The partnerships between each local school district, Allegan Area ESA, and the Michigan Department of Education's Early Childhood Grant create several family support opportunities through each local district Family Coach.
A parent cafe is based on the Strengthening Families Framework and the Five Protective Factors. Each Parent Cafe provides a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, make friends, share parenting experiences and ideas that help us to take care of ourselves, raise strong children, and build relationships with our kids. Parent Cafes also help to build support for parent by parent, which in turn will create strong families and strong communities.
Contact your local Family Coach for Parent Cafe opportunities!
Playgroups - March 2019 Calendar
FREE monthly playgroups for children birth to five years of age. Each playgroup consists of several activity stations to promote physical, academic, and social skills. A free book and snack is also provided.
FREE Parenting Workshops. We offer free childcare and dinner for each workshop. There will be a wide variety of topics such as Child Development, School Readiness, Stress Management, and Behavior.
Free Developmental Screening
Family coaches offer free developmental screenings as well as strategies and tools to support different developmental milestones using the ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) and/or ASQ_SE (Ages and Stages Questionnaire-Social Emotional). Please call your local family coach for more information or complete an online ASQ here. For more information or questions, please contact: Melissa Badillo (269) 512-7747 for general information or a district Family Coach Contact.
View district specific websites and family coach contact information/resources below:
Allegan, Amy Rogers
Fennville, Dolores Benincasa
Hopkins, Heather Miling
Otsego, Heather Badders
Plainwell, Becky Huberty
Wayland, Laurie Zywiczynski