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Hello, I am from the grand rapids MI and am looking for a donor in the area for my almost 4 month old daughter. (Has to be a consistent donor and provide a list of meds.) I am willing to compensate as well in any way that I can. Willing to drive reasonable distance in the Grand Rapids/surrounding area, as safely as possible (Covid)

-Does not tolerate formula well, recently diagnosed with a breathing issue so if I can keep her as comfortable as possible, I’d like to 🙂 Breast milk seems to do the trick. Consumes 3-4 oz every 2-3 hours.
Let me know if anyone can help or has some reliable information!

* i am looking ahead of time for the right donor if one is even available. I still have approx 10 weeks worth of supply until the donor won’t have enough.
Thank you in advance.
Big News!

Help Me Grow Allegan will be promoting United Way's Little Free Libraries this school year by placing FREE book bags in various Little Free Libraries in their districts each month.

Families can attend their district's Virtual (Zoom) Play-and-Learn to find out which Little Free Library will be stocked with free books the next day in their district. Stay tuned for treasure maps and more fun things from Help Me Grow Allegan!
Each day, the Help Me Grow Allegan page has a new activity for the kids! Today, meal planning that could help the whole family!
Where's a comfy spot you find to read? Help Me Grow Allegan is starting a literacy campaign - Allegan County Reads that focuses on reading for kids birth to age 5, but we can all be reading! Join the fun and post your pictures at . See today's challenge for finding a comfy, cozy place to read :)
Help Me Grow Allegan is sponsoring and hosting this year's YOU ARE NOT ALONE- Art Contest for Allegan County Children! This contest is for ALL ages. Please read the poster and join the group page to submit your child's art project, beginning now until May 7th!
Your little one can get in on a special art contest through Help Me Grow Allegan! Check it out! Here's a link to their page:
Don't forget: The Play-N-Learn coaches will be finishing the school year by providing daily "activity" blasts on the Help Me Grow Allegan page. This is replacing the monthly Play-n-Learn groups. We are hoping to engage as many families as possible during this difficult time, so we can assist them in their educational and resource needs for our youngest learners. Contact Amy Ann Rogers if you have any questions.

Early Education Staff are still here to support you! Look to see what we have been up to during the State of Emergency! Interested families can reach out regarding services for the remainder of this year and enroll for the upcoming school year with our help on Help Me Grow Allegan. Our team is happy to help out!
How about diving into the Great Barrier Reef today?! Once you see all of the beautiful fish, sharks, clams, and diverse marine life in Australia, take a bath and pretend you are a diver in the ocean too! Add rubber duckies💦 or plastic toys to your water adventure! 🐙🦀🐠

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The Family Center is excited to host a Parent Mentor Training in Ga***rd, MI on August 17, 2019. We would like to reach parents/caregivers who are experienced and may want to become a Mentor to support other parents. Please share the attached flyer with parents who might have an interest in attending. This training is open to all families who have a child with a medical, physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition.

Registration for the Ga***rd Parent Mentor Training can be completed at:
We have now placed 26 Little Free Libraries around Allegan County with the help of many volunteers and partners (recent partners include Otsego Public Schools and Allegan County Great Start Collaborative)! Today, Allegan Area Educational Service Agency delivered 47 more Little Free Libraries, donated by Holland Sentinel News. Thank you for the incredible support from our community!

Looking for a Little Free Library? Check out the map here:

Want to sponsor a Little Free Library? Learn more here:

"Ensuring every child in Allegan County is safe, healthy, and eager
to succeed in school and in life

Operating as usual


The holidays are here and as you prepare to buy gifts for the little ones in your life, make sure to follow some important safety tips below to ensure they stay safe and healthy during playtime!

For more information on toy and gift safety, view the Safe Toy Checklist created by Prevent Blindness America.


"ART" comes in all different shapes and sizes. Try making an "Igloo", "Polar Bear" or even "Snowman" out of clay this weekend. Don't have clay? Try using marshmallows instead, while sipping on a warm cup of cocoa.

All of the materials for a clay igloo are listed on our partner's website-


Are you a new or expecting parent? Do you work with parents? This event is for you!

There will be presentations on important health and safety information parents need to know, resources available, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions to program representatives. Register TODAY for the next Virtual Baby Fair on December 12th (9-11am) or December 14th (6:30-8:30pm)


Let's keep up the "ART" activities this month using a new material- YARN! WGVU has a fun "Yarn Snowball" craft idea for you to try this month. These "snowballs" make great winter decorations for your home or ornaments for your tree. You can make them for yourself or wrap them up for loved ones this gifting season!


Puffy winter coats can cause harness issues. Take those winter coats off before you put your child in that harnessed car seat. You can put the coats back on them backwards once they are in the car.

The fluffy padding in those coats will compress in a crash, leaving extra space under the harness.

You can dress your child in thin layers or use a blanket over the harness straps to keep your child warm AND maintain proper car seat use in the winter.

Learn more:

National Safety Council National CPS Certification NHTSA Safe Kids Worldwide

Timeline photos 12/09/2022

Timeline photos

Schools and districts: Find out how you can help families sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) from the Federal Communications Commission, which allows qualifying households to reduce their internet service costs by up to $30/month (or $75/month on Tribal lands):

Photos from Transition Center's post 12/08/2022

It was so great meeting families today at Allegan Area ESA's hot cocoa event. Thanks for visiting with us today.


Are you a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 6? Please take our family engagement survey for a chance you win a $25 gift card.
Click on the following link to complete the survey:

Photos from Help Me Grow Allegan's post 12/08/2022

Thank you families for dressing up and participating in our "Let's Talk About Art: Stuff Your Stocking" events throughout Allegan County tonight. Our district Family Coaches and local librarians had so much fun celebrating the holidays with you. We are so grateful for our Great Start Collaborative partners for hosting tonight's festivities at Allegan District Library, Dorr Township Library, Ransom District Library , and Fennville District Library.

We'll see you in the New Year!


TODAY is our "Let's Talk About Art: Stuff Your Stockings" event!!! Children ages 0-5 years old, dress up in your holiday PJs or ugly sweaters and come stuff your mini-personalized stocking with new holiday board books, a clay snowman and mini- tinseled tree. You will jingle all the way home in the holiday spirit giving lots of cheer to all who are near.

We can't wait to see you at one of our 4 locations between 5-7pm. *First 40 families will receive a scratch off reindeer card for a chance to take home a new board game or puzzle to play the rest of this month.


It’s that time, folks! Join us for our super sweet reading journey through Candy Land. You have until Friday, January 27 to complete the program and be entered into our grand prize drawing. Along the way to Candy Castle and the grand prize, you’ll encounter other favorite Candy Land characters who’ll have goodies for you as well! Make sure you grab up a reading log; you’re in for a treat!

Timeline photos 12/06/2022

Timeline photos

FREE DIAPERS AND WIPES! Stop in for diapers and wipes throughout the week between 10am-2pm (or by appointment). 323 Water Street, Allegan. 269-673-5472 ext. 223 or 307.

Photos from Help Me Grow Allegan's post 12/06/2022

TOMORROW (December 7th) is our "Let's Talk About Art: Stuff Your Stockings" event!!! Children ages 0-5 years old, dress up in your holiday PJs or sweaters and come stuff your mini-personalized stocking with new holiday board books, a clay snowman and mini- tinseled tree. You will jingle all the way home in the holiday spirit giving lots of cheer to all who are near.

Our Family Coaches can't wait to see you at one of our 4 locations between 5-7pm.
1. Dolores Benincasa- Allegan District Library
2. Laurie Zywiczynski- Dorr Township Library
3. Stormie Drake- Fennville District Library
4. Kelli Stuifbergen & Jena Sposato- Ransom District Library

*First 40 families will receive a scratch off reindeer card for a chance to take home a new board game or puzzle to play the rest of this month.

Photos from Help Me Grow Allegan's post 12/02/2022

It's December 1st and we are talking about "ART" this holiday season ;) Instead of hosting playgroups this month, Family Coaches are hosting (4) "Let's Talk About Art: Stuff Your Stocking" events with our library partners next Wednesday, December 7th from 5-7pm. Families with children ages 0-5 years old, we can't wait to see you at this FREE event.

Photos from Help Me Grow Allegan's post 12/01/2022

This weekend several cities throughout Allegan County are kicking off holiday festivities in their downtown locations. Join the fun and get into the holiday spirit!


Allegan families join the Tree Lighting Ceremony today at 5:30pm


Sometimes the holiday season gets overwhelming for children. Adults too. There is always excitement in the air, but sometimes children feel disappointed or even angry when they don't get what they want. Our WGVU partners have a simple, creative activity called "Learning About Emotions with Snowmen" to help children explore their emotions so they can better express how they feel with loved ones. When children learn to communicate better, they feel more in control of their emotions, which reduces temper tantrums. This makes everyone happier at the holidays. Check out this fun activity at

Timeline photos 11/29/2022

Timeline photos

Wondering what happens to your Star rating February 1? Don't worry, providers do not need to "start over". Great Start to Quality star ratings will transition to a Quality Level. Check out the GSQ website to see how your rating will transition and as well as your subsidy reimbursement rate.

Photos from Allegan County Health Department's post 11/28/2022

Photos from Allegan County Health Department's post


Let's get into the Christmas spirit with a visit from Santa Claus! There will be plenty of holiday stories and crafts to go around!


With special events, closures for staff training day, and holidays coming up, our Storytime schedule is a little out-of-the-ordinary through December and into January. Here is a reminder of events happening for our young friends and their families:


Help Me Grow Allegan THANKS YOU for all the support you've given us this past year with attending events, following and liking our educational posts. We wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Don't forget to take some time this week to TALK about what you're thankful for as a family. Here's a fun PBS Parent/Child Thanksgiving Tree activity you can ty at home. It will help decorate your Thanksgiving Table too-

Feel free to post your family's Thanksgiving Day Tree in the comment section below!


Allegan Area ESA will be closed on November 24 & 25 for Thanksgiving.

Photos from Help Me Grow Allegan's post 11/21/2022

We are thankful we got to host 2 of our 4 Let's Talk About Music playgroups this month at Allegan District Library and Wayland Union Schools. Thanks for coming and supporting our early childhood programs.


It's Thanksgiving Week! Let's move to some fun Thanksgiving MUSIC today. Try the Turkey Hokey Pokey Dance at

Timeline photos 11/21/2022

Timeline photos

Tomorrow, November 22nd from 10am-1pm we will be having another Commodity Food Distribution day.

If you would like to receive a provision of non-perishable foods and meet our income eligibility, please visit us tomorrow at our main office!

Questions? Call us 269.673.5472 ext. 241


Santa is coming to the library for a special Storytime! Join us in the downstairs programming room to meet him.


PaleoJoe will be here in just two weeks! Come learn about dinosaurs and see some real fossils.

Reserve your seat by calling us at 269-673-4625

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Allegan, MI

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