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 Michigan – Health 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.
- Help Me Grow – Help Me Grow Kent offers referrals to community organizations for families who will be supported by a Care Coordinator that offers individualized care plans. Resources available include basic needs, childcare, and preschool, among others. Help Me Grow is a jointly run program between the Great Start Collaborative and Kent Intermediate School District that is available to any family living in Kent County with a child prenatal through five years old.