Community Early Childhood Resources
Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians
Certified Car Seat Technicians check car seat installation, educate families on safe car seat use, and support qualifying families in getting appropriate car seats. This directory connects parents and caregivers to local certified technicians.
Child Care Resources
Child Care Licensing Division
The Child Care Licensing Bureau performs state licensing regulatory duties as required by state laws and federal requirements. www.michigan.gov/mileap/early-childhood-education/cclb
Community Action Alger Marquette (CAAM)- Head Start
Head Start is high-quality, no-cost preschool for 3 and 4 year old children. Enrollment in Head Start is done year-round, based on available openings. www.communityactionam.org/head-start
Great Start to Quality
Great Start to Quality is Michigan's system, which sets the quality standards and evaluates the quality of early care and education programs. GSQ also shares information about programs with families and helps families select the right program for their needs. www.greatstarttoquality.org/
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
If you cannot afford child care, payment assistance is available through Child Care Subsidy. Use MI Bridges to apply for assistance, check your eligibility status, and manage your account. Visit www.michigan.gov/mdhhs to learn more.
Health Department- LMAS (Alger)
Health Department- Marquette County
Women, Infant, and Children
The program is designed to help correct or prevent malnutrition in low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to 5 years old who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition. Local agencies, such as health departments and non-profit organizations, deliver WIC benefits to participants.
Family Support Services
The Marquette County Health Department provides support to families through programs such as Children's Special Health Care, Maternal Infant Health Programs, the Pregnant and Parenting Teen Project, and Healthy Families-Upper Peninsula. WEBSITE
Indoor Family Play
413 Maple Street #1, Munising, MI 49862
The one and only indoor playground in Alger County! Kids enjoy Alger County Parks and Rec Department's Superior Playland all year round!
U.P. Children's Museum
123 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855
The Upper Peninsula Children's Museum was designed to address the developmental stages of youth between the ages of 1 and 13, yet it still delights visitors of all ages. Through creative youth empowerment, the museum is able to offer cultural and educational exhibits that reflect the diverse interests, history, culture and heritage of the area. It is also frequently the site of special performances and programs.
U.P. Fun with Friends
400 US 41 East Suite 106, Neguanee, MI 49866
An indoor play space with a bounce house, gymnastics mats, rock climbing area, and more. Providing a safe and fun place for families and friends to connect, play, and build healthy strong relationships.
Forsyth Township Public Library
Ishpeming Carnegie Public Library
Munising School Public Library
Negaunee Public Library
Peter White Public Library
Richmond Township Library
Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP)
UPCAP's seeks to promote the "development of the human, social, and community resources of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
2-1-1 Call Center
Child Care Assistance
Low Income/ Subsidized Private Rental Housing
Wellness and Caregiver Programs
Long Term Care Programs
Michigan Medicare/ Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP)
U.P. Area Agency on Aging
Upper Peninsula Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network (UPDON)
Mediation/ Resolution Services
Virtual Michigan Family Resources
MI Parenting Resource- MSU Extension
MiParenting Resource offers a collection of videos introducing research-supported strategies for common caregiving concerns, such as how to increase child cooperation, teach children new behaviors, and identify and manage emotions. The videos feature real caregivers who explain and demonstrate the skills with their children.
MI Kids Matter
Mi Kids Matter is your place to find what you need to give your child their best chance at health, happiness and success later in life. Throughout this site, we have provided information, resources and programs to take you from pregnancy through age 5 and beyond.
Michigan Alliance for Families
Michigan Alliance for Families provides information, support, and education for families who have children and young adults (birth to 26 years of age) who receive (or may be eligible to receive) special education services. This website can help you with finding information on special education issues as well as disability specific information.
Supporting communities across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with early literacy resources. Ensuring all children are ready to learn, read, and succeed!