Parenting Education Programs
Home Visiting Services
Home Visiting Services are when trained providers, such as nurses or parent educators, regularly visit families in your home or comfortable meeting place to offer a variety of one-on-one education and support. Millage-funded Home Visiting programs include:
- The Little Scholars Program, brought to you by Vibrant Futures, is a parent and relative-caregiver coaching model delivered in homes, small groups in caregiver homes, centers, institutions of trust, and other convenient locations.
- Early Attachment Services delivered through D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s increases the attachment between newborns, infants, and toddlers with parents and caregivers using the Infant Mental Health model.
- The Incredible Years Home Coaching conducts home visiting services to Kent County families that help parents feel more confident and effective and helps children learn problem-solving and strengthen their social-emotional skills. Services are provided by Easterseals Michigan, Inc.
- Flourish at Home is specifically designed for Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC)’s Early Head Start waitlist. This home visiting service provides weekly coaching sessions to support parents and caregivers in obtaining the knowledge and skills to support their child’s health, development, and learning.
- Kent County Healthy Families works to monitor and model parent-child interactions. Families will establish personal goals as a part of the program and will have at least one active goal at a time. This home visiting service is brought to you by Family Futures.
- Bright Beginnings Home Visiting is a Blue-Ribbon Model Affiliate of the Parents as Teachers program which "promotes the early development, learning, and health of young children by supporting and engaging the parents and caregivers." The programming expanded services to serve families with identified risk factors in Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kentwood Public Schools, Wyoming Public Schools, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, and Godwin Heights Public Schools.
- In-home, Hands-on Postpartum Support provides practical and emotional support for mothers of newborns in Kent County, particularly those in underserved communities. These services are provided by MomsBloom.
- Baby Scholars is a 10- to 11-week child development program designed to help parents help their children reach their full potential and be ready for kindergarten. A certified Parent Coach will come to your home weekly and show you how positive parent and child interactions can help your baby’s language, social, and brain development.
- Strong Beginnings is a partnership of eight agencies dedicated to enhancing the health and wellbeing of African American and Latinx mothers, fathers, and babies from pregnancy through early childhood. Our team of community health workers (CHWs), nurses, and counselors will visit you to help you have a healthy pregnancy, provide personal support, share information, help you handle the stress that comes from pregnancy and parenting, and connect you with community resources.
Translation and Interpretation
These agencies provide interpretation and translation services (in-person, telephone, and written) to programs that are funded by Ready by Five. Languages include, but are not limited to, Spanish, Nepali, Kinyarwanda, Serbo-Croatian, Swahili, Burmese, American Sign Language, Vietnamese, and Karen.
Translation and interpretation services will be conducted by:
- Bethany Christian Services
- Hispanic Center of West Michigan
- Liaison Linguistics