April's Family Fun Guide
Created by Great Lakes Bay Parents - Informing parents since 2012!
UPCOMING EVENTS:
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VIRTUAL PARENT CAFE
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SIGN-UP FOR FALL 2021 PRESCHOOL
Saginaw County Preschool with Saginaw ISD

Saginaw County Preschool with Saginaw ISD is a collaboration of school districts and community-based providers who offer State (GSRP) and Federally (Head Start) funded preschool services for qualifying families.

TALKING IS TEACHING
You are your child's lifelong teacher.

"Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" is a public awareness and action campaign that helps parents recognize their power to boost their children’s early brain and vocabulary development through simple, everyday actions ... "

For more Talking is Teaching tips and resources visit: talkingisteaching.org
RESOURCES FOR KIDS
GREAT LAKES BAY PARENTS
The KIDS CALENDAR includes local BUSINESSES offering for both in-person and virtual programming: 

  • Virtual & in-house events
  • Story Times
  • Open Museums & Nature Centers
  • STEM events
  • Spring events
  • Easter Egg Hunts

GREAT LAKES BAY PARENTS' DIRECTORY
Special Needs Directory

This directory is created to help families find events, programs, services and support for their special need child and their family. 

GREAT LAKES BAY PARENTS' BLOG
Game Changer Therapy Services – Custom Therapy Programs for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Kellie Staszak started Game Changer Therapy Services in 2016 with the idea that parents should be able to work with and choose services that are medically necessary for their child and offer the ease of coordination by facilitating these services under one clinic setting.

IMAGINATION LIBRARY
The Imagination Library program is available to children throughout Saginaw County between the ages of Birth-5 and provides the opportunity for children to receive FREE, age appropriate books mailed directly to their homes. After the child is signed up for the program, they will receive one book, per month, until their fifth birthday.

STEM PIPELINE
2020-21 STEM Passport

The Great Lakes Bay Region is home to a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) destinations and programs. Experience five (5) or more programs and your family
will receive a prize on behalf of the STEM Impact Initiative & MiSTEM Network.

KID EVENTS IN SAGINAW COUNTY
BIRCH RUN - EMAGINE THEATER
SAGINAW - PUBLIC LIBRARIES OF SAGINAW
The Public Libraries of Saginaw have gone all virtual. To learn more about their upcoming programs visit their website: www.saginawlibrary.org/events/upcoming

Miss Maureen's Preschool Story Time - Tuesdays in April on Facebook.

Mother Goose Rock & Rhyme Puppet Shows - Thursdays in April on Facebook.

Miss Beth's Krazy Krafts - Fridays in April on Facebook Page doing striking and fun crafts related to the week's story time theme for kids ages 3-6!

Listen & Move Storytime - April 3rd & 17th on Facebook page. This program is designed for preschool age children but all ages are welcome to participate!  

New Book News! - April 24 on Facebook.
**The Public Libraries of Saginaw is a participant in the STEM Passport. Attend events (in-person or virtual) and receive a $25 gift card courtesy of MiSTEM. 

BRIDGEPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
HEMLOCK - RAUCHHOLZ MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Follow along with Miss Audrey to read stories, sing songs, and act out a story on the flannel board!

Follow the link to watch the video: youtu.be/UQEg9VvmJSw
FRANKENMUTH WICKSON DISTRICT LIBRARY
Ages 1-6 can join us for stories, songs and movement. Space is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions so registration is required.

Call 652-8323 for more information.
MID-MICHIGAN CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
**The Mid-Michigan Children's Museum is a participant in the STEM Passport. Attend events (in-person or virtual) and receive a $25 gift card courtesy of MiSTEM. 

SAGINAW CHILDREN'S ZOO
**The Saginaw Children's Zoo is a participant in the STEM Passport. Attend events (in-person or virtual) and receive a $25 gift card courtesy of MiSTEM. 

SAGINAW - LOWES
Lowes - Take & Make "Basket Planter Kit"
FREE
2258 Tittabawasee Rd

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Sign up your child today and they can make this cool Basket Planter! Add a flower and soil and they’ll have the perfect Mother’s Day gift! 

Reserved kits can be picked up in-store at our customer service desk on Saturday, May 8th or Sunday, May 9th. If your kit is not picked up by 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 9th, it may be given to a non-registered customer. Registration opens April 10!

PARENTING CLASSES
MSU EXTENSION
Powerful Tools for Parents and Caregivers of Special Needs Children Online Series

Online Zoom Webinar Series on Tuesdays in April from 12-1:30 PM.

MICHIGAN.GOV
Stay Well - Family Support Group
April 5, 12 & 19 at 4pm

Many MI parents are feeling overwhelmed by extra responsibilities and stress from COVID-19. Register for a virtual support group specifically for parents of children 18 and younger, hosted by our Stay Well counseling team. Find comfort talking to others who share similar feelings.

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are significant childhood traumas that can impact health and social well-being. These experiences can have an impact on youth throughout their lives. There is growing interest in the understanding and prevention of ACEs through a trauma-informed approach. Attendees of this workshop will learn about ACEs and what steps can be taken to increase protective factors and decrease risk factors for youth. Using materials developed by Michigan ACE Initiative, we will explore how to use this information to support individuals and communities.

MICHIGAN ALLIANCE FOR FAMILIES
RESOURCES
COVID-19 VACCINE
The Saginaw County Health Department now has an online COVID-19 vaccine registration: www.mysaginawhealth.org
SAGINAW COUNTY GSC ASQ ONLINE
Is My Child On Track: Track your child's development
You've been invited to participate in the Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3), to help you keep track of your child's development. The questionnaire may be provided every 2-, 4- or 6- month period. You will be asked to answer questions about some things your child can and cannot do. The questionnaire includes questions about your child's communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal social skills.

DAY CARE & PRESCHOOL
Great Start to Quality helps families find the best early learning settings for their children and helps educators improve the care they give to children.

FOOD NEEDS - SAGINAW COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
FOOD NEEDS - YMCA OF SAGINAW
Grab & Go Meals at YMCA of Saginaw
1915 Fordney St.
Saginaw, MI 48601
989.753.7721

YMCA of Saginaw is proud to offer FREE healthy meals for every child 18 and under through our Mission Nutrition and Healthy Out of School Time programs.

The meals we serve every school day and everyday throughout the summer help more children get the nutrition they need for good health.

Pick up meals Monday to Friday from 4-6pm.

DIAPER NEEDS
The Diaper Alliance

The Diaper Alliance cannot give diapers directly to families, please contact one of the partner agencies.

LifeClinic Community Resources 989.754.0091
4364 State Street
Saginaw, MI 48603

Saginaw County Business & Education Partnership SCBEP
989.399.0025
1213 S. Washington
Saginaw, MI 48601

CAN Council
989.752.7226
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
Pregnancy Care Center
989.752.7664
916 Gratiot Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602"

Teen Parent Services Youth Protection Council
989.792.6789
1226 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602

Great Lakes Bay Health Centers
989.759.6470
501 Lapeer Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48607
RESOURCES TO HELP PAY YOUR BILLS
Consumers Energy

Visit the Consumer Energy website to learn about how they can assist you with paying your energy bill.

Learn about:
  • Consumers Affordable Resource for Energy (CARE)
  • Public Assistance Programs
  • Payment Plans

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