Kent County provides a myriad of resources for parents and children in areas such as family health, food, child care, and literacy. Below is a list of various community resources whose mission is to grow healthy families and help children thrive.
For: General Information about Community Resources
The United Way 2-1-1 service provides Information and referrals for all area resources. It’s a great resource for parents seeking assistance for baby care items to food to support groups.
Other resources include:
- Helping Hand: Guiding Michigan Citizens to Assistance Resources provided by the State of Michigan which lists program information for government services.
- Family Futures serves families and children in the Kent County area. This organization coordinates several programs for parents and their children such as the Healthy Families Program, Connections, and Familias Fuertes y Saludables.
For: Family Health
- Michigan Department of Community Health provides links and information on health topics for kids and families such as immunization, lead poisoning and hereditary disorders.
- D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s provides various mentoring programs for children and their families including Sisters in Support, a mentoring program for young moms and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
- Association for Children’s Mental Health provides resources and referral services for youth with mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and their families.
- Food Bank Council of Michigan provides links to several food assistance resources including Bridge card assistance and summer meals programs.
- Community Action Partnership of Kent County The Emergency Food Assistance Program distributes food to Kent County households quarterly through county-wide distribution sites.
- Salvation Army provides an emergency food pantry program as well as holiday assistance.
For: Child Care
- Kent Regional 4C provides resources on finding child care and child care licensing.
- Kent Resource Center assists parents in finding quality childcare and preschool services.
- Kent County Preschool Intake takes you through a step-by-step process to determine if your child is eligible to attend free preschool programs, either Great Start Readiness or Head Start.
- Great Start to Quality helps parents find the best early learning settings for their children and helps providers and educators improve the care they give to children.
- Bright Beginnings Offers personal home visits, playgroups/parent meetings, and developmental screenings.
- Grand Rapids Public Library of course, offers many print and electronic resources for children and their families as well as programming including Let’s Play, pre-reading classes, and the Summer reading challenge.
- Literacy Center of West Michigan provides a Family Literacy Program which serves families with children participating in Head Start for Kent County, Grand Rapids Public Schools, or Godwin Heights Public Schools.