The goal of Michigan’s early childhood system is to provide all families with young children access to high-quality early childhood programs, services and supports in their communities.

Are you pregnant or do you have an infant or toddler? Would you like to talk with someone about great ways to support your child’s health, growth and learning?

Parent and Family Resource Hotlines

844-321-GROW (Wayne County) or 313-961-BABY (Detroit)

Specialists will assess the needs of pregnant women and families with young children and provide referrals to Family Support Providers (Home Visitors) to answer questions about how to stay healthy during pregnancy and how to be the best parent you can be through every stage of your baby’s development. Specialists will also provide available referrals for supportive services such as employment and training, housing resources, healthcare enrollment (Medicaid, MIChild and Affordable Care Act), food assistance, utility payment assistance, clothing and household items, etc. For more information please call 1-844-321-GROW


Infant Mental Health (IMH)

IMH is a home based intervention/prevention service for pregnant mothers and parents with infants & children through age 6. IMH offers assistance for children and families with behavioral, developmental, emotional and/or social needs. IMH services include both home/community based interactions with the child and family as well as case management services to link families with community resources and advocate for their well-being in schools, community/government agencies, etc. IMH services are covered by Medicaid, but in some cases, utilize funding dollars which results in either low or no cost to the families, regardless of Medicaid status.

  • Arab American Chaldean Council (ACC)  |  313-369-4730 ext. 4742  |  62 W. 7 Mile Rd., Detroit, 48223
  • The Children's Center  |  313-831-5535  |  79 W. Alexandrine St., Detroit, 48201
  • Development Centers  |  313-531-2500 ext. 2110  |  Telegraph Rd. Detroit, 48219
  • The Guidance Center  |  734-785-7700 ext. 7211  |  13101 Allen Road, Southgate, 48195
  • Hegira  |  734-419-3471  |  8623 N Wayne Rd., Westland, 48185
  • Lincoln Behavioral Services  |  734-937-9500  |  24425 Plymouth Rd., Redford, 48239
  • Northeast Guidance Center  |  313-824-8000  |  12800 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, 48215
  • Southwest Counseling Solutions  |  313-841-8900  |  1700 Waterman St., Detroit, 48209
  • Starfish Family Services / Lifespan Clinical Services  |  888-355-5433  |  18316 Middlebelt Rd., Livonia, 48152

Do you want to learn more about your child’s development?

Help Me Grow

Are your children on track with their learning and development? Help Me Grow-MI offers a free screening with questions to help you know how they are doing. This parent friendly tool helps you identify where they might have some challenges or need some extra practice. Help Me Grow provides parents with an individual response for each screening which includes scores, activities to keep children learning, and intervention referrals when extra help might be beneficial. Screenings are for children 1mo-5 1/2yrs. Complete your free screening from a computer or phone at! 313-401-4588

Are you looking for a free, high quality preschool for your child?

Early Head Start

Federally funded community-based comprehensive early childhood program for low income families with pregnant women, infants, and toddlers up to age three. Detroit only:

Head Start

Federally funded preschool program targeting low income children 3-5 years old and providing a variety of comprehensive services to families including health, nutrition, social services, mandated special education services and parent engagement.

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

Michigan’s state funded preschool program for eligible 4 year old children. Families must meet income criteria established annually by the legislature. Family income and risk factors determine eligibility. (734) 334-1393


Do you have concerns about your child’s development or education?

Early On

If you have concerns about your child’s development, “Don’t worry, but don’t wait”. Call 1-800-EarlyOn or visit Early On® Michigan is the system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers, newborn to age three, with developmental delays and/or disabilities.

Build Up MI

Michigan Early Childhood Special Education services include special instruction and related services provided to young children, ages 3 through 5, who qualify under IDEA. Free and appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all eligible children at no cost to their families.


Project Find  

For children and youth 3 to 26 years of age, Special Education provides support and resources to help students participate and learn in classroom settings. Special Education follows regulations and policy under Part B of IDEA and Michigan’s Administrative Rules for Special Education. Project Find is responsible for the Child Find mandate of IDEA for Special Education in Michigan. Free and appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all eligible children at no cost to their families.

Are you looking for high quality child care?

Great Start to Quality is Michigan’s tiered quality rating and improvement system that makes it easy for parents to find and choose high quality child care programs. Great Start to Quality also guides providers in improving the care and education they offer to children.