Family Coaches & Playgroups

We have Family Coaches for every Allegan County school district: Fennville, Allegan, Plainwell, Otsego, Hopkins, Martin, and Wayland! They are here to welcome new families to their school district, to provide initial developmental screenings, to support families who have questions about local resources, and to lead Play-and-Learn groups for children ages 0-5 years old using evidence-based practices!


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

For more information, including schedules and Play-and-Learn Zoom links, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Play-and-Learn (PAL) "Talking is Teaching" Groups

FREE Play-and- Learn groups are available for children birth to five years old and their parent, grandparent, or legal guardian. Each PAL group encourages parent or caregiver interaction and consists of several activities and learning experiences to promote physical, academic, and social development with young children. A free book is also provided to encourage literacy at home.

Play-and-Learns are being offered virtually for the 2020-2021 school year. For schedules and Zoom links, please click on the Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram link above. Your family coach will deliver FREE Book Kits to designated local United Way- Little Free Libraries each month. 

Free Developmental Screening 

Family Coaches offer free developmental screenings, as well as, strategies and tools to support different developmental milestones using the ASQ-3 (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, Kelli Stuifbergen
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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