Community Resources

You may have heard the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  We know that for a child to succeed, parents cannot do it alone. At Head Start, we want to support families with community resources as part of their village. By partnering with our local community, we can help families and children succeed for the long run. Read below learn more about some of our local resources and community partners.

United Way’s 2-1-1

The Heart of West Michigan United Way has a 24 hour hotline to connect you with community resources. They will help figure out your situation and guide you towards the best resource, whether food, emergency shelter, help with your heating bill, or going back to school.

Phone: Call them at 2-1-1 or 1-800-887-1107
App: Search “Kent 211” in your iPhone or Android app store to download

Food Pantries & Assistance

You can access your local food pantry once a month throughout Kent County. You may be required to bring along a proof of income, proof of address and ID to receive food. Access of West Michigan can help you find the pantry closest to you with their food pantry map.

Did you know that your child can receive WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) benefits until age five? Children on WIC have lower rates of anemia and higher rates of immunizations against disease. Call 616-632-7200 to schedule a WIC appointment for your family today.

Literacy Center of West Michigan

Head Start has partnered with the Literacy Center of West Michigan to create a Family Literacy program.  Parents are able to meet with tutors once a week to work on their English as a Second Language skills, or to improve their reading and writing for long-term educational goals.  Parents who participate also enjoy a monthly meeting for the whole family that teaches the parents new ideas to use literacy in the home. To sign up, ask about the Family Literacy program at your Head Start site, or check out their website.