Support for your parenting comes in many different ways, and you should choose the form that most fits your needs. Some programs have no charge, others have a sliding fee, while others have a set cost. Some programs are focused around adult education, while others include your children in the activities (usually known as play groups). Support is available from pregnancy through when you child enters school. We encourage you to explore the different organizations.
First Steps Washtenaw
First Steps Washtenaw is available in each of the ten school districts in the county. First Steps offers playgroups, home visits, developmental assessments, adult education opportunities and a variety of special programs depending on the school district. Each program is accessible to everyone with either no fee or a sliding scale fee. Contact your local First Steps Program for more information and to explore their offerings.
Child Care Network
Child Care Network's mission is to promote the success of children, families and our community through quality child care education, advocacy, and family support. Child Care Network's primary services are to:
- Help parents find child care through referrals to licensed child care sites
- Provide parents with information and education about how to choose quality child care
- Assist low-income families with the cost of licensed care
- Provide training and support for early childhood professionals
- Provide information, education and advocacy on issues affecting children's well being
Child Care Network can be reached at (800) 777-2861 or at www.childcarenetwork.org
Great Start Parent Coalition
Washtenaw Success by 6 offers a parent support network that will send you age appropriate parenting information throughout your child's development from birth to kindergarten. You will receive periodical emails with parenting tips and information, and free events throughout Washtenaw County.
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