Early Childhood Community Resources for Families with Young Children Age Birth-to-Six
Successful Futures (Bay County)
Successful Futures serves pregnant women and families with young children age birth to six years in Bay County. Services include screening to determine family needs, referrals to community resources, postpartum home visits, phone line for resource information, and developmental screenings. There is no charge for services. Contact the MSU Extension at (989) 895-4026 for more information.
Bay Arenac Early On
Early On provides services to children birth through age 2 who have a developmental delay, a handicapping condition or who have a condition that is likely to result in a developmental delay. Services include case coordination, linking and referral to community resources, speech and language services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, play groups, lending library and access to respite and special needs money. There is no charge for Early On services. To request services call (989) 893-0075.
Maternal and Infant Health Program (MIHP) provides services to pregnant women and teens and families with children age birth to three years that have Medicaid. Services are provided by a team of professionals that include a nurse, dietician and social worker. Services include case coordination, linking and referral to community services, nursing, dietary/nutrition, prenatal care, social work services, breastfeeding support, and information on child development and effective parenting strategies. Services are typically provided in the family home. In Bay County call (989) 895-4004 and in Arenac County call (989) 846-6541.
Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS): Provides assistance to families who have a child with an eligible medical cond
The Health Department also offers an Immunization Clinic, STD Clinic, Lead Testing, and the Women, Infant, and Children's Nutrition Program (WIC).
NEMCSA Head Start and Early Head Start
Head Start and Early Head Start programs are offered by Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMCSA). Head Start-Early Head Start provides services to children from birth to five years old and to pregnant women. The program is free to those who qualify. Head Start/Early Head Start is a federally funded program that provides comprehensive services including health services, child development, early education services, and access to community resources. The program reserves ten percent of total enrollments for inclusion of children with disabilities.
Early Head Start (EHS) programs provide services to pregnant women, children and their families through the first three years of life. Early and continuous services provide the best opportunity for healthy pregnancies, supportive postpartum care, and nurturing and responsive care during infancy. The program seeks to promote learning by fostering developmental competence during the earliest years of childhood. Services are delivered in the home and at the Early Head Start center.
Head Start (HS) programs provide services to children ages three to five years old. Preschool education is delivered in center-based and home-based settings. Head Start seeks to provide the foundations for school readiness by fostering developmental competence during the years prior to entering kindergarten. The program also supports parents in meeting the needs of their families in order to enhance the child's ability to learn and succeed in school.
Contact 1-800-968-2226 (x 219 HS, x 273 EHS) for more information.
Arenac County: 1-866-851-1667
Bay County: 1-800-795-8131 or 893-8131
The Preschool Partnership program is a centralized process to help families with low income and risk factors access pre-school programs such as Head Start and the Michigan School Readiness Programs. Eligible families will be matched with the most appropriate program based on their identified needs. There is no charge.
Bay Regional Medical Center
Bay Regional Medical Center offers a variety of Childbirth Education Classes including one specific to teen parents, Infant/Child CPR Classes, Fitness Classes, a Postpartum Depression Support Group, Happiest Baby on the Block classes and a Daddy Boot Camp for new dads.
For information about the groups or classes, contact (989) 894-8617 or go to Bay Regional Medical Center website at www.baymed.org.
Many classes and groups are offered free of charge.
The Breastfeeding Peer Support Program offers support to pregnant women and new moms related to infant nutrition & breast-feeding. They offer a Breastfeeding Club which breastfeeding moms find very helpful in order to socialize with other moms and learn usefil tips. Family Nutrition and Budgeting classes are available to families through one on one home visits or classes in the office. The Building Strong Families Program is an educational series for parents with young children age birth to five. All services are free. For information programs contact the Arenac County office at (989) 846-4111 or the Bay County office at (989) 895-4026.
Women and Children's Specialty Program (Substance Abuse Services)
Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Services are available to women who are pregnant, who have an infant up to one year old, who are involved with protective services and/or who have been an IV drug user within the past 10 years. Services include counseling, transportation, linking and coordinating with community resources and help with childcare. Services are covered by Medicaid and for those without Medicaid the cost may be covered through block grant funds. To request services call 1-800-448-5498 or for more information contact the Women and Children's Specialty Coordinator at (989) 895-2371.
Bay Arenac Behavioral Health
Bay County Office
1010 N. Madison
Bay City, MI 48708
Ave 1000 W. Cedar St.
Standish, MI 48658
The Infant Mental Health Program and the Home Based Services Program provide intensive home based services to families with young children age birth through five years. Professional social workers and counselors work with families to encourage positive parent-child interactions, address mental health concerns, resolve family difficulties that are interfering with the parent child relationship and the healthy development of the infant or young child, and provide information on effective parenting techniques. Services include individual and family therapy, case management, access to psychiatric and medication services, and education on parenting and child development issues.
To request services call the Access Center at 1-800-448-5498.
Bay Arenac ISD
The Imagination Library provides a free hard cover book by mail every month for all children in Bay and Arenac County from birth to age 5 years. Call (989) 667-3280 to request an enrollment form.
The Starting Strong Program offers a variety of services to families with young children age birth to five who live in Bay and Arenac County. The goal is to help families lay the foundation for school readiness. Services include home visits, educational opportunities, field trips & special events, interactive parent-child play groups, and help connecting with local resources. Services are free. For more information call (989) 667-3263.
Special Education services are available for infants and toddlers and their families in Bay and Arenac County. Children age birth to 5 who meet eligibility criteria can receive education services prior to entering school. Services may include teacher services, speech and language services, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Contact Project Find at (989) 893-0075 for information.
Saginaw Valley Regional 4C
Provides information and referral services for families needing Day Care assistance. They will provide a list of licensed day care sites to families based on their identified needs as well as give information on community resources available to help fund day care. Services are free. For information or to request assistance in Bay County call (989) 667-8964 ext. #266. In Arenac County call (989) 846-0549. The state toll free help line is 1-866-4childcare.
Beacon of Hope-Pregnancy Care Center
Beacon of Hope provides crisis and unplanned pregnancy services including free pregnancy testing and counseling. They assist women in exploring their options regarding parenting, adoption, and abortion. They also provide information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases. The center is located at 212 Morton Street, Bay City, MI 48706. Hours are Tuesday from 3:00-7:00pm and Thursdays from 11:00am-3:00pm. No appointment is necessary. Call (989)893-3539 for information.
Parent Involvement and Education CenterÂ - Bay City Public Schools
Promotes healthy parent-child relationships, helping to assure that each child learns, develops, and grows ready for school. With the assistance of Parent Educators, parents are able to identify individual parenting goals and create a program that works best for their family. Opportunities for parents include free classes, connections to community and web-based resources, information about free community services and early literacy screening prior to children entering kindergarten in a Bay City Public School. For information contact them at (989)667-3280.
The Center is located at 805 Washington Ave in Downtown Bay City (next to Chemical Bank.)
Teen Parenting Outreach Program
The Teen Parenting Outreach Program assists pregnant or parenting teens up to age 21. Services include teen-centered parenting classes and groups, life skills training, outreach/ home visits, health education workshops, career and education planning and linkage to community resources including medical care. Participation in the program offers the ability to earn credits to purchase items from the incentive closet. For questions or to enroll in the program, call Kari at Lutheran Child and Family Services at (989) 686-7650.
Bay Arenac Call Center
If you are looking for a community resource and don't know where to find it â€“ call the Bay Arenac Call Center located at the United Way of Bay County. They can help you locate a community resource in Bay or Arenac County. They maintain a complete listing of community services, organizations, and agencies. They may be reached at (989) 893-2211 or 1-800-514-4211.
This information is provided as a courtesy by:
Bay Arenac Behavioral Health
To Request Services: 1-800-448-5498
Emergency Services 24 hours day: (989) 895-2300 or 1-800-327-4693