Free Home Visiting Programs There’s a lot going on in your life when you’re parenting. Getting away from your home can be hard. So we put together Berrien Parents Care to help you give your child a great start right where you live. By registering with the Berrien Parents Care, you’ll find FREE services that you may not have heard about. You do not need transportation to use these services, these programs bring the services to your home. Free Home Visiting Programs
Great Start to Quality is the best tool for families in Michigan looking for child care or preschool. Every licensed and registered program and provider, including Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs, is listed in an easy-to-use search engine. Families can search by Zip code, hours of operation or something even more specific. For example, if a child has a food allergy or special need, families can search using that detail to find a program that meets their needs. The only place families can see the Great Start to Quality star rating is on greatstarttoquality.org. The star ratings show how programs and providers scored on a quality rating scale. This rating scale was designed by experts and parents to help families find the highest quality setting to support their child for success in school and life. greatstarttoquality.org is free and accessible 24/7. Other resources available at greatstarttoquality.org include a Child Care Checklist in the Parent Toolkit that is easily printed or viewed on any device, and licensing reports that show inspections, violations and corrections. Read more at greatstarttoquality.org
berriencountyParentNET.org connects parents to local resources — including healthcare, schools, activities, and parenting support.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library brings books to children’s homes. From birth until they turn five years old, children enrolled in the program will receive a new, age-appropriate book mailed to their home each month. By the time they enter kindergarten, children will have their own library of books and be more prepared to enter school and become readers.
United Way has secured funding for all of Berrien County and Cass Counties.
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