Kent County

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Visit Bridges4Kids


How to volunteer to help a child - click here.


Statewide Resources - click here.

 National Centers for Independent Living - Map of U.S. leads to a listing of Centers for Independent Living by state.
Job Opportunities - click here.
Find K-12 Info - click here.
Introduction to The Children with Special Needs Fund - click here.


Learn about the R.E.A.D.Y Program

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 Michigan. 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 - click here.


Find more Michigan information - click here.

Homework Help & Resources -
click here.


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 Department Locator


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, click here.

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


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.


Are You Eligible?  State Benefit Programs and 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 enters kindergarten.

Find a mentor for a child: 


Mental Health Locator

Project Great StartProject Great Start

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 for more resources.

Small Early On LogoLocal 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.


SchoolhouseLocal ISD, RESD, or RESA


Intermediate School District (ISD), Regional Educational Service District (RESD) or Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) - What is an ISD?


Project Find ChickLocal 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.  Click here to learn more.


Head StartFind your local Head Start

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.


Kids SharingFind Childcare in Your Community


Association For Child Development:

Michigan Association for Child Care Providers:

Michigan Community Coordinated Child Care Network (4C):


United Way LogoLocal United Way Programs - click here.

United Way funds programs and agencies that support families, children and communities. Find help available in your community through United Way.


Michigan 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 here.


Places to visit with kids in Michigan - click here.
Michigan Zoos and Planetariums by city with links - click here.


Find cultural events put on by Michigan humanities and arts organizations, click here.


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 for more information, or contact Shannon Harris at (616) 450-1922.


newspaperKent 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 Health Institute.


stack of booksResources 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.


Line of Kidpins - Kent County Child Abuse and Neglect Council




The Child 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

Phone: 616-454-4673



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



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