Healthy Development

These services ensure expectant parents and those with young children have access to comprehensive, coordinated care that maximizes the child’s physical and emotional health and regular screenings to identify developmental delays, disabilities, and emotional concerns. Examples of services include developmental screening tools, healthcare-focused programming, behavioral health services, and programs addressing environmental hazards.  

  • Arbor Circle Keep Early Education Positive (KEEP) is a program that offers comprehensive support and consultation to childcare providers, teachers, and parents when a child ages 0-5 is facing any kind of difficulty in childcare or preschool. The program provides intervention and support so children have a successful experience in their early education. KEEP pairs mental health professionals with early care and education staff and families to promote positive social/emotional development of children in care. KEEP is provided by Arbor Circle
  • Infant Toddler Developmental Services (ITDS) is a home-based service that provides clinical interventions to families with children ages 0-5 where the parent-infant attachment or child’s healthy development needs support. ITDS works with families in their home or community to help parents/care providers build strengths and skills, bond with their children, and create a sense of safety and emotional security in their family. Through counseling and other supportive services, parents learn more about themselves and their children, discover new ways to build relationships with their infants and receive guidance for a variety of behavioral concerns and parental issues, including depression and anxiety.  ITDS is the work of Arbor Circle
  • The Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Network is a collective community effort working to ensure Kent County is addressing the social, equity, economic, and health factors that contribute to healthy births in Kent County. The Kent County Health Department leads FIMR and uses an approach that is community-based, action-oriented, and designed to bring together local health providers, consumers, advocates, and leaders. 
  • Easterseals intervenes with children and families to create more positive outcomes utilizing a culturally sensitive and family-centered approach. This includes treatment for behaviors such as trauma-specific infant mental health, intergenerational trauma-treatment, child-parent psychotherapy, and Incredible Years parenting support.

Environmental health hazards in the home can contribute to lead poisoning in young children, which can lead to birth defects, delays, and more. These Ready by Five providers work on the issues related to lead in Kent County. 

  • The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) is offering home health screenings to pregnant residents and families with children five years old and younger. This service assesses potential health hazards in a home. KCHD is then able to educate families on what to do if your family has been exposed as well as ways to limit future exposure. If health hazards are found, KCHD can help connect residents with the help they need. Services are available to families in owner-occupied or rental homes.
  • Healthy Homes of West Michigan provides in-home support to address lead hazards and reduce asthma triggers. Services are provided in the home and with a trained Healthy Homes Specialist completing a more comprehensive home assessment for lead, asthma, and accidental injury risk.
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