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Muskegon's ParentVille

An information hub, designed by the Great Start Collaborative to help Muskegon County Families give their children a GREAT START. 

Questions? Contact:
Allison Keessen, Coordinator, Great Start Collaborative
231-767-7285 or email.

Cheryl Latsch, Parent Liaison, Great Start Parent Coalition
231-260-2307 or email.

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Visit Our Calendar of Events!

Find Play and Learn Groups for children 0-5 years old with a caregiver.  These groups, supported by the Great Start use an evidence-based curriculum to provide developmentally appropriate activities that will help get your child ready for Kindergarten and a lifetime of learning! They are also great places to meet other parents and strengthen your family with strong social connections. Also, find Library events, parent support groups, and related community events here! 

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Birth to 5 Development

  • Did you know 90%  of your child's brain will be fully formed by the time he or she turns five years old?
  • Learn more about each stage of your child's growth. 
  • Find support and fun opportunities for you and your child! 
  • And when being a parent seems hard, remember: You have what it takes to help your child grow!  All it takes is H.E.A.R.T.   
  • Nurture your child's growth by attending a local Play and Learn Group or Storytime.  

Kindergarten Readiness

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Parent Connection

WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER! Connect to other parents and support by reaching out to any or all of these key contacts: 

Great Start Parent Coalition
Cheryl Latsch, email, text or call 231-206

Muskegon Parent's Initiative 
Leigh Moerdyke, email, call 616-446-6100

Fathers Matter Coalition, Dads on Deck and Project Fatherhood
Norman Young, email, text or call 616-304-8360

Fathers Matter (Class & Support Group)
Timmy Smith, email or call 

(Calendar, email, and links to family friendly events and activities) Kristy Wyngaarden, email

MYAlliance System of Care
Kevin Schmidt, email, text or call 231-638-9720

One Love Two Homes 
(for co-parenting support and education) email

United Parents (for single parents) 
Stephanie Harmon, email or call 231-726-4161

Read more about the Parent Coalition,  Dads, and Co-Parenting Tips.  

Research shows that strong families seek help when they need it. 

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Contact Allison Keessen at 231-767-7285 to request a copy of this brochure. containing local resources for: 

  • Parenting Support & Education

  • Social & Emotional Health

  • Childcare & Early Education

  • Active Play

  • Family Support