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Toddler Programs Ages 1 - 3 Years

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Toddler Programs Ages 1 - 3 Years

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When your baby makes the transition into a toddler, new worlds open up for both the parents and the child. New questions and challenges may come up, too. Michigan has a number of programs to help families with toddlers during these important years of early development. This includes a number of Home Visiting programs and the Early On® program.

What Home Visiting Programs Serve Families with Toddlers?

There are five Michigan Home Visiting programs that work with families with toddlers: Early Head Start, Infant Mental Health, Healthy Families America, Parents as Teachers, and Family Spirit.

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What Do Home Visitation Programs Offer?

These are free, voluntary, early learning programs that give extra support and training to Michigan parents and caregivers taking care of toddlers. Different programs provide nurses, educators and social workers who will meet with you and your family. These meetings take place in your home or at a location that you find comfortable.

Do Home Visiting Programs Have a Cost?

There is no cost for qualified Michigan families.

To find out more about the benefits of Home Visiting programs, visit the Home Visiting program page.

Find a Home Visiting Program
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Why is it Important to Get Your Toddler in a Home Visiting Program?

The little things you do with your child in the first three years really matter. 80% of brain develops by age three. Taking advantage of early learning opportunities with your toddler can make a big difference.

Home Visiting programs teach you simple things that you can do to keep your toddler safe, healthy, and prepare them for success later in life.

Is There a Program That Helps with Toddler Development?

If your toddler has a development delay or a pre-existing health issue that could slow their development, Early On® can help. Working with Early On can help lessen the need for special education later on, reduce your family’s stress, and help build your child’s confidence.

Learn More About Early On
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Where Can I Find Child Care for My Toddler?

Whether you are going back to work or just want your toddler to socialize with other toddlers, finding child care you can trust can be difficult. Great Start to Quality is a free tool to help you find quality child care in your community. They rate licensed Michigan child care options to help you find what is right for you and your child.

Find Quality Child Care

What if I Need Help with My Toddler's Health and Nutrition?

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition program for eligible women and children up to age five. They provide nutrition education, food and referrals to health care.

Get Information on the WIC Program
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More Resources for Parents of Toddlers

Get Toddler Parenting Tips

Parents and care givers of toddlers can find tips to use during these key years in your child’s development. 

Find Great Start Collaboratives and Parent Coalitions

These are local groups who can connect you with the local resources available in your community. They can also help you find play groups and other activities to support your baby’s learning.

Get Early Learning Resources

Toddler years are part of the most crucial ages for a child’s development. Learn simple steps, like talking, singing, playing, reading, singing, and interacting with your toddler on a daily basis.

Get Milestone Tracker App

Keep track of when your child should reach certain milestones, and find activities and learning tips with the Center for Disease Control Milestone Tracker app.

Apply for Assistance

If you need help making ends meet, you can apply at MiBridges for cash, food, housing, and child care assistance.