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Ionia County Intermediate School District
2191 Harwood Road, Ionia, Michigan 48846

616-527-4900 or l-888-792-4491

A range of services and programs that include parenting support, developmental assessments, hearing, vision, and speech screenings, playgroups and Special Education programs. 
Begin With Babies-provides services to families prenatal to age three that are at-risk.  Parent Educators provide home visiting to educate families regarding their child’s development, provide literacy information, support, and to connect them with resources in the community.
Great Parents, Great Start-literacy based playgroups in the districts of Ionia, Portland, and Belding, child development and resource information for any family with a child birth to five.
Start Smart-hearing, vision, speech and developmental screenings for any child birth to five and a toll free number to link families to other community resources and programs.
Early On-program for any birth to three aged child who demonstrates a developmental delay or established health condition that it places them at a higher risk for developmental delays
SHARE-an early childhood special education program for eligible children birth to three years and their families providing developmental assessments, home visiting, playgroups, and a parent group.


Community Mental Health
375 Apple Tree, Ionia, MI 48846
616-527-1790, 1-888-527-1790

A range of services and programs designed to enhance and promote the mental health and well-being of individuals and families through person and family centered approaches.
Infant Mental Health-services for pregnant women in their 3rd trimester and families with children birth to three that are experiencing difficulty with attachment to their mother, foster parent or exhibiting other significant behaviors.


Department of Human Services
Formerly known as Family Independence Agency
920 E. Lincoln Ave., Ionia, MI 48846
Protective Services crisis line
A range of services and programs designed to meet the basic financial, medical, and social needs of people who are unable to provide for themselves; provide skill building, opportunity enhancement, and family-focused services; and protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and endangerment.
FIP-provides cash assistance to families in need and temporarily helps for living expenses such as shelter, heat, utilities, clothing, food and personal care items.
Prevention services-provide assistance to families regarding housing, transportation, counseling, budgeting, parenting skills, individual support, mentors, education on childcare and information on any service that could help the family in their community.


Local School Districts
Preschool Programs-most local school districts provide preschool programs for 4 year old children and special education programs for children aged 3-5.  Contact your local school district to learn more.


Ionia County Health Department
175 E. Adams St., Ionia, MI 48846

Maternal Infant Health Program-home visiting program for pregnant women and families with infants birth to 12 months on Medicaid.  Services include public health nursing, nutrition education, and social work services regarding pregnancy related issues and infant development.
WIC-nutritional program for eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, and children aged five.  Families receive milk, eggs, juice, cereal, and cheese.  Infants receive formula, cereal, and juice.


EightCAP, Inc.
904 Oak Drive-Turk Lake, Greenville, MI 48838
616-754-9315, 616-527-2337

A range of services including: home visiting, playgroups, and child development programs such as Early Head Start and Head Start.
Early Head Start-home visiting program serving pregnant women and families with children birth to three years offering playgroups, family gatherings, and support.
Head Start-a federally funded preschool program for children ages 3-5.  Free to families who qualify.


Kent Regional Community Child Care Connection (4 C’s)
Located at the Department of Human Services
920 E. Lincoln Ave., Ionia, MI 48846

Assists parents in locating licensed child care and provides them with information regarding what to look for in a quality child care.  For licensed child care providers, Kent Regional 4 C’s helps in a variety of ways including: referrals to parents looking for care, training and workshops on child development, business management, quality care, etc.


MSU Extension
100 Library St., Ionia, MI 48846

Family Nutrition Program-available for low income families offering information regarding basic nutrition, menu planning, shopping skills, recommended food safety practices, and food selection.
On the Path-available for low income families, a money management program that focuses on goal setting, organization, and tracking expenses.


RAVE (Relief After Violent Encounter)
1-800-720-SAFE (7233)

Offers support and individual counseling for children ages 0-18 years.  Other services include: legal advocacy, court accompaniment, support group, safety planning, crisis intervention, information and referral, parenting information and education, prevention services for adolescents, on-the-scene response project, temporary emergency shelter, education on the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault.

For preschool programs and other services in the area, log onto for Ionia County or call 1-888-792-4491 for more information.