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  1. 1. Parent Resource Guide Ingham GSC, Birth to Five Mission: Every family has access to a universal, comprehensive, and collaborative system of community-based early childhood programs, services, & supports. Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact:Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact:
  2. 2. ContentsIntroduction 3Prenatal Education 4Parenting Classes 6Parenting Support Groups 7Parenting Resources 9Home Visitation 11Parent-Child Activities 13 Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact:
  3. 3. Ingham Birth to Five, Great Start CollaborativeParent Resource Guide (6/12/12)This Parent Resource Guide is the result of ongoing interagency efforts among the Ingham Great StartCollaborative (GSC) partners. Through the Ingham GSC Strategic Planning Process one of the five goalsin the Children’s Action Agenda was identified as Family Support and Parent Education (To develop avariety of education, supports and services that help strengthen the vital roles that families play in theirchildren’s development). The idea for the Parent Resource Guide and initial information was developedthrough the Ingham GSC Parent Education Workgroup, and then with support from an ECICImplementation Grant, we were able to dedicate additional resources to the completion of the project.The Parent Resource Guide is a work in progress. Community resources and programs are alwayschanging. Please let us know about any additions or corrections by emailing use the term parent to generically refer to any significant adult caregiver in a young child’s lifeincluding grandparents, foster parents and significant others.The information in this Parent Resource Guide will be shared with the community thru a variety of media.You can view it on-line at the Ingham GSC website ( or thru the MI Great Parentswebsite ( The information in this directory is also being included in theCentral Michigan 2-1-1 community agency database which can be accessed by dialing in the mid-Michigan area 211 or it may be browsed on-line at their website If youwish to print sections of the Parent Resource Guide or the entire document, the PDF files are available atthe Ingham GSC website ( Parent Resource Guide is divided into six sections: Prenatal Education; Parenting Classes; ParentSupport Groups; Parenting Resources; Home Visitation; and Parent-Child Activities. Although thecategories are arbitrary, we tried to put it in a logical order from the perspective of parents looking forresources. In order to efficiently use the publication space we only listed each agency once based on itsprimary or basic services. All the programs listed have services that are focused on families with childrenbirth to five.The Ingham GSC, Birth to Five Mission is: Every family has access to a universal, comprehensive, andcollaborative system of community-based early childhood programs, services, and supports. It is ourintent that this Parent Resource Guide will help move us another step ahead towards that goal.Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact:
  4. 4. PRENATAL EDUCATION Child birth preparation & prenatal info * Birthing Center at McLaren Greater Lansing Medical Center * Capital Area Birth Network * Doulas Care * Expectant Parents Organization (EPO) * Greenhouse Birth Center * Pregnancy Services of Lansing * Prenatal Classes - ICHD * Shared PregnancyThe Birthing Center at McLaren Greater and Monroe county. Also offers affordable birth services for $350 and postpartum services on a sliding scale forLansing Medical Center families outside the range of free services.401 West Greenlawn, Lansing, MI 48910 Website: 975-7329 Contact: Marylee Scherdt - info@doulascare.orgExpectant/New Parent Assistance: Provides classes forexpectant parents on Lamaze, labor, delivery andrecovery, parenting, bonding, vaginal and caesarean birth. Expectant Parents Organization (EPO)Eligibility: Open to all expectant parents. 271 Woodland Pass, Suite 214, East Lansing, MI 48823Main Website: (517) 337-7365Birth Center Website: Programs offered: Classes providing information about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting the newborn. Ongoing classes include: Prenatal Combo (Labor &Capital Area Birth Network Delivery, Newborn Care & Feeding - Can be taken in 4-P.O. Box 575 Haslett, MI 48840 week, 3-week, 1 day or online format), BreastfeedingDescription: The Network is an organization of Class, Multiples Class, Teen Prenatal Series, Siblingindividuals and professionals committed to helping Class, Private Class, The Best Newborn Care Classwomen and families have safe and fulfilling pregnancy Ever,Tours of Sparrow Hospital’s Mother Baby and Laborand birth experiences. They promote mother-friendly care Delivery Unitsthrough advocacy, information and support. Eligibility: Open to all expectant parents. FinancialEligibility: Open to all expectant parents. assistance is available.Meetings: The network holds free and public monthly Website: www.epobaby.orginformational meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the Facebook Page: at 7 p.m. at First Christian Church in Lansing. Contact: Carol Buzzitta - cbuzzitta@epobaby.orgWebsite: http://www.capitalareabirthnetwork.orgContact: Lucinda Molzan - (517) 402-5694 / Greenhouse Birth Center 1831 Newman Rd., Okemos, MI 48840 (517) 349-2620Doulas Care Programs offered: Prenatal, labor, delivery, postpartum2500 Packard St. Suite 101, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 care and childbirth class for birth center clients. Ongoing(866) 845-0003 (toll-free) support includes groups for postpartum moms and babiesDescription: An organization working to improve Ongoing classes include: Active Birth Class,maternal and infant health outcomes and reduce health Empowered Childbirth Class, Peaceful Beginningsdisparities by matching qualified volunteer doulas with Hypnobirthing Class, Private classes, Weekly Openpregnant women and adolescents who have limited House including a tour of the birth center.resources. Eligibility: Open to all expectant parents.Services: During your pregnancy, birth doulas help you Website: www.greenhousebirthcenter.comprepare for your birth and create a birth plan. During Greenhouse Birth Center Village Ning Page:labor, birth doulas stay with you and provide reassurance, http://gbcvillage.ning.comencouragement and physical support. Facebook Page:Eligibility: Free services for qualifying low-income in Washtenaw, Ingham, Wayne, Livingston, Contact: info@greenhousebirthcenter.comOakland, Macomb, Lapeer, Genesee, Lenawee, Jackson Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact:
  5. 5. Pregnancy Services of LansingServices: Offers free of charge: pregnancy testing,counseling, limited ultrasounds, referrals for insurance,pregnancy information, support services and babysupplies. See website for entire range of services offered.West side location only offers referrals, free pregnancytesting, limited ultrasounds, pregnancy information andcounseling. Learn and Earn clients are referred to theEast Lansing location.Eligibility: Open to all.Website: www.pregnancylansing.comLansing location: 420 Elmwood (One block south of Ingham GSC, Birth to Five Mission:Saginaw, across from Meijer); (517) 580-8185; Hours: Every family has access to a universal,10:30 - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday; comprehensive, and collaborative systemEast Lansing location: 1045 E. Grand River (Next to of community-based early childhoodMSU Campus, across from the 2 story McDonalds); (517) programs, services, & supports.332-0633; Hours: 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday;Contact: pregnancychoices@gmail.comPrenatal ClassesIngham County Health Department5303 South Cedar Lansing, MI 48911(517) 272-4129Description: A six-week prenatal class offered at theICHD. Class topics will focus on: newborn care andfeeding, postpartum care, family planning, healthybehaviors, exercise/relaxation and nutrition.Eligibility: First time mothers who are eligible formedicaid.Contact: Sarah Rowe - srowe@ingham.orgShared Pregnancy503 North Walnut, Lansing, MI 48933(517) 484-0365Services: Free pregnancy tests, non-diagnosticultrasound, confidential counseling, maternity clothes,referrals for medical care, housing, adoption and post-adoption counseling. Open Monday through Thursdayfrom 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Learn and Earn Program: A series of parenting and lifeskill classes and videos in which parents can earn pointsby attending classes and watching videos. Points are thentraded in for items for their baby.Eligibility: Open to expectant parents.Website: www.sharedpregnancy.orgContact: Saralee Howard, Exec. Director Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact:
  6. 6. PARENTING CLASSES Parenting classes for parents of young children * CACS Head Start * Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) * Cristo Rey Community Center * Eaton Intermediate School District * Lansing School DistrictCACS Head Start Eaton Intermediate School DistrictCapital Area Community Services 1790 East Packard Highway, Charlotte, MI 488131107 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906 (517) 541-8711 or (517) 541-8760(517) 482-1504 Parenting Classes: Becoming a Love & Logic Parent, FamilyProud Fathers Program: A 10-week parenting course for Nurturing (for parents of infants, toddlers andfathers. Includes free meals, transportation assistance, child young children), Proud & a gift for course completion. Eligibility: Open to all parents and caregivers in Clinton,Reflections: A interactive six-week series designed to Eaton and Ingham Counties.empower women to approach their life and that of their family Website: a proactive manner. parent_education_schedule.pdfEligibility: Be a parent/caregiver of a child enrolled in the Contact: Jodi Anthony, Program Assistant -Head Start program or an interested community member. / (517) 541-8765Website: http://cacsheadstart.orgContact:Sharon Rogers - Lansing School District Hill Center 5815 Wise Rd. Lansing, MI 48911 (517) 755-4081Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) Programs offered: Offers various parenting classes and4287 Five Oaks Drive Lansing, MI 48911 workshops at no charge (small charge for materials), often with(517) 484-8444 free childcare and food. Classes are from 6 to 8 p.m.Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun: For parents of 0 Love & Logic for Early Childhood: 5 week class for parentsto 5 year olds. of children birth to 5.How to Become a Love and Logic Parent: For parents Nurturing Parent Program: 15 week class for parents ofof all ages. prenatal and children birth to 5.Website: ABC’s of Parenting: 7 week class for parents of childrenEligibility: No eligibility requirements for classes. entering kindergarten.Contact: Rachel Prosen - Eligibility: Open to all parents. Contact: Carolyn Stone - carolyn.stone@lansingschools.netCristo Rey Community Center1717 N. High St. Lansing, MI 48906(517) 372-4700Family Nurturing Program: A 10-week parenting programfor parents of infants, toddlers and young children. Classesare ongoing throughout the year and participants may beginat any time. Cost is $10/session or is free with a DHS workerreferral. A CATA bus stops right outside the center.Eligibility: Open to all parents of infants, toddlers and youngchildren.Website: Sara Mitchell (517) 372-4700 Ext.140 Ingham GSC, Birth to Five Mission: Every family has access to a universal, comprehensive, and collaborative system of community-based early childhood programs, services, & supports. Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact:
  7. 7. PARENT SUPPORT GROUPS Support groups for parents of young children. * Capital Mothers of Multiples Club * Circle of Parents * Kinship Care Support Group * La Leche League of Delta-Waverly * La Leche League of East Lansing * Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) * Mother to Mother Program * Teen Parent Network * Teen ParentsCapital Mothers of Multiples Club (3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.), Question andWebsite: Answer meeting (4th Wednesday, except inDescription: A non-profit support and social group for December, at 10 a.m.). Contact a leader for info onmothers of multiples (twins, triplets, or more). Our monthly meeting locations.meetings always include "Multiple Mania," a lively Eligibility: All breastfeeding mothers and mothers- to-bediscussion of the challenges of raising multiples. Yearly interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to aactivities include: family parties four times a year, a meeting or call one of the leaders for breastfeeding helpgarage sale, a Mom’s Night Out and a Parent’s Night Out. or information. Babies are welcome and meetings are freeEligibility: To join, all you need to do is come to a and open to all.meeting. Website: Please contact us at E-mail: Leader contacts: Mary Ann (517-321-1818), Jaime (517-853-0728), Keisha (517-272-0112)Circle of ParentsFamily Growth Center - Bethlehem Lutheran Church549 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing, MI 48910 La Leche League of East Lansing(517) 371-1347 Hotline: (517) 484-5005Circle of Parents: An ongoing support group for all Meeting info: Series meetings are on the first Wednesdayparents. Currently every Wednesday at Mt. Hope FGC of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings take place at Firstonly from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Christian Church on 1001 Chester Road in Lansing.Eligibility: Open to all. Eligibility: All breastfeeding mothers and mothers- to-beContact: Kathy Kelly - interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to a meeting or call one of the leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are welcome and meetings are freeKinship Care Support Group and open to all.Allen Neighborhood Center Website: www.llleastlansing.com1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912 Leader contacts: LLL leaders are available by phone(517)999-3912 whenever you have breastfeeding questions or concerns.Description: A support group offering caregivers a place Please call either Laura at (517) 543-6177 or Sara atto share concerns and make connections with with other (517) 372-8780.kinship families. Meets on the second Saturday of eachmonth, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Snacks and childcare areprovided. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)Website: Description: Meet on a regular basis to celebrate the joysfamily/ of motherhood and to encourage each other through theContact: Joan Nelson - challenges of parenting. MOPS groups are through local faith-based organizations and church ministries.La Leche League of Delta-Waverly Eligibility: Mothers with preschool age children.Hotline: (517) 321-1818 The groups meet at the following locations:Meeting info: Series meeting in the morning (2nd Trinity Church - East Lansing ( at 10 a.m.), Series meeting in the evening trinitymops/): 3355 Dunckel Rd. Lansing, MI 48911; Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact:
  8. 8. 272-3853; Meets on 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 9:15 -11:30 a.m.St. David’s Episcopal Church: 1519 Elmwood Rd.Lansing, MI 48917; (517) 323-2272; Meets on 1st and 3rdThursday from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.Riverview Church: 3585 Willoughby Rd. Holt, MI 48842;(517) 694-3400; Meets every other Thursday from 9:15 -11:30 a.m.Presbyterian Church of Okemos: 2258 Bennett Rd.,Okemos, MI 48864; (517) 349-9536; Meets every otherWednesday from 9:15 - 11:15 a.m.All Saints Episcopal Church: 800 Abbot Rd., East Ingham GSC, Birth to Five Mission:Lansing, MI 48823; (517) 351-7160; www.allsaints- Every family has access to a universal, ; Meets on 2nd Friday from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. comprehensive, and collaborative system of community-based early childhoodMother to Mother Program programs, services, & supports.Ingham County MSU Extension5303 South Cedar St., Lansing, MI 48911(517) 887-4588Program Description: Mother-to-Mother Peers aretrained to provide women with breastfeeding information,encouragement and support. They are available to seemothers in person or by telephone, in the home, thehospital or the WIC clinic.Eligibility: All WIC and Food Stamp eligible women.Website: Joyce McGarry - mcgarryj@msu.eduTeen Parent NetworkIngham County Health Department306 West Willow, Lansing, MI 48906(517) 702-3515Description: Provides intensive case management andsupport services for pregnant and parenting adolescentsincluding parenting classes, support groups for teenparents in school and play and learn groups for teens andtheir babies.Eligibility: Any Ingham County adolescent and teenbetween the ages of 11 and 21 years old.Website: Jan Kimble - jkimble@ingham.orgTeen ParentsYouth for Christ5222 Dumond Ct., Lansing, MI 48917(517) 322-2091Description: Group provides support and guidance topregnant and parenting youths (ages 13-21). Meetings areweekly on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at TrinityChurch on Dunckel and Jolly Rd. in Lansing.Website: http://lansingyfc.netContact: Mary Kay Sauer Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact:
  9. 9. PARENTING RESOURCES Local resources to help children and families * Expanded Food & Nutrition Program * Family Resource Center at MSU * Find a Meetup Group Near You * Great Start Connect * Ingham Birth to Five, Great Start Collaborative * Ingham Great Start Parent Coalition * Kinship Care Resource Center * March of Dimes * WKAR/Ready To Learn/Parenting Counts to Do at MSU: An Activity Guide for Families” ( Healthy Parenting Class: Sponsored by MSU Health4U, Expanded Food & Nutrition Program this 6 week class teaches parents how to minimize power Ingham County MSU Extension struggles with your child through positive intervention 5303 South Cedar St., Lansing, MI strategies with children (ages 1-12) 48911 (517) 887-4588 Eligibility: Open to all MSU faculty/staff/student who are Description: Program offers training in basic nutrition, parents with children (ages 1-12). meal planning and preparation, stretching dollars, food Website: safety, healthy eating and feeding infants and children. Contact: Lori Strom, FRC Coordinator - Eligibility: Low income residents of Ingham County with children 0-19 years of age. Website: efnep&snaped.htm Find a Meetup Group Near You Contact: Joyce McGarry - Website: Description: Meetup is the worlds largest online network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to Family Resource Center organize a local group or find one of the thousandsMichigan State University already meeting up face-to-face.1407 S. Harrison, Suite 225, East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) How to use: Click the link above. Type in Lansing or your432-3745 zip code into the search bar. You can also type inPrograms offered: Classes and workshops for parents keywords such as “parenting,” “playgroup,” “moms,” oron a variety of topics. The Center also publishes a “dads.” There are already groups set up in the Lansing“Community Resource Directory” for families who are area, but you can also start your own group.struggling ( and “Things Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact:
  10. 10. Great Start Connect March of DimesEarly Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) Lansing Division221 N. Pine, Lansing, MI 48933 2450 Delhi Commerce Dr. Suite 11, Holt, MI 48842Description: Great Start CONNECT helps link parents and (517) 699-4863those caring for young children with the resources, Description: March of Dimes mission is to improve thesupports and services needed to give Michigan children a health of babies by preventing birth defects, prematureGreat Start. birth and infant mortality.Services: Includes a new online statewide database of Local services: Offers educational materials (English andlicensed, registered child care and early education Spanish) for expectant parents. Holds the March forprograms in Michigan. Families can access this database Babies Walk every April. For specific information, visit24 hours a day, seven days a week to quickly and www.marchforbabies.orgconveniently search for and contact child care providers Website: match their needs. In addition to this database, the Contact: Sheri Eldredwebsite also includes links to other Resources, Training andInformation about quality child care and early learningenvironments. WKAR/Ready To Learn/Parenting CountsWebsite: Michigan State Universityconnect 283 Communication Arts Bldg. East Lansing, MI 48824 Description: Parenting Materials and Workshop TrainingIngham Birth to Five, Great Start for early childhood educators, teachers and childcare providers on topics such as smart media viewing; usingCollaborative (GSC) media and the web to build social/emotional, physical andDescription: A coalition of human service agencies, cognitive development; and emergent literacy skills forcoalition of parents, and other partners working together children 1-8. Training for staff scheduled on requestto develop a network of early education and care to support throughout the year. Materials on topics available forchildren and families in Ingham County. parents on request by email or phone.Vision: Every child ready to succeed in school and life; and Eligibility: Open to all.their Mission is to develop a system where: Every family Website: access to a universal, comprehensive, and readytolearn.phpcollaborative spectrum of community-based early childhood Contact: Beany Tomber - - (517)programs, services, supports, and strategies. 432-3120 ext 406Meetings: Ingham Birth to Five, GSC usually meets thesecond Wednesday of each month at the BethlehemLutheran Church from 1:00-3:00 pm.Work Groups: Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, PublicAwareness, Operations Committee, Safe Sleep, InfantMortality, Quality Initiatives, Kindergarten Transition, andthe Parent Coalition. There is also time set aside forupdates from all participants and discussion of other issuesof interest.Website: InghamGreatStart.orgIngham Great Start Parent CoalitionDescription: A network of parent groups, parentorganizations and parent members that are willing to help Ingham GSC, Birth to Five Mission: Everyplan and support the Ingham Great Start Collaborative family has access to a universal,(GSC) efforts. The members of the Parent Coalition will comprehensive, and collaborative system ofserve as key contacts to a broad range of parent groups tofacilitate the exchange of information between the parents, community-based early childhood programs,parent groups and the Ingham GSC. services, & supports.Website: MC Rothhorn inghamGSCparents@yahoo.comKinship Care Resource CenterMSU School of Social Work254 Baker Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824(517) 355-9600 or (800)535-1218Resources for families: The mission of the center is toprovide support for the physical, emotional, cultural andsocial well-being of kinship families in the state of Michigan.Services include: linking families to community resources,providing kinship care related technical support andconsultation to agencies.Website: http://kinship.msu.eduContact: Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact:
  11. 11. HOME VISITATION Home visits provide parents with additional support and assistance in order to enhance healthy childhood growth and positive parent-child relationships. * Early Head Start * Early On * Family Outreach Services * Family Preservation Services * Great Parents, Great Start * Parent-Infant Program * Parent-Young Child Program * Public Health NursingEarly Head Start (EHS) Family Outreach ServicesCapital Area Community Services- Head Start Ingham County Health Department727 North Jenison 5303 S. Cedar StreetLansing, MI 48915 Lansing, MI 48911(517) 372-9411 ext . 1 (517) 272-4122Description: EHS is a comprehensive program, providing Description: Provides home based servicesweekly home visits to program families, prenatal to age to pregnant women and families with childrenthree. Visits focus on positive parent/child interactions and ages 3 and under. Services focus onhealthy child growth and development. enhancing family functioning, providingEligibility: Pregnant women or parents of a child 0 to prenatal education and strategies to promotethree in Ingham County. Must meet 100% of Federal a healthy pregnancy, promote positivePoverty guidelines, are homeless or in foster care. parent-child interactions and support healthyWebsite: childhood growth and development. VisitsContact: Wendy McBride, EHS Manager - are family focused and frequency can individualized. Eligibility: Ingham county resident who is on Medicaid or who is eligible to be on Medicaid.Early On Website:Ingham Intermediate School District W. Howell Rd., Mason, MI 48854 (517) 244-4514 FamilyOutreachServices.aspxProgram Description: Developmental evaluation to Contact: Lisa Chambers - lchambers@ingham.orgdetermine eligibility and needs. If eligible and parentsdesire services, an Individualized Family Service Plan is Family Preservation Servicesdeveloped. Services are provided within a family’s daily St. Vincent’s Catholic Charitiesroutines in their home, at daycare or at a community 2800 West Willow St. Lansing, MIplaygroup, weekly to monthly, depending on the needs. 48917 (517) 323-4734 ext. 1610Services may be provided by early childhood special Description: Helps at-risk families to improve basiceducation teachers, speech, occupational or physical parenting skills. Services included: parentingtherapists, or early interventionists. education, household management, health andEligibility: Residents of Ingham Intermediate School nutrition, hygiene, budgeting, locating permanentDistrict service area, birth to three years old, with housing and referrals to community resources.developmental delays or at risk of developing delays due to Eligibility: Families referred by Ingham County Childmedical or mental health conditions or disability determined Protective Servicesthrough developmental evaluation. Services are free for Website:eligible children and their families. There are no income www.stvcc.orgrequirements. Contact: Heather AkersWebsite: Michelle Nicholson – Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact: 
  12. 12. Great Parents, Great StartIngham Intermediate School District Parent-Young Child Program2630 W. Howell Rd., Mason, MI Description: Home-based assessment and interventions48854 (517) 244-1384 to help families meet their preschooler’s emotional andDescription: Parent-child activities, parent education and developmental needs. A therapist works with the family to identify strengths and remove obstacles to achieve goalsdevelopmental screenings as well as connecting families to such as strengthening parent-child relationship, assuringcommunity resources. Home visits done at least twice a child’s safety, building parents’ daily living skills, helping themonth and provide parents information on child parent cope effectively with stress, increasing the child’sdevelopment and age-appropriate activities for their ability to behave age-appropriately, to manage emotionalchildren to promote school readiness and support high distress and to function in daycare/preschool. Eligibility:quality early education and care. Eligibility: Residents of Families with a child between the ages of 3 to 5 years. AtIngham Intermediate School District service area, birth least one of the following must apply: preschooler is displaying significant social, emotional or behavioralto age five. Services are free and there are no income or difficulties. For residents of Ingham and Clinton countieseligibility requirements. the child must have Medicaid, MI Child or be low-incomeWebsite: with no insurance. There are no insurance requirements forContact: Michelle Nicholson - children residing in Eaton County. Website: www.ceicmh.orgParent-Infant Program Contact: Fran Jozefowicz - - (517)Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton Eaton 887-5250Ingham Counties838 Louisa St., Suite D Lansing, MITo request services: (517)346-8318 or 1(888)800-1559 Public Health NursingDescription: Home-based assessment and family focused Ingham County Health Departmentinterventions to help families meet their infant’s emotional 5303 South Cedar St. Lansing, MI 48911and developmental needs. A therapist works with the family (517) 887-4322to identify strengths and remove obstacles in order to Description: Public health nurses can visit you in yourachieve goals such as strengthening parent-child home, talk to you by phone or see you at a clinic orrelationship, assuring child’s safety, building parents’ daily school. Services include: pregnancy care, family planningliving skills and helping the parent cope effectively with and parenting support.stress. Families receive services at least weekly. Eligibility: Ingham County resident referred by your Eligibility: Families in the tri-county (Clinton, Eaton or doctor, hospital or self-referral.Ingham) area who have a baby or child under the age of Website: or are expecting a baby. The recipient of services must services.aspxhave Medicaid, MIChild or be low-income with no Contact: Julie Dingersoninsurance.Website: www.ceicmh.orgContact: Fran Jozefowicz - - (517)887-5250 Ingham GSC, Birth to Five Mission: Every family has access to a universal, comprehensive, and collaborative system of community based early childhood programs, services, and supports. Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact: 
  13. 13. PARENT-CHILD ACTIVITIESOngoing activities parent & child (0-5) attend together. * Capital Area District Library * East Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts * East Lansing Public Library * Haslett Community Education * Holt Community Education * Impression 5 Science Center * Ingham Play and Learn Groups * Lansing Parks & Recreation * Mason Community Education * MSU Community Music School * Okemos Community Education * PLAY. * YMCA of LansingCapital Area District Library East Lansing Public Library401 S. Capitol Ave. Lansing, MI 48901 950 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823(517) 367-6300 (517) 351-2420The library operates thirteen libraries in Ingham County. Parent-Child activities: Baby Storytime (up to 2 yrs.).Check for the closest Check for current events andbranch and to see what specific parent-child activities are activities.available. Main Website: www.elpl.orgDansville: Movers & Readers Storytime (1-3 years); Facebook: Toddler Storytime (1-3 years); Foster: Babies Twitter: Books (6-18 months), Toddler Storytime (18-36months); Haslett: Toddler Storytime (2-3 1/2 years); Holt-Delhi: Movers & Readers (1-3 years); Mason: Movers & Haslett Community EducationReaders Storytime (6 months-2 1/2 years); Okemos: 1590 Franklin St. Haslett, MI 48840Baby Storytime (0-2 years), Toddler Storytime (2-3 years); (517) 339-2665South Lansing: Movers & Readers (1 1/2-3 years) Parent-Tot Water Exploration: For tots ages 6-36Main Website: months and their parent.Facebook: Pint Size Picassos: For ages 2-5 (and a parent/Twitter: guardian). Kids get to create with paints, playdough, homemade musical instruments and outdoor art. Website: Lansing Parks, Recreation & Arts dept.php?sectiondetailid=323&410 Abbot Rd. Room 211, East Lansing, MI 48823(517) 319-6809Eligibility: Classes are for both city residents and non- Holt Community Educationresidents (pay higher fee). 5885 West Holt Rd., Holt, MI 48842Tiny Tumblers for Terrific Twos: Students will move to (517) 694-3411improve motor skills and enhance social awareness. Parent/Tot Swim: For ages 6 months to 3 years.Parent and Child Aquatics (Ages 6 months +): An Gymnastics Preschool: A fun way to develop strength,introduction to the water for children. flexibility and coordination. Parents must participate inWebsite: classes for ages 2 - 3 1/2.Departments/ParksRecreationArts/ Website: Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact: 
  14. 14. to swimming. Children not potty trained must wear a swim diaper. Parent must be in the water with their child.Impression 5 Science Center Fin Buddies (3-4 years): This class is designed for200 Museum Drive, Lansing, MI 48933 children who have no previous water experience or have(517) 485-8116 not reached the 42” height requirement for level classes.First Impressions Room: A room designed to offer safe, Children not potty trained must wear a swim diaper.inspirational space where infants, toddlers and their Parent must be in the water with their child.parents can play and explore. Perfectly Petrified Tykes (3-5 years): Intended for theLittle Learners Parent-Child Lab: Designed especially child or parent who is new and/or fearful of the water. Willfor 1- to 4-year-olds, each series is five weeks long and help prepare the child for a class without parents.introduces learners to science topics through exploratory Youth Art Class (2-5 years): A fun art class whereplay, songs, books, and activities. Series is $35 for children create art with their parents.members and $50 for non-members. Parents are free but Website:! communityeducation.htmlWebsite: www.impression5.comFacebook: MSU Community Music SchoolTwitter: 841 Timberlane St., Suite B, East Lansing, MI 48823 (517) 355-7661 Early Childhood Music Classes: An infant/toddler classIngham Play and Learn Groups is offered for children ages 3 and younger. Children attendIngham Intermediate School District music class with a parent or caregiver. Learn more at:2630 W. Howell Rd., Mason, MI 48854 244-1384 Website: www.cms.msu.eduPlaygroups: Provides activities for families to play Contact: Katie Pletka - - (517)alongside their children and explore many developmental 355-7661 ext. 13domains including sensory experiences, motor skills, andlanguage skills. Information on topics related to young Okemos Community Educationchildren and parenting is shared, as well as connections to 4000 Okemos Rd. Okemos, MI 48864community resources. Groups are offered in a variety of (517) 706-5020locations across the Ingham service area. Parent/Tot Swim: Ages 3 months and up. Parent mustEligibility: Parents with children ages birth to 5 accompany child in pool. Children who are not toiletWebsite: trained must wear waterproof diaper and plastic diaperFor registration call: (517) 244-1267 or Website: www.okemosonline.comLansing Parks and Recreation124 W. Michigan Ave. Lansing, MI 48933 PLAY.(517) 483-4277 4972 Northwind Drive,Aquatics: Bobbin Babes (6 months - 2 years), Tiny East Lansing, MI 48823Tots (2-5 years), Babes & Tots (1-5 years) - Classes Contact: email Kasey atgeared towards a parent and child with emphasis on fun, info@playeastlansing.comsafety and gaining confidence in the water. East Lansing’s own eco-friendly, indoor playspace full ofSports & Fitness: Tot Time (Ages 5 and under) - Open activities for infants, toddlers, and children up to sixtime for parents to bring preschool age children to our gym years play. Adults must accompany and supervise their Cost: One child: $8, each additional sibling: $4. Infantschildren; Tiny Tumblers For 2’s (Age 2) - Parent (non-walkers) free with paid sibling.participation is required as your child will be introduced to Website: tumbling mat and the basics of tumbling, includingrolling, jumping and form.Eligibility: Classes are for both city residents and non-residents (pay higher fee).Website: Community Education1001 S. Barnes St. Mason, MI 48854(517) 244-6416Water Babies (6 months-2 years): A safe fun introduction Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact: 
  15. 15. YMCA of Lansing Activities are for members. Non-members Parkwood Branchpay higher fee. 2306 Haslett Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823; (517) 827-Parent-Child Activities: Activities vary by branch 9680and time of the year. Contact your nearest branch for Family Time: Kids Gym (Parents/Kids agesspecific program details. 0-3) Parent Tot Swim: (ages 0-3)Downtown YMCA Wellness Center N. Washington Sq. Lansing, MI 48933; (517) tml Westside Community Branch827-9640 3700 Old Lansing Rd., Lansing, MI 48917; (517) 827-Mom & Baby Yoga Pre-Pike: Parent/Child Swim (agesdowntownymcawellnesscenter. 2-4) Swim Lessions: Parent/Childhtml Oak Park Branch (ages 0-2)900 Long Blvd., Lansing, MI 48911; (517) 827-9700 & Tot Gymnastics (1-4) westsidecommunityymca.htmlPre-Pike: Parent/Child Swim (2-4) Main Website: Ingham GSC, Birth to Five Mission: Every family has access to a universal, comprehensive, and collaborative system of community-based early childhood programs, services, and supports. Ingham Great Start Collaborative 517-244-1267 For updates or corrections, please contact: