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  Baby Your Baby Hotline
The Baby Your Baby program was designed to provide helpful information for parents and their children. From financial help to preparing for pregnancy, the Baby Your Baby professionals are available for assistance. 1-800-826-9662.

Breastfeeding Support Group
The Breastfeeding Support Group meets from 1-3pm at the Hillsdale Community Health Agency, the fourth Wednesday of each month. For more information, contact Andrea Bricker, Healthy Beginnings, 20 Care Drive, Hillsdale, MI 49242; 517-437-7395, ext. 116.

Caring for My Family
A curriculum for single parents of children ages 7-12 weeks focusing on the importance of marriage and strong relationships in the lives of children. This is offered by the Michigan State University Extension Office. Contact Candace Gardiner (439-9301) for registration information.

Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness (CAPA)
The mission of CAPA is to promote the prevention and awareness of child abuse and neglect through education, information, and collaboration, and to advocate for appropriate social change. CAPA works with local and state agencies to develop programs that address the specific needs of our community's children. Programs include, but are not limited to, Never Shake a Baby Campaign, The Children's Yellow Pages, Real Men Rock, etc. CAPA can be reached at: P.O.Box 236, Hillsdale, MI 49242; 517-437-3100 or,

Connect For Kids
This website helps adults make their communities better places for families and children by providing solutions-oriented coverage of critical issues for children and families.

Hillsdale County Down Syndrome Support Group
The Hillsdale County Down Syndrome Support Group is a support group for parents of children who have Down Syndrome. We meet on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. We also have family events throughout the year in order to get to know each other and celebrate special events. It is a very family friendly group. For more information, contact Paula Hayne at 517-439-8351, or

I Am Your Child Foundation
Information for parents when raising their children.

Infant Massage
Infant massage classes are available free of charge for all parents and young children in Hillsdale County. Classes are offered by certified instructors, Sharon Roberts, PT, and Jamie Nickerson, PTA. Classes are offered six times per year at the Hillsdale County Community Health Agency. (Infant massage is recommended for children aged one month through crawling age.) Please contact Sharon Roberts or Jamie Monahan for scheduling and registration information. Hillsdale County Intermediate School District, 310 West Bacon Road, Hillsdale, MI 49242; 517-437-0990; or

LaLeche League
A monthly gathering to help mothers learn good mothering techniques through breastfeeding. All mothers with babies and expectant mothers are welcome to join. Toddlers and older children are also welcome. Meetings are held at the Hillsdale Library, 11 E. Bacon St., Hillsdale, MI 49242, from 10am to Noon. For further information, call 439-9307.

Mended Little Hearts
Mended Little Hearts is a support program for families of infants and children with congenital heart defects and disease. By speaking with a trained parent volunteer whose family has survived this same difficult situation, parents in crisis can work through their overwhelming emotions as they focus on vital medical decisions. Through the support system and educational resources of Mended Little Hearts, families will be able to develop an immediate connection and gain a sense of hope for the future. Families will also be able to hear Pediatric Cardiac Care Providers speak at monthly support meetings. If you or someone you know would be interested in more information, please have them contact Sandi Mallago at 517-254-4390.

Mother's Circle
This group meets during the day and consists of a networking group and services for mothers of young children who are staying home or working part time. Some services include: Mother's Morning Out and Natural Family Planning. For more information, contact Maria Ansett at St. Anthony's Church, 11 N. Broad St., Hillsdale, MI 49242; 517-437-3305.

Parent Helpline
Hotline for Parents in crisis or individuals dealing with parenting issues. Assist in reporting abuse, explore individual situations and help problem solve. This helpline is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. 1-800-942-4357.

Prenatal Classes
Hillsdale Community Health Center offers prenatal classes to expectant parents who will deliver at that facility. The classes offer all aspects of pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Call to register or get additional information, 517-437-5280.

R.E.A.D.Y. Program
A national award-winning program developed by education and early childhood experts to provide parents and caregivers with information and materials to help give young children a great start. Kits are provided locally at no-cost to first time parents, and medicaid eligible families. Ordering information for additional kits are available on the READY website.

Speech and Language Help
A resource for speech and language development in young children. The American Speech and Hearing Association website will clarify questions parents may have involving this development in their children.

Wonder Years
Newsletters and developmental guides to help parents navigate the years from birth to five years.

Zero to Three
Discusses the importance of key activities in a childs development, and the creative ways parents and adults can enhance these components.

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