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Health Department

Offers: WIC, immunizations clinics, reproductive health clinics, home visits for pregnant women and children, Children’s Special Health Care services, Medicaid application assistance, Hearing and vision screening for children and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome screening.

Bethany Christian Services

Offers: adoptions services, infertility ministry, foster care, estate planning and international adoption.

Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan

Offers: Intensive foster care, regular foster care, emergency foster care, runaway services with Third Level, infant adoption, international and private adoption studies, outpatient counseling, juvenile justice services, mentoring, drug testing, anger management groups, experiential/recreation groups and free pregnancy counseling.

Child Care Connections

Offers: Resource and referrals for child care, child care provider trainings, child and adult care food program sponsor, employer assistance regarding employee benefits relating to child care, resources for families on child care and child rearing information and employer assistance for accessing child care as an employee benefit. or
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Child Guidance

Offers: psychiatric services, out-patient services, Doula teen parent program, professional parenting foster care, teaching family-residential care program, home based services, 24 hour crisis services, respite services, parenting classes and support groups.  231-947-2255

Early On

Offers: developmental assessment and service coordination for children 0-3 years with developmental delay or an established condition.  Referrals are made to appropriate community services.  1-800-EarlyOn

Michigan State University Extension

Offers: Parent education, nutrition education, parents as teachers-playgroups, infant massage, car seat safety education, 4-H clubs and youth development.

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Offers: Community services-emergency food, shelter, housing, medical, heat/utilities-financial management services- housing programs, senior nutrition program, weatherization program, head start & family development program.

Planned Parenthood

Offers: Advocacy services, educational services such as workshops and book and video library

Way to Grow!

Offers: School readiness coordinators whom provide home visits, playgroups, parent meetings, community events for children birth-age 5 at no cost to families. Hearing and vision screenings, as well as developmental screenings, and referrals to community services are also offered. Programs available at the schools, community centers, and in homes include: home visits, playgroups, story hours, literacy activities, parent meetings and kindergarten teacher visits before student enters kindergarten.

Supporting After School Initiatives

Michigan children and youth will have the opportunity to participate in high-quality after-school programs that support their success through social, cultural, physical and intellectual development.
Women’s Caring Program
For 30 years, the Women’s Caring Program has been cultivating a garden of hope for the children of Michigan’s working poor. The Women’s Caring Program (WCP), a non-profit foundation, believes that supporting disadvantaged children can yield major returns in a child’s life.
Great Start is Michigan’s nationally recognized, state wide initiative to foster school readiness and and life success for young children.
The Office of Great Start  was created by Governor Snyder to consolidate early childhood programs and resources within the Michigan Department of Education, with the goal of providing a great start for all of Michigan’s young children.  Learn more about the Office of Great Start.
In each NW Michigan region, there is a Great Start Collaborative; a collection of organizations with a shared mission and focus on early learning and care.  To learn more about the collaboratives in our region, visit these sites: