Wayne County

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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.


Things to do and places to see with a child


Miracle League of Plymouth "because every child deserves a chance to play baseball."


My Chance to Dance is a dance/exercise program designed for children and adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities.


Gymboree of Downriver

Offers classes of comprehensive early childhood development and learning for children from birth through four years of age.
19090 Fort Street, at Sibley Road
Riverview, MI 48192
Phone: 734-479-0510

Events from the Jewish Community Center of Metro Detroit: Choose from Martial Arts, Swimming, Gymnastics, Art, and more!  Visit for this season's schedule.  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.


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.


newspaperWayne County In The News


Click here for more news related to Detroit/Wayne. Also, see the Bridges4Kids Breaking News Section.


MI Audits of Privatized Program Show Overpayments, Conflicts of Interest - Five years after Wayne County became the first in Michigan to hire private companies to care for delinquent youths, its juvenile justice system is awash in accusations of financial mismanagement, cronyism and fraud.


MI Detroit Schools to Lose 4,000 Jobs to Red Ink - $198-million deficit is looming over district.


The Mental 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 the seminars.

stack of booksResources specific to this county


The Arc Downriver New Generations
Phone: (734) 283-0710


Kids At The Club - play therapy for children with special needs in Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods. To register, call the Neighborhood Club, 313-885-4600, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.


Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS)


Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health
Phone: (313) 833-2500
Hotline: (313) 224-4357 (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.


Calendar of events at the Detroit Public Library - includes events taking place at the main building along with special activities taking place at the Children's Library.


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.



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