Free Family Services
Family support and coaching offers free and low-cost coaching programs for Ottawa area families from pregnancy through the start of kindergarten. Parents are matched with a friendly and experienced coach who provides services such as answering parenting questions, providing prenatal support and helping find services for mothers, families, and children.
Throughout pregnancy and children 0–3 years
Early Head Start (EHS) provides weekly visits lasting approximately 1.5 hours in your home that focus on enjoying your role as a parent, developing the necessary skills to enhance your child’s development, day to day concerns, and parenting information and support on behavior management. Socialization events are also held twice per month offering fun and educational activities for the enrolled child and their family. This program is year-round and is free for low-income families (according to federal guidelines or special needs), pregnant women and children ages 0-3 years. Early Head Start is run by Child Development Services of Ottawa Area, Inc.
Weekly visits focusing on enjoying your role as a parent, enhancing your child’s development, day to day concerns, and support on behavior management. Available for families who meet federal poverty guidelines or who have special needs.
For families with children 0–3 years
Early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delay(s) and/or disabilities and their families. Addressing delays early on can more effectively impact a child’s development.
If you think that your child’s growth, learning, or social skills are not the same as those of other children the same age, the sooner you check it out the better. Call Early On® Michigan. We’ll talk with you and refer you to an Early On Coordinator close to your home. Your Coordinator can also give you information on things that you can do to help your child grow and learn. We want your child to have a Great Start in life. Call us. We’re here to help.
Throughout pregnancy and children 0–1 year
Partnering with Medicaid-eligible families to provide caring, trusted, and knowledgeable services and supports. Our home visitors serve the goals and needs of each family through prenatal support, parenting and child development education, nutrition information and more.
The Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is a FREE program designed to help you- as an expecting parent – and your new baby, receive help and support when you need it most. Monthly visits are scheduled at your convenience in your home or in the community to help you and your baby get the best start possible. Contact Ottawa Area Department of Public Health to learn more.
Throughout pregnancy and children 0–5 years
Parents as Teachers (PAT), is a home visiting program run by the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. PAT partners with families expecting a child or with children through age five; providing information on child development, community resources, and family support. PAT helps to ensure children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The program includes home visits, community Play n Learn groups, developmental screenings and a resource network for families.
For Native and Non-Native families.
Offers support for pregnancy, parenting, and meeting family goals; nutrition and breast feeding support; and home management.
For children and their families based on need and eligibility.
Family services provides behavioral health supports, services and treatment for children age 0–21, and their families.