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  Parent Resource Guide
The Ingham GSC publishes a Parent Resource Guide that includes community agency descriptions and contact information on the following six topics: Prenantal Education; Parent Education Classes; Parent Support Groups; Parenting Resources; Home Visitation; and Parent-Child Activities. The Parent Resource Guide can be browsed, downloaded, and printed from the Ingham GSC website listed below.

Child birth preparation, and prenatal information

The Birthing Center at Ingham Regional Medical Center
401 West Greenlawn, Lansing, MI 48910 (517) 975-7329
Expectant/New Parent Assistance: Provides classes for expectant parents on Lamaze, labor, delivery and recovery, parenting, bonding, vaginal and caesarean birth.
Eligibility: Open to all expectant parents
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Capital Area Birth Network
P.O. Box 575 Haslett, MI 48840
Description: The Network is an organization of individuals and professionals committed to helping women and families have safe and fulfilling pregnancy and birth experiences. We promote mother-friendly care through advocacy, information and support.
Eligibility: Open to all expectant parents
Meetings: The Network holds free and public monthly informational meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at First Christian Church in Lansing.
Contact: Lucinda Molzan - (517) 402-5694 /

Expectant Parents Organization
271 Woodland Pass, Suite 214, East Lansing, 48823
(517) 337-7365
Programs Offered: Classes providing information about pregnancy, childbirth and parenting the newborn.
Ongoing Classes: Prenatal Combo (Labor & Delivery, Newborn Care & Feeding - Can be taken in 4-week, 3-week, 1 day or online format), Breastfeeding Class, Multiples Class, Teen Prenatal Series, Sibling Class, Private Class, The Best Newborn Care Class Ever, Tours of Sparrow Hospitals Mother Baby and Labor Delivery Units
Eligibility: Open to all expectant parents. Financial assistance is available.
Facebook Page:
Contact: Carol Buzzitta -

Greenhouse Birth Center
1831 Newman Rd., Okemos, MI 48840
(517) 349-2620
Programs Offered: Prenatal, labor, delivery, postpartum care and childbirth class for birth center clients. Ongoing support includes groups for postpartum moms and babies.
Ongoing Classes: Active Birth Class, Empowered Childbirth Class, Peaceful Beginnings, Hypnobirthing Class, Private classes, Weekly Open House including a tour of the birth center.
Eligibility: Open to all expectant parents.
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Pregnancy Services of Lansing
Services: Offers free of charge: pregnancy testing, counseling, limited ultrasounds, referrals for insurance, pregnancy information, support services and baby supplies. See website for entire range of services offered. West side location only offers referrals, free pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, pregnancy information and counseling. Learn and Earn clients are referred to the East Lansing location.
Eligibility: Open to all.
Lansing location: 420 Elmwood (One block south of Saginaw, across from Meijer); (517) 580-8185; Hours: 10:30-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; Contact:
East Lansing location: 1045 E. Grand River (next to MSU Campus, across from the 2-story McDonalds); (517) 332-0633; Hours: 10-4 p.m. Monday - Friday; Contact:

Prenatal Classes - ICHD
Ingham County Health Department
5303 South Cedar Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 272-4129
Description: A six-week prenatal class offered at the ICHD. Class topics will focus on: newborn care and feeding, postpartum care, family planning, healthy behaviors, exercise/relaxation and nutrition.
Eligibility: African American women with their first pregnancy who are entering their third trimester of care.
Contact: Sarah Rowe -

Shared Pregnancy
503 North Walnut, Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 484-0365
Services: Free pregnancy tests, non-diagnostic ultrasound, confidential counseling, maternity clothes, referrals for medical care, housing, adoption and post-adoption counseling. Open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Learn and Earn Program: A series of parenting and life skill classes and videos in which parents can earn points by attending classes and watching videos. Points are then traded in for items for their baby.
Eligibility: Open to expectant parents and parents with young children.
Contact: Saralee Howard, Exec. Director -


Parenting classes for parents of young children

CACS Head Start
Capital Area Community Services
1107 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906
Proud Fathers Program: A 10-week parenting course for fathers. Includes free meals, transportation assistance, childcare & a gift for course completion.
Reflections: A parenting course for mothers.
Eligibility: Be a parent/caregiver of child enrolled in the Head Start program
Contact: Sharon Rogers -

Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS)
4287 Five Oaks Drive, Lansing, MI 48911
Programs offered: Love and Logic class (0 to 3 year olds), Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun (0 to 3 year olds).
Eligibility: No eligibility requirements for classes.
Contact: Rachel Prosen -

Cristo Rey Community Center
1717 N. High St., Lansing, MI 48906
Family Nurturing Program: A 10-week parenting program for parents of infants, toddlers and young children. Classes are ongoing throughout the year and participants may begin at any time. Cost is $10/session or is free with a DHS worker referral. A CATA bus stops right outside the center.
Eligibility: Open to all parents of infants, toddlers and young children
Contact: Sara Mitchell - or phone at: (517)372-4700 ext. 140

Eaton Intermediate School District
1790 East Packard Highway, Charlotte, MI 48813
(517)541-8711 or (517)541-8760
Parenting Classes: Becoming a Love & Logic Parent, Family Nurturing (for parents of infants, toddlers and young children), Proud Fathers.
Eligibility: Open to all parents and caregivers in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties
Contact: Jodi Anthony, Program Assistant - / (517)541-8765

Lansing Public Schools
Hill Center on 5815 Wise Rd., Lansing, MI 48911
Programs offered: Offers various parenting classes and workshops at no charge (small charge for materials), often with free childcare and food. Classes are usually held from 6 to 8 p.m.
Love & Logic for Early Childhood: 5 week class for parents of children birth to 5.
Nurturing Parent Program: 15 week class for parents of prenatal and children birth to 5.
ABC's of Parenting: 7 week class for parents of children entering kindergarten.
Eligibility: Open to all parents.
Contact: Carolyn Stone -


Support groups or programs for parents of young children.

Capital Mothers of Multiples Club
Description: A non-profit support and social group for mothers of multiples (twins, triplets, or more). Our monthly meetings always include "Multiple Mania," a lively discussion of the challenges of raising multiples. Yearly activities include: family parties four times a year, a garage sale, a Mom's Night Out and a Parent's Night Out.
Eligibility: To join, all you need to do is come to a meeting.
Contact: Please contact us at

Doulas Care
2500 Packard St. Suite 101, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(866) 845-0003 (toll-free)
Description: An organization working to improve maternal and infant health outcomes and reduce health disparities by matching qualified volunteer doulas with pregnant women and adolescents who have limited resources.
Services: During your pregnancy, birth doulas help you prepare for your birth and create a birth plan. During labor, birth doulas stay with you and provide reassurance, encouragement and physical support.
Eligibility: Free services for qualifying low-income women in Washtenaw, Ingham, Wayne, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, Lapeer, Genesee, Lenawee, Jackson and Monroe county. Also offers affordable birth services for $350 and postpartum services on a sliding scale for families outside the range of free services.
Contact: Marylee Scherdt -

Family Growth Center
Mount Hope FGC - Bethlehem Lutheran Church
549 E. Mt. Hope Ave., Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 371-1347
Circle of Parents: An ongoing support group for all parents. Currently every Wednesday at Mt. Hope FGC only from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Eligibility: Open to all.
Contact: Kathy Kelley -

Kinship Care Support Group
Allen Neighborhood Center
1619 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912
(517) 999-3912
Description: A support group offering caregivers a place to share concerns and make connections with other kinship families. Meets on the second Saturday of each month, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Snacks and childcare are provided. Contact: Joan Nelson -

La Leche League of Delta-Waverly
Hotline: (517)321-1818
Meeting info: Series meeting in the morning (2nd Wednesday at 10 a.m.), Series meeting in the evening (3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.), Question and Answer meeting (4th Wednesday, except in December, at 10 a.m.). Contact a leader for info on meeting locations.
Eligibility: All breastfeeding mothers and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to a meeting or call one of the leaders for help or information. Babies are welcome and meetings are free and open to all.
Leader contacts: Mary Ann (517-321-1818), Jaime (517-853-0728), Keisha (517-272-0112)

La Leche League of East Lansing
Meeting info: Series meetings are on the first Wednesday. of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings take place at First Christian Church on 1001 Chester Road in Lansing.
Eligibility: All breastfeeding mothers and mothers- to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to come to a meeting or call one of the leaders for breastfeeding help or information. Babies are welcome and meetings are free and open to all.
Leader contacts: LLL leaders are available by phone whenever you have breastfeeding questions or concerns. Please call either Laura at (517) 543-6177 or Sara at (517) 372-8780.

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)
Description: Meet on a regular basis to celebrate the joys of motherhood and to encourage each other through the challenges of parenting. MOPS groups are chartered thru local faith-based organizations and church ministries.
Eligibility: Mothers with preschool age children.
The groups meet at the following locations:
Trinity Church-East Lansing: (; 3355 Dunkel Rd. Lansing, MI 48911; (517)272-3820; Meetings 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 9:15-11:30 a.m.
St. David's Episcopal Church: 1519 Elmwood Rd. Lansing, MI 48917; (517)323-2272; Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Riverview Church: 3585 Willoughby Rd. Holt, MI 48842; (517)694-3400; Meets every other Thursday from 9:15-11:30 a.m.
Presbyterian Church of Okemos: 2258 Bennett Rd. Okemos, MI 48864; (517)349-9536; Meets every other Wednesday from 9:15-11:30 a.m.
All Saints Episcopal: 800 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823; (517)351-7160;; Meets 2nd Friday from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Mother to Mother Program
Ingham County MSU Extension
5303 South Cedar Street, Lansing, MI 48911
Description: Mother-to-Mother Peers are trained to provide women with breastfeeding information, encouragement and support. They are available to see mothers in person or by telephone, in the home, the hospital or the WIC clinic.
Eligibility: All WIC and Food Stamp eligible women.
Contact: Joyce McGarry - Eligibility: Pregnant women and mothers who are WIC eligible

Teen Parent Network
Ingham County Health Department
306 West Willow, Lansing, MI 48906
Teen Parent Network: Provides intensive case management and support services for pregnant and parenting adolescents including parenting classes, support groups for teen parents in school and play and learn groups for teens and their babies.
Eligibility: Any Ingham County adolescent and teen between the ages of 11 and 21 years old.
Contact: Jan Kimble -

Teen Parents
Youth for Christ
5222 Dumond Ct., Lansing, MI 48917
Description: Group provides support and guidance to pregnant and parenting youths (ages 13-21). Meetings are weekly on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Trinity Church on Dunckel and Jolly Rd. in Lansing.
Contact: Mary Kay Sauer -


Local resources to help children and families.

Adoption Connections
Clinton Eaton Ingham Community Mental Health
Children's Services
838 Louisa St. Suite D, Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 887-5251
Description: A group made up of representatives from the court, social services, mental health, adoption agencies, school personnel, private practice clinicians, as well as adoptive parents, adult adoptees, birth parents and other people concerned about adoption. Activities include: monthly networking meetings, presentations on adoption and school issues, development of support groups and resources directory, resource sharing and linkage with state programs. The full consortium meets on the first Friday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at Childrens Services at 5303 S. Cedar in Lansing.
Contact: Barry Kaufman -

Expanded Food & Nutrition Program
Ingham County MSU Extension
5303 South Cedar St., Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 887-4588
Description: Program offers training in basic nutrition, meal planning and preparation, stretching dollars, food safety, healthy eating and feeding infants and children.
Eligibility: Low income residents of Ingham County with children 0-19 years of age.
Contact: Joyce McGarry -

Find a Meetup Group Near You
Description:Meetup is the world's largest online network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face.
How to use: Click the link below. Type in Lansing or your zip code into the search bar. You can also type in keywords such as "parenting," "playgroup," "moms," or "dads." There are already groups set up in the Lansing area, but you can also start your own group.

Great Start Connect
Early Childhood Investment Corporation (ECIC)
221 N. Pine St., Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 371-9000
Description: Great Start CONNECT helps link parents and those caring for young children with the resources, supports and services needed to give Michigan children a Great Start.
Services: Includes a new online statewide database of licensed, registered child care and early education programs in Michigan. Families can access this database 24 hours a day, seven days a week to quickly and conveniently search for and contact child care providers who match their needs. In addition to this database, the website also includes links to other Resources, Training and Information about quality child care and early learning environments.

Ingham Birth to Five: Great Start Collaborative
Description:A coalition of human service agencies, parents, and other partners working together to develop a network of early education and care to support children and families in Ingham County.
  Vision: Every child ready to succeed in school and life; and their Mission is develop a system where: Every family has access to a universal, comprehensive, and collaborative spectrum of community-based early childhood programs, services, supports, and strategies. 
Meetings: Ingham GSC, Birth to Five usually meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church from 1:30-3:30pm.
Work Groups: Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, Public Awareness, Operations Committee, Safe Sleep, Infant Mortality, Quality Initiatives, Kindergarten Transition, and the Parent Coalition. There is also time set aside for updates from all participants and discussion of other issues of interest.

Ingham Great Start Parent Coalition
Description: A network of parent groups, parent organizations and parent members that are willing to help plan and support the Ingham Great Start Collaborative (GSC) efforts. The members of the Parent Coalition will serve as key contacts to a broad range of parent groups to facilitate the exchange of information between the parents, parent groups and the Ingham GSC.
Contact: MC Rothhorn

Lansing Moms Like Me
Description: An online community where more than 2,000 area parents connect and share experiences about all things related to raising kids in and around greater Lansing.
Contact: Stephanie Murray-Killips -

Kinship Care Resource Center
MSU School of Social Work, 254 Baker Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517)355-9600 or (800)535-1218
Resources for families: The mission of the center is to provide support for the physical, emotional, cultural, and social well-being of kinship families in the state of Michigan. Services include: linking families to community resources, providing kinship care related technical support and consultation to agencies.

MSU Family Resource Center
1407 S. Harrison, Suite 225, East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 432-3745
Programs offered: Classes and workshops for parents on a variety of topics. The Center also publishes a Community Resource Directory for families who are struggling and Things to Do at MSU: An Activity Guide for Families.
Healthy Parenting Class: Sponsored by MSU Health4U, this 6 week class teaches parents how to minimize power struggles with your child through positive intervention strategies with children (ages 1-12).
Eligibility: Open to all MSU faculty/staff/student who are parents with children (ages 1-12).
Contact: Lori Strom, FRC Coordinator -

March of Dimes
Lansing Division
2450 Delhi Commerce Dr. Suite 11, Holt, MI 48842
(517) 699-4863
Description: March of Dimes mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Local services: Offers educational materials (English & Spanish) for expectant parents. Holds the March for Babies Walk every April. For specific information, visit
Contact: Sheri Eldred

WKAR/Ready to Learn/Parenting Counts
Michigan State University
283 Communication Arts Bldg., East Lansing, MI 48824
Description: Parenting Materials and Workshop Training for early childhood educators, teachers and childcare providers on topics such as smart media viewing; using media and the web to build social/emotional, physical and cognitive development; and emergent literacy skills for children 1-8.  Training for staff scheduled on request throughout the year.  Materials on topics available for parents on request by email or phone.
Eligibility: Open to all.
Contact: Beany Tomber - - (517) 432-3120 ext 406


Home visits provide parents with additional support and assistance in order to enhance healthy child-hood growth and positive parent-child relationships.

Child Care Enhancement Program (Project KEEP)
Clinton Eaton Ingham County Community Mental Health
812 E. Jolly Rd. Lansing, MI
(517) 887-5259
Description: A free confidential consultation service that helps families and child care providers to promote infant-toddler social, emotional and behavioral health and turn challenging behavior around. Services include: free phone/e-mail consultation and free on-site consultation.
Eligibility: Childcare providers licensed, registered or enrolled with DHS and caregivers for children birth up to 36 months who are receiving/eligible to receive the DHS childcare subsidy.
Contact: Barry Kaufman -

Early On
Ingham Intermediate School District
2630 W. Howell Rd., Mason, MI 48854
(517) 244-4514
Description: Provides services for children ages birth to three with developmental delays or are at risk of developing delays due to a medical condition or disability. Staff work as partners with families to help them find the support they need for their child. Services are provided within a familys daily routines so families might be seen at home, at daycare or at a community playgroup.
Eligibility: Determined through assessment and developmental evaluation. If eligible and parents desire services, an Individualized Family Service Plan is developed. Services are free for eligible children and their families. There are no income requirements.
Contact: Stephanie Peters -

Family Outreach Services
Ingham County Health Department
5303 South Cedar St. Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 272-4122
Description: Provides home-based services which focus on enhancing family functioning, providing prenatal education and strategies to promote a healthy pregnancy, promote positive parent-child interactions and support healthy childhood growth and development.
Eligibility: Must be an Ingham County resident and Medicaid eligible, who is pregnant or a parent with infants/children up to age three.
Contact: Lisa Chambers -

Family Preservation Services
St. Vincent's Catholic Charities
2800 West Willow St., Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 323-4734 ext. 1610
Description: Helps at-risk families to improve basic parenting skills. Services included: parenting education, household management, health and nutrition, hygiene, budgeting, locating permanent housing and referrals to community resources.
Eligibility: Families referred by Ingham County Child Protective Services
Contact: Heather Akers

Great Parents, Great Start
Ingham Intermediate School District
2630 W. Howell Rd., Mason, MI 48854
(517) 244-1384
Description: Offers parent and child activities, parent education and developmental screenings for children birth through age five, as well as connecting families to community resources, promoting school readiness, and supporting high quality early education and care. Home visits done at least twice a month and provide parents information on child development, age-appropriate activities activities for their children and developmental screenings.
Eligibility: Parents with children ages birth to 5 with emphasis on 0-4, then connecting to Great Start Readiness Programs.
Contact: Michelle Nicholson -

Parent-Infant Program
Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton Eaton Ingham Counties
838 Louisa St., Suite D, Lansing, MI
To request services: (517) 346-8318 or 1(888)800-1559
Description: Home-based assessment and interventions to help families meet their infants emotional and developmental needs. A therapist works with the family to identify strengths and remove obstacles in order to achieve goals such as strengthening parent-child relationship, assuring childs safety, building parents daily living skills and helping the parent cope effectively with stress. Families receive services at least weekly.
Eligibility: Families in the tri-county (Clinton, Eaton or Ingham) area who have a child under the age of four or are expecting a baby. Primary referral must concern the parent-child attachment/relationship and one of the following: parent or child is experiencing emotional distress, family has difficulty with daily living skills, risk of abuse or neglect of the child and the presence of medical problems, disabilities or developmental delays in the child causing distress in the family. The recipient of services must have Medicaid, MI Child or be low income with no insurance.
Contact: Fran Jozefowicz - - (517) 887-5250

Parent-Young Child Program
Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton Eaton Ingham Counties
838 Louisa St., Suite D, Lansing, MI
To request services: (517) 346-8318 or 1(888)800-1559
Description: Home-based assessment and interventions to help families meet their preschoolers emotional and developmental needs. A therapist works with the family to identify strengths and remove obstacles to achieve goals such as strengthening parent-child relationship, assuring childs safety, building parents daily living skills, helping the parent cope effectively with stress, increasing the childs ability to behave age-appropriately, to manage emotional distress and to function in daycare/preschool.
Eligibility: Families with a child between the ages of 3 to 5 years. At least one of the following must apply: preschooler is displaying significant social, emotional and/or psychiatric distress; the child is at risk for expulsion or already had an expulsion from daycare/preschool due to behavior problems; the child has medical problems, disabilities or developmental delays which are causing significant distress in the family and may affect the childs future school adjustment and success. For Ingham and Clinton county families, the child must have Medicaid, MI Child or be low income with no insurance. There are no insurance requirements for children residing in Eaton county.
Contact: Fran Jozefowicz - - (517) 887-5250

Public Health Nursing
Ingham County Health Department
5303 South Cedar St., Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 887-4322
Description: Public health nurses can visit you in your home, talk to you by phone or see you at a clinic or school. Services include: pregnancy care, family planning and parenting support.
Eligibility: Ingham County resident referred by your doctor, hospital or self-referral.
Contact: Julie Dingerson

Therapeutic Home Visitation
Child Abuse Prevention Services
4287 Five Oaks Drive, Lansing, MI 48911
(517) 484-8444
Description: Visits of up to 3 hours are made weekly. Interventions include modeling appropriate parenting skills and language to use in the home, bringing games to see how family systems work and field trips outside the home. There is no cost to clients for this program. The goal is reunification.
Eligibility: Referrals from CPS and Ingham County foster care (Child & Family Services). All ages of children are eligible.
Contact: Rachel Prosen -

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