Outreach and Navigation

Expectant parents and parents of young children need to be able to connect to early childhood information and support services in the community. These providers work as a greater network towards increasing multiple entry points along the early childhood prenatal to five continuum of services that will ensure continuous support as needed and eliminate and addresses barriers to access and utilization of services. 

  • Family Futures – Family Futures provides outreach to the broader community of families to increase their awareness of available services and provide individualized consultation from a parent coach to connect families with a program that is right for them. 

  • Family Promise of Grand Rapids – Family Promise will increase capacity by offering individual supports to families with children five and under living in shelter programs to connect them to resources for housing, employment, mental and physical health, and early education programming.

  • Health Net of West MichiganHealth Net of West Michigan works in tandem with multiple health care systems and community-based partners. With the millage funding, they have been able to expand Early Childhood Services and the Community Healthcare Access Program that provides outreach, individualized consultation, and care coordination to parents desiring to access community resources and early childhood programming.
  • Kent ISD – Kent ISD is implementing Help Me Grow in Kent County. Help Me Grow offers resources through an online platform that is supported by Care Coordinator offering follow up and individualized support for families. Outreach and Navigation services will be offered through Help Me Grow to all families with children enrolled in early childhood educational programs within Kent ISD and local school districts.