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Muskegon Parents’ Initiative

Muskegon Parents’ Initiative is a coalition in Muskegon County working to increase parent education resources and to support parents in knowing they are not alone and that support is available to build strong families.

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Free Parenting Tips


Click here or text THRIVE to 274448 for free tips, activities, and resources for parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age 8.

We are partnering with Bright by Text to send you regular and valuable messages by text! Parents and ANYONE who cares for a child can receive free text messages with easy, practical tips and activities right to your cell phone. Content comes from trusted partners like PBS and Sesame Street. Tips are targeted to your child’s age and include information on development, language and early literacy, health and safety, behavioral tips, and more.


Local Resources

Parenting Skills Classes
In Home Parenting Support
Parent Support Groups
Support for parents who have lost a child
Groups for Foster and Adoptive Parents
Arbor Circle Events Calendar
MyAlliance Events Calendar
CDC Resources for Expecting & New Parents
The Dad Movement Youtube


Become a Trusted Messenger

Trusted Messengers are individuals that help parents navigate the challenge of raising a family. They share components of the Conscious Discipline program in group settings to help parents and community members as they work with children. To learn more about becoming a Trusted Messenger in Muskegon County, view the flyers linked below.

Trusted Messenger – Human Services Professionals
Trusted Messenger – Community Members


Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline is a transformational way of connecting with kids. Conscious Discipline started as a program for child care centers and schools, but has since developed content to support parents as well. When we all focus on connecting with children and teaching them how to understand and express their emotions and needs, we build cooperation, relationships, and the skills for later success. The Muskegon Parents’ Initiative provides Conscious Discipline as a way to empower our community to share parenting support and to create a common language as we all connect with kids. To learn more about Conscious Discipline, view the links below.

Conscious Discipline Youtube


Goals of Muskegon Parents’ Initiative:

1. To connect and increase parenting resources for families in Muskegon County and prevent duplication.
2. To create a culture of acceptance and support for parenting education throughout Muskegon County.
3. To engage community members to be a resource and connection for families in their own neighborhoods.

What I liked most about Arbor Circle is that when I was in need most they were there for me, and helped me stay warm throughout the night when I barely knew them.

We’ve found something wonderful in sharing our lives with foster kids, and we are so glad that Arbor Circle has been there to guide us through it all.

I love that I can be honest and open with every difficult situation I face and receive positive feedback. I always feel welcome and comfortable. My recovery process has been so much easier with the help I receive here.

I like that this program gives me room to grow and learn as a parent and be therapeutic for my child.

The therapists and counselors at Arbor Circle have done an outstanding job at helping me stay focused and actively involved in my recovery.

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