Community Resources for Children and their Parents

From this list you will see that there are many organizations working to help you and your family and our community’s children.

General Information about Community Resources

United Way 2-1-1 Information and referrals for all area resources, including support groups.  1-800-887-1107 or 211 or 459-2255.

Helping Hand: Guiding Michigan Citizens to Assistance Resources.  Maintained by the State of Michigan gives program and contact information for government services

Family Futures  Private non-profit organization catering to the needs of families and children in the Kent County area.  The Council provides education and awareness programs, community coordination, referrals, and advocacy, as well as coordinating the Healthy Start Program.

Family Resource Guide A directory of services for children and their families in the Kent County area.

Family Health

Michigan Department of Community Health Information and links to resources related to community and family health.

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s  Offers programs for families, including Sisters-in-Support program offers mentoring for young moms to help create a home where a child can flourish.

Association for Children’s Mental Health Offers a list of resources in categories related to mental health, ranging from community mental health programs to sibling support.


Food Bank Council of Michigan:  Find Food Resources Links and contact information for organizations to assist with emergency food resources.

Community Action Partnership of Kent County The Emergency Food Assistance Program distributes food quarterly through county-wide distribution sites.

Salvation Army Food Pantry Hours and information.

Child Care

Kent Regional 4C: Your Community Child Care Connection  Find child care, quality care standards, and parent resources.

Arbor Circle Preschool Program offers a parenting group while your child attends a preschool class.


Bright Beginnings Through the Parents as Teachers program, delivers services to families based on the principle that parents are their kids’  best teachers.

Grand Rapids Public Library Offers materials for school readiness, parenting, and more.  Check out our Let’s Play program, pre-reading classes, and Summer reading challenge.

Kent County Preschool Intake This takes you through  a step by step process to determine if your child is eligible to attend a free preschool program in Kent County–Great Start Readiness Program or Head Start.

Great Start Connect  A State organization that has helpful information and resources about finding child care and preschools.  First Steps Kent An independent, influential and neutral entity that leads the community’s efforts to strengthen and coordinate early childhood services in Kent County.  Great Start Collaborative is  for Kent County and a partner of First Steps Kent.

Literacy Center of West Michigan Family Literacy Program serves families with children participating in Head Start for Kent County, Grand Rapids Public Schools, or Godwin Heights Public Schools.


LINC  A community development corporation that provides services to Kent County, and are involved in a host of projects and services that reach families, houses, businesses and neighborhoods at large.

Thanks to our intern, Laura, for helping with this post.


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