Family Coaches & Playgroups

The Family Coach for each Allegan County school district is here to welcome new families to the district, provide initial developmental screening, help support families who have questions about local resources, and lead Play & Learn groups for children ages 0-5 using evidence-based practices!


The Family Coach positions and materials are funded by a grant from the Michigan Dept. of Education.

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Play and Learn (PAL) Groups

FREE Play & Lean groups for children birth to five years of age. Each PAL group encourages parents or caregiver interaction and consists of several activities and learning experiences to promote physical, academic, and social skills. A free book and snack are also provided.

Mommy Mondays

Mommy Monday is a group of moms, who meet bi-monthly, because they want to learn more about the benefits of the 5 Protective Factors within the Strengthening Families Framework. The group's focus is on creating positive relationships, strengthening resiliency, and encouraging others in our community. Free childcare is provided for children ages 0-5 years old on-site. New Moms are welcome to attend anytime.  Locattion: Plainwell and Fennville

Free Developmental Screening 

Family coaches offer free developmental screenings as well as strategies and tools to support different developmental milestones using the ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) and/or ASQ_SE (Ages and Stages Questionnaire-Social Emotional). Please call your local family coach for more information or complete an online ASQ here. Please contact Becky Huberty (269) 512-7738 for general information. 

Family Coaches


Allegan, Amy Rogers
Fennville,  Dolores Benincasa
Hopkins,  Nicole Nylaan
Martin Dolores Benincasa
Otsego, Heather Badders 
Plainwell, Kelli Stuifbergen
Wayland, Laurie Zywiczynski

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310 Thomas Street, Allegan, MI 49010

Tel: 269-512-7775

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