, clinics and camps that encourage your childís overall
development. Summer programs provide a variety of enrichment opportunities
to continue to enhance your childís growth and development. Summer
activities have long-lasting benefits beyond the immediate enjoyment you
and your child will experience.
Oakland County Youth Assistance Human
Resource Directory - Oakland County's local youth assistance program has
recently completed a county-wide human resource directory. To view this
www.oaklandhelplink.org. Click on the Youth Assistance Logo at the top
of the welcome page. The directory, in PDF format, is listed under
publications, and is titled "Human Resource Directory".
Beaumont Hospitalís Support Groups -
Autism Society of
America: Oakland County Chapter -
The Mission of the Autism Society of
America, Oakland County Chapter is to foster knowledge, promote awareness,
provide information and opportunities related to educational, medical,
social and life skills issues for families and individuals with autism
spectrum disorders, and to promote awareness to the general public in and
around Oakland County.
Oakland County Community Mental Health
Phone: (248) 858-1210
Hotline: (248) 543-2900 (24-hour emergency)
Even Start - Even Start programs help parents improve their reading
skills and learn to help their children read and succeed in school.
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.
Beaumont Hospital's Parenting Program
For more information about how you can participate, call 248-551-1455
(Royal Oak) or 248-964-5822 (Troy).
It seems that
every week there's a new study on how best to raise a child. Sometimes,
though, there are no better experts than parents who are experiencing the
same challenges you are. If you're a new parent, join a community where
they understand through experience -- the Parenting Program.
The Parenting Program matches new parents with experienced parents. After
you deliver your first baby, a trained parent volunteer will answer your
The Parenting Program combines hospital staff, community professionals,
volunteers and experienced parents to teach child development, safety and
wellness, nutrition and other topics of interest to you as a new parent.
Your group is headed by a parenting volunteer who completes a
comprehensive training course and continually updates his or her skills.
The program begins during your hospital stay and lasts until your baby is
one year old. But the friendships you make with other parents can last for
The program serves new parents, single mothers, parents of multiple births
or families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Our services
Individual family support
If you decide to participate, a volunteer will call you weekly and, if
requested, visit you in your home for the first three months. Your
volunteer can give you information and support that meets your unique
Personalized support for families with neonatal intensive care babies
Families with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit have special
medical issues and questions. You are matched with a volunteer who has had
a similar personal experience. Your volunteer can give you the information
Breastfeeding phone support
After you leave the hospital, a parenting volunteer can call you and
answer your breastfeeding questions. If you have additional breastfeeding
concerns, call the Breastfeeding Support Service at 248-551-8497 (Royal
Oak) or 248-964-6455 (Troy).
When your baby is four to five months old, you are invited to join eight
to 12 parents and their babies in a new parent group. Your group meets
twice a month for six months. Each meeting lasts about two hours. A
parenting volunteer helps run the meetings and arranges for speakers.
Topics may include:
infant growth and development
playing with your baby
changes in your marriage and life
starting solid foods
Single mother group
After delivering your baby, you are invited to join other single mothers
and their babies in a single mother group. Your group meets twice a month
for six months. Each meeting lasts about two hours and consists of mothers
around your age. A parenting volunteer helps run the meetings and arranges
Topics may include:
the special situations as a single parent
Participants in the Parenting Program and members of the community are
invited to attend lectures throughout the year. Each two-hour lecture is
held in the Administration Building at Beaumont, Royal Oak. A parenting
volunteer or staff member runs the meeting and arranges for speakers.
There is a nominal fee to attend. For more information, call Beaumont's
Physician Referral & Information Service toll-free at 1-800-633-7377.
Topics may include:
returning to work
wills, guardianship and financial planning
Children's Trust Fund Direct Service
Fiscal Year 2003 Continuing Programs
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
44405 Woodward Ave
Contact Person: Kathleen Strader
Project: Facilitates the MELD for Young Moms and Young Dads program
targeted at teen parents.
Project: The Healthy Start program will be expanded to hire an additional
bilingual family support worker to target Hispanic families. Home visits,
information/referral, and developmental assessment will be provided.
OPC: The Older Person's Commission
is a top notch senior activity center located in Rochester, MI. It
services the Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township area. They
receive funding from several sources, and work with the Area Agency on
Aging. It is volunteer run. Something like a YMCA for over 50 set, but
better. They run a bus program for seniors and people with disabilities.
They have a wonderful adult day care program, that also accepts adults
with disabilities. They run the Meals on Wheels program that delivers
thousands of meals a day to shut in low income seniors and those with
disabilities in Oakland County. They have a full senior theatrical
program, music department, social clubs, and sports program. There is a
baseball team, hockey team, golf events, swim team and they run the Senior
Olympics from the OPC. There are two full musical theatrical productions
with an orchestra every year and a Mrs. Senior Michigan pageant. The
social work office provides a low cost meal supplement (Ensure) program,
counseling, a durable medical equipment loaner closet and assistance
finding services and shut in visits. They provide affordable continuing
educational programs for seniors such as computer classes, financial
planning courses, speakers on just about anything from gardening to
Medicare and monthly theme dinner dance. They have an unbelievable arts
and craft program - anything from watercolor, quilting, knitting,
miniature doll house classes, clay and ceramics. They provide support
groups, outings, trips around the world, just about anything you can think
of. It's the kind of support system and community involvement that our
special needs families dream of having.
Active Rehab Center, Inc. is a physical therapy facility located in
Madison Heights. Our goal is to aid cerebral palsy children in regaining
physical fitness, thereby enhancing everyday life. Also our therapists
have many years of experience in working with children who suffer from
gross motor delays, developmental delays, scoliosis, juvenile rheumatoid
arthritis, sensory integration dysfunction, multiple sclerosis and other.
Services are provided fee-for-service. For more information about us