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Parent Resource Guide

This Parent Resource Guide is the result of ongoing interagency efforts among the Ingham Great Start Collaborative (GSC) partners. The Parent Resource Guide was the idea of the Ingham GSC Parent Education Workgroup. The Workgroup acted on the idea and started the project by gathering the initial information. With support from an Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC) Implementation Grant, additional resources were dedicated to the completion of the project. The goal of the Resource Guide is to give parents information about a variety of education, supports and services that help strengthen the vital roles families play in their children’s development.

The Parent Resource Guide is a work in progress. Community resources and programs are always changing. Please let us know about any additions or corrections by emailing We use the term parent to generically refer to any significant adult caregiver in a young child’s life including grandparents, foster parents and significant others. Over the years, we have developed a basic criteria for the resources offered in this guide, including free or low cost, fun, and family oriented, as evaluated by the parents who are raising (a) child(ren) prenatal through age eight.

The information in this Parent Resource Guide will be shared with the community through a variety of media. The information in this directory is also being included in the Central Michigan 2-1-1 Community Agency database, which can be accessed by dialing the mid- Michigan area 211 or at If you wish to print sections of the Parent Resource Guide or the entire document, the PDF files are available at the Ingham GSC website (

The Parent Resource Guide is divided into six sections by category: Prenatal Education; Parenting Classes; Parent Support Groups; Parenting Resources; Home Visitation; and Parent-Child Activities. In order to efficiently use the publication space, we have listed each agency based on its primary or basic service. All the programs listed have services that are focused on families with children ages birth to eight.

The Parent Resource Guide can be browsed, downloaded, and printed below:


Download Parent Resource Guide (Updated August 2018) or browse each section below:

* Prenatal Education

* Parenting Classes

* Parent Support Groups

* Parenting Resources

* Home Visitation

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Dates and times of Ingham Great Start Collaborative meetings and work groups.

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Ingham Play & Learn Groups

Play and Learn Groups provide activities for families to play alongside their children and explore many developmental domains. Check out the most recent Play and Learn Group Schedule Here

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Great Start Family Coalition

Serves as a sounding board for parent members of the Great Start Collaborative (GSC)

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Document Library

Important information, files and resources

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