Muskegon's ParentVille

Muskegon's Parentville logo, with baby carriage, crawling baby, and young child.

Muskegon's ParentVille

An information hub, designed by the Great Start Collaborative and developed under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education to help Muskegon County Families give their children a GREAT START. 

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

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

text THRIVE to 274448 

Receive Tips and Resources by Text 

Because kids don't come with instructions!  Receive tips, activities, and local resources right to your cell phone. Messages are targeted to your child’s age.  Text THRIVE to 274448 or sign up here:


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! 

diverse group of children from toddlers- kindergarten age painting at child sized tables.   Child and teacher retelling a story on an easel with velcro story pieces. Two babies playing with shaker eggs on a colorful mat at a Great Start Play and Learn Group.

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

Boy and girl with backpacks holding hands and walking down the sidewalk to school

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
Email Cheryl Latsch, text or call 231-206

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

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

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

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

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

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

United Parents (for single parents) 
Email Stephanie Harmon 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. 

Young child.  Great Start of Muskegon County. Service Directory for Families with Young Children.

Access an updated, printable, ADA compliant version of this directory, containing local resources for: 

  • Parenting Support & Education

  • Social & Emotional Health

  • Childcare & Early Education

  • Active Play

  • Family Support

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