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Contact your State Legislator or Members of Congress - click here.

 

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State Benefit Programs and Federal Benefit Programs
 

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program - A comprehensive community-based Suicide Prevention Program. Call 1-800-615-1245 24 hours a day/7 days a week for Community Mental Health or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).

 
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Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten.

 

Parent Reviews Give an Inside View - How does your school do in meeting the needs of its students? Just click on Parent Reviews on any school profile to see personal, up-close comments about schools.

 
Children and Politics in Your State - click here.

 
Find your local Parent Information & Resource Center (PIRC) - click here.

 

Contact your State Legislator or Members of Congress - click here.

 

Homework Help for Kids & Teens - click here.

 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids - Law Enforcement support for programs preventing juvenile crime and violence.

 

For the substance abuse treatment facility nearest you, click here 

   

 For the mental health treatment center nearest you, click here.    

 

Find K-12 school information for your state - Visit Standard & Poors, Educational CyberPlayGround, SchoolMatch, or RateMyTeacher.

 

How to volunteer to help a child - click here.

  

Reading & Literacy Help for Children - click here.

  

Reading & Literacy Help for Adults - click here.

 

Check out your teacher's certification status with the Michigan Teacher Certification Lookup tool - click here.

 

Find help in your state or region for children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses or disabilities - click here For resources in Spanish, click here

  

U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) 

 

U.S. Department of Education

 

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

 

No Child Left Behind

 

U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

 

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

 

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

 

Visit School Websites - links to over 70,000 school websites from around the country. 

 

Covering Kids & 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 1-877-KIDS-NOW.

 

State of Michigan

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  • State Government Website - click here.

  • Resources by County - click here.

  • Contact List for Early Childhood Programs - click here.

  • Agencies & Organizations for Children with Disabilities - click here.

  • Agencies, Organizations, and State Government Contacts for Children At-Risk - click here.

  • Education Resources & Information - click here.

  • Literacy Resources - click here.

  • Articles of Interest - click here.

  • Miscellaneous Information & Resources - click here.

  • Things To Do & Places To See - click here.

  • Support Group Information - click here.

  • View or Order a free state map from the Michigan Dept. of Transportation.

  • Citizen's Guide to State Government Available (pdf) -This comprehensive document includes contact information for all elected officials in Michigan, including photos, as well as committee lists and other valuable information about the legislative process. It is a MUST HAVE for legislative action!

 
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Education Resources & Information

  

Michigan Department of Education - http://www.michigan.gov/mde/

  

Intermediate School District (ISD) Website Finder

 

Find K-12 school information for your state - Visit Standard & Poors, Educational CyberPlayGround, SchoolMatch, or RateMyTeacher.

 
School District Profiles - Revenues, spending, student teacher ratio, state rankings, schools of choice transfers.
 

Find a charter school in your area: http://www.charterschools.org/pages/regions.cfm

 

Michigan Department of Education Parent Help Line for Student Issues: 888-323-4231

 

Download your state's educational profile - click here (click on State Profiles)

Special Education Mediation Services - click here.

 

1-800-Early On - Information on early childhood, the Early On program, parenting, early literacy, etc.

 

Michigan Teacher Network - Michigan Teacher Network supports Michigan educators in the successful use of technology by providing easy access to information and materials that have been carefully evaluated for quality, relevance, and effectiveness.
 

The latest issue of Leading Change is now available.

 

Standard & Poor's School Evaluation Services - Here school administrators, policy makers, parents, educators, and all stakeholders can find:  S&P Written Reports: Read about your school systemís academic results, spending, student population, financial condition, and more. Trends and Benchmarks: Measure progress with up to five years of data. Compare to the state, the county, similar schools, or set up your own comparisons. Better Performers: Identify schools that perform better on any academic indicator, for any student group. Return on ResourcesTM: Understand the relationship between spending and achievement.

 

Michigan Department of Education Office of Special Education & Early Intervention Services (OSE/EIS) - http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,1607,7-140-6525_6530_6598---,00.html

 
Michigan Protection & Advocacy (MPAS) - http://www.mpas.org
 

Learning Disabilities Association of Michigan - http://www.ldaofmichigan.org

 
Learning Disabilities Association (LDA) Call 888-597-7809 or visit http://www.ldanatl.org

 

CEN - Center for Educational Networking (State Improvement Grant) http://www.michigansig.org/ - A good resource for users to find products, news, and events. Users can also submit an event to be posted on our site and subscribe to electronic versions of our publications.

 

Education Law Center an organization that provides training and consultation services on school law issues. 

 

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Agencies, Organizations, and State Government Contacts for Children At-Risk

 

Agencies & Organizations for Children with Disabilities - click here.

 

MI Food Stamp Helpline (PDF) - You may qualify for more Food Assistance if you are having a hard time paying your rent, utility, child-care or child-support bills. Donít assume you are not eligible! The Food and Nutrition Helpline is operated by the Center for Civil Justice. We canít give you Food Assistance benefits, but we can estimate how much help you may receive each month based on your household situation. You must apply through the Michigan Department of Human Services.

 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan - A bipartisan anti-crime organization of police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecuting attorneys and victims of violence. It is a project of the national Fight Crime - Invest in Kids, a nonprofit supported by tax-deductible contributions from foundations, individuals and corporations. It receives no public funding. The organization calls on public officials to adopt a four-part plan to reduce crime and violence, and help young people learn the skills and values they need to become responsible adults. The four-steps are: 1. Provide all school-age children and teens access to after-school youth development programs to shut down the "Prime Time for Juvenile Crime"; 2. Provide all families access to quality pre-kindergarten, school readiness, and educational child care programs proven to dramatically reduce crime; 3. Help schools identify troubled and disrupted children at an early age, and provide children and their parents with the counseling and training that can help kids get back on track; 4. Improve deficient parents and prevent child abuse and neglect by: * Offering high-risk parents in-home parenting-coaching; * Making sure child protective, foster care, and adoptive services have comprehensive policies and enough well-trained staff to protect and heal abused and neglected children. For more information, contact K. P. Pelleran, State Director at kppelleran@fightcrime.org or 517-371-3565.

 

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Literacy Resources

 

Find your local library by using the Michigan Library's Online Directory - click here.

The online directory contains the most up to date information we have for approximately 2000 libraries and library related organizations.
 
Michigan Literacy, Inc.
Hotline Number: (888) 826-7323
Other Phone Number: (517) 349-7511
Email: mli@voyager.net
Web: http://www.michiganliteracy.org
 
Detroit Area Lifelong Learning Coalition
Hotline Number: (313)577-3923
Email: dntiri@aol.com
 
Capital Area Literacy Coalition
1028 E. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48906-5518
Phone: 517-485-4949
Fax: 517-485-1924
Email: mail@thereadingpeople.org
Web: www.thereadingpeople.org 

 
State Adult Education/Literacy Office
Adult Education Unit, Michigan Dept. of Career Development
Hotline Number: 866-MY-GOALS (694-6257)
Email: career@state.mi.us
Web: http://www.michigan.gov/mdcd/

 

Visit our county map and choose your county to find information on other literacy programs in your area.

 

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Articles of Interest

 

Visit the Bridges4Kids Breaking News section for timely state and national news about education, early childhood interventions, special education, at-risk children and youth, upcoming events and more - click here.

 

For articles specific to Michigan, Detroit or the State Superintendent of Education, click here.

 

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Miscellaneous Information & Resources

 

Visit our county map and choose your county to find information on everything in your area.

 

Mid-Michigan Autism Association was started 2 years ago in Lansing , MI and is a non-profit, grass-roots organization connecting families with autism with needed local supports, autism information, activities, and resource options in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties. Oversight is provided by a voluntary board and new initiatives are continually underway. There is no fee for being added to our eómail distribution list! Go to www.midmichiganautism.org for more information!

 

National Centers for Independent Living - Map of U.S. leads to a listing of Centers for Independent Living by state.

 

The Arc of Michigan - 800-292-7821 - http://www.arcmi.org

Association for Children's Mental Health (ACMH) - 800-782-0883
 
Autism Society of MI - 800-223-6722 - http://www.autism-mi.org

 

The Arc - Grosse Pointe Michigan: http://www.geocities.com/thearcgrossepointeharperwoods

 

Visit Resource Net's Directory of Resources in Michigan at  http://www.resourcenet-hoho.org/orgsearch.html - find resources by keyword, location, type of service, or browse the directory alphabetically.

 

Autism Society of America's Oakland County Chapter - www.asaoakland.org

  

Project PERFORM provides free packets of information on specific disabilities and special needs.  These packets are comprehensive and very useful.  Find them on the web at http://wash.k12.mi.us/perform or call 800-552-4821.

 

Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) - 313-577-2654 - http://www.wayne.edu/DDI/
 
Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan - 800-377-6226 - http://www.epilepsymichigan.org

 

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Things To Do & Places To See

 

Visit our county map and choose your county to find information on activities and more right in your area.

 

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This page last updated on 01/04/2017

 

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