Parenting Education Programs

Child Safety Initiatives

Child Safety Services support child safety – specifically safe sleep and automobile safety for children from birth through five years of age who are currently living in Kent County and meet income requirements.

  • Bethany Christian Services provides one-on-one parent safety education to the culturally diverse families they serve with a focus on Safe Sleep recommendations and car seat safety. Bethany engages qualified experts to educate and train parents and caregivers from within the communities we serve in both infant-safe sleep and car seat safety, providing language interpretation as well as an understanding of cultural parenting norms and experience that is critical when engaging parents. Bethany is able to provide approved pack-n-plays and car seats to eligible parents who receive the individual consultation.
  • The Child Safety Passenger Program offers parents with young children the resources and education they need to ensure their children have safe, age-appropriate car seats. A Community Health Worker (CHW) who is part of Cherry Health’s Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) will coordinate this program and offer one-on-one, personalized instruction to families on how to properly use car seats.
  • Child Safety Initiatives – Family Futures is working to increase the availability of safe sleeping options for families who are unable to afford a safe environment. Additionally, Family Futures will provide education to parents on current evidence-based practices and protective factors associated with safe sleep environments for infants, aligned to American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.

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: 

  • Cherry Health’s Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is a parent support and coaching program for pregnant mothers and infants. The MIHP team provides education, support, developmental assessment, referrals to community, and medical resources, and coordination of prenatal and infant care. Services are provided by a team and can be offered in the home, office, or community setting.
  • The Little Scholars Program, brought to you by Vibrant Futures, is a one-on-one coaching service to parents and relative caregivers with young children delivered in homes. Little Scholars curriculum is delivered through weekly coaching sessions over the course of 11 weeks and focuses on supporting parents and caregivers in understanding the power of “responsive parentings and skills related to the healthy development of their child.
  • 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.
  • Healthy FamiliesKent County 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.
  • In-home, Hands-on Postpartum Support provides practical and emotional support for parents of newborns in Kent County, particularly those in underserved communities. These services are provided by MomsBloom.
  • 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. 
  • 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 seven 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
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