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310 Thomas Street, Allegan, MI 49010

Tel: 269-512-7775

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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.

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.

Parenting Workshops 

FREE Parenting Workshops. We offer free childcare and dinner for each workshop. There will be a wide variety of topics such as Child Development, School Readiness, Stress Management, and Behavior. 

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 Melissa Badillo (269) 512-7747 for general information. 

Family Coaches


Allegan, Amy Rogers
Fennville,  Dolores Benincasa
Hopkins,  Heather Miling
Martin Dolores Benincasa
Otsego, Heather Badders 
Plainwell, Becky Huberty
Wayland, Laurie Zywiczynski

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