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Health Care Coverage for Kids

Free or low-cost health coverage for children under the age of 19, or pregnant women of any age. Call the MI Child and Healthy Kids hotline at 1.888.988.6300 or apply online at www.michigan.gov/michild .

Free Antibiotics

Leading antibiotics are now FREE at your Meijer Pharmacy - No Strings Attached.  Check out your local Meijer for more information on the program.

WalMart also has a low cost antibiotic program as well. Check out details in store.

Choose My Plate!


Healthy Kids Dental Is Here!

The program, which is available to Medicaid-eligible children in 65 Michigan counties, has over 340,000 enrollees. Nearly 80% of dentists who treat children participate. Find a dentist and make an appointment today! For more information, please click here!
Preparing Children For a Bright Future!

Early Childhood Conference -

Planting the Seeds for the Future

The Early Childhood Conference provides quality local supports to support raising and caring for healthy children. This conference is intended for Montcalm County Parents (Biological, Foster, Adoptive, Grandparents) and Early Childhood Service Providers serving families with children ages 0-5 years of age (childcare providers, preschool teachers, home visitors, infant mental health professionals, health care professionals, social services professionals, school personnel and therapists). Registration is now open, workshops fill up quickly, so if you are interested in attending please send in your registration form soon.

Early Childhood Conference - Planting the Seeds For the Future Registration Materials

Preschool Registration

Is your child old enough for preschool this year (2013-2014)? If so make sure to fill out the Montcalm County Preschool application! This application is used by the EightCAP Head Start, Early Head Start and Great Start Readiness Programs (GSRP)! Most of these programs are no or low cost and are located in many cities in the county. Get the applicationhere or contact: (616)754-9315 or 1-866-754-9315, ext. 3369 or Michigan Relay Center: 1-800-649-3777 (Voice & TDD).

Need tuition based preschool? ClickHERE for a Montcalm County listing.

Get more information about the Great Start Readiness Program. Click HERE.

Sign Up for our Monthly Newsletter!

To view past Newsletters and to subscribe click HERE.

Parent Engagement Video

Take a look at the short video the Parent Coalition put together! Click HERE!

Summer Meal Programs 2014

Cedar Crest Elementary
622 S. Cedar St.
Greenville, MI 48838
616-225-1000 Kenneth Poor
Hours of Service
Start: Jun-24-1914, End: Aug-19-2014, Lunch: 11:30 - 12:30,

Spectrum Health United Lifestyles
701 S Greenville West Drive, Suite 1
Greenville, MI 48838
Hours of Service
Start: Jul-07-1914, End: Aug-01-2014, Lunch: 11:30 - 12:30,

Walnut Hills Elementary
712 N. Walnut
Greenville, MI 48838
616-225-1000 Kenneth Poor
Start: Jun-23-1914, End: Aug-20-2014, Lunch: 11:15 - 12:30,

Lakeview Middle School
516 Washington Avenue
Lakeview, MI 48850
989-352-6226 Tricia Root
Start: Jul-07-1914, End: Jul-31-2014, Breakfast: 7:30-8:30, Lunch: 11:00 - 12:00,

MacNaughton Elementary
415 Cedar Street
Howard City, MI 49329
231-937-4338 Shirley Schrader
Start: Jun-18-1914, End: Aug-15-2014, Lunch: 11:30 - 12:45,

Tri County High School
21338 Kendaville Road
Howard City, MI 49329
231-937-4338 Shirley Schrader
Start: Jun-16-1914, End: Aug-20-2014, Days: 09:00- 09:30, Lunch: 11:15 - 12:45,

Endeavor Center for Youth and Community Development
302 W Main Street P.O. Box 377
Edmore, MI 48829
989-427-3737 Jessica Withey
Start: Jun-23-1914, End: Aug-24-2014, Days: 08:15- 08:45, Lunch: 11:30 - 01:00, Dinner: 5:00-7:15

Montabella Junior/Senior High School
1324 E North County Line Road
Edmore, MI 48829
989-427-3737 Jessica Withey
Start: Aug-04-1914, End: Aug-21-2014, Lunch: 10:15 - 10:45,

Vestaburg Elementary School
7188 Avenue B
Vestaburg, MI 48891
989-268-5353 Nacomie Wallman
Start: Aug-11-1914, End: Aug-21-2014, Days: 08:00- 09:00, Lunch: 10:30 - 12:30,

Carson City Elementary
338 Gratiot
Carson City, MI 48811
989-584-6399 Kerin Naumann
Start: Aug-11-1914, End: Aug-21-2014, Days: 08:00- 09:00, Lunch: 10:30 - 12:30,

Carson City School
213 E. Sherman
Carson City, MI 48811
Phone:989-584-6399 Kerin Naumann
Start: Jun-12-1914, End: Aug-21-2014, Days: 07:30- 08:30, Lunch: 10:30 - 12:30,

Upper Elementary School
1488 S Sheridan Rd
Stanton, MI 48888
Phone:989-831-2106 Amy Main
Start: Jun-18-1914, End: Jun-30-2014, Lunch: 11:00 - 12:15,

Central Montcalm Middle School
1480 S Sheridan Rd
Stanton, MI 48888
Phone: 989-831-2106 Amy Main
Start: Aug-28-1914, End: Aug-28-2014, Days: 07:30- 08:30, Dinner: 4:30-6:30

Central Montcalm High School
1480 S Sheridan Rd
Stanton, MI 48888
Phone: 989-831-2106 Amy Main
Start: Jul-07-1914, End: Aug-28-2014, Lunch: 11:00 - 12:15,


Monthly Reading Activity Calendars

Reading Is Fundamental provides monthly activity calendars, which provide engaging reading and writing activity suggestions to last a month! Download the english or spanish versions at: www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/activities/monthly-activity-calendars.htm


Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Enrollment is now open, if you have any children or grandchildren under age 4, that reside in Montcalm County or an MAISD District, fill out a registration form so that your child or grandchild will receive a free book each month until their fourth birthday.

For more information and to register online click HERE.

This program is a great value for any parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle.;If you would like to sponsor a child, please consider making the tax-deductible donation of $27.00. Please make a check payable to MASID-DOLLY DPIL and mail to: Great Start, Mindy Train, PO Box 367, Stanton, MI 48888. Make sure you provide your name and address as all donations are tax-deductible! If you are unable to make a contribution, please do not let that stop you from enrolling your child.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." Dr. Suess, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut.



PBS Parents

PBS Parents is a trusted resource filled with information on child development and early learning. It also seves as a parent's window to the world of PBS KIDS, offering access to educational games and activities inspired by PBS KIDS programs. Check out their website today!


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Calendar of Events

Find out what is happening in Montcalm County for families. Click here for a calendar of events.
Preschool Application

Check out Brandy's Blog!

Want to know what is happening with the Parent Coalition? Check out Brandy's Blog for the latest happenings! The Parent Coalition is a group of parents, grandparents, caregivers and professionals who advocate for young children in Montcalm County. We meet monthly to learn about fun kid/parent topics and share/plan activities in the community. Check out our calendar, or our facebook page!
Great Start Connect 2013

Information and Resources

Get great parenting, teaching and child care information! Check out our weblinks to information and resources.
In an effort to raise community awareness about the health status of Montcalm County residents, the Mid-Michigan District Health Department has put together a community health assessment. Click here for details. ( Please be patient - this is a large file.)

Greenville Recreational Activities for Kids!

Parents - Don't forget to check out all of the exciting recreational activities available from the Greenville Recreation Department.  See what is available for your kids here.