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Parent/Child Playgroups and Support Groups
for Mothers of Preschoolers in Washtenaw County, Michigan

Compiled by Marj Hyde, Early On Playgroup Coordinator;
with special thanks to Child Health Associates

All information verified as of August 31, 1998. Please call groups for complete information.

Allen Creek Parent/Toddler Group

Location:2350 Miller/ Ann Arbor 48103
Ages: 1 to 2 years; 2 to 3 years (with parents only)
Times: M/W 9:30-11:00 a.m.; T/Th 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Phone: 994-3382 (Kerry Kelly Novick)
Cost: $25/week (for 2 sessions/week)
Info: Facilitated by a teacher and a developmental specialist, the focus is on enjoying and understanding this time in the child’s development.

Ann Arbor District Library Storytimes

Location:343 S. Fifth Ave./ Ann Arbor 48104; and at all other branch locations
Ages:2 year olds at Main Library; 3 and up at Main and all branches
Times:1/2 hour/week
Info:Adult accompanies the child for stories, songs and finger plays with weekly theme. Pre-registration required.

Ann Arbor YMCA Parent/Child Classes

Location:350 S. Fifth Ave./ Ann Arbor 48104
Ages:18 months through 4 years
Times:Mornings once a week
Cost:$18 to $64 for each 8-wk. session
Info:The Y offers different parent/child classes depending on the age of the child and the time of the year.

Community Rec. & Ed. Childbearing Years Classes

Location:Ann Arbor
Ages:8 weeks through 4 years
Times:1 or 1-1/2 hours/week; no sessions offered during the summer.
Phone:994-2300 x145 or 228 (Jean Mazzari)
Cost:$48 or $60 for each 8-wk. session
Info:Six age-grouped classes with teacher-led activities that enhance the parent/child relationship and strengthen motor, language, play and parenting skills.

Early On Playgroups

Location:Ann Arbor, Saline, Ypsilanti, Lincoln, Willow Run, Whitmore Lake
Ages:0 through 2 years; siblings welcome
Times:1-1/2 hours/week
Phone:668-6290 (Marj Hyde)
Info:Emphasis on social interactions, help and support for parents who have concerns about their child’s development. Fun for all.

F.E.M.A.L.E (Formerly Employed Mothers at the Leading Edge)

Location:Genesis Center, 2309 S. Packard/ Ann Arbor
Ages:0 to 5 years playgroup weekly; Moms' support group, 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Phone:763-8714 (Lisa)
Cost:$24 for a year
Info:Support for women dealing with the transition between paid employment and at-home motherhood.


Location:900 S. Seventh St./ Ann Arbor 48103
Ages:Newborn through 4 years
Times:45 minutes/week; many choices of times
Phone:944-0065; 1-800-520-PLAY
Cost:$20 for one-time enrollment and $90 for 10 sessions
Info:Six different age groupings for active playing. This is an on-going program. Register at any time.

Huron Valley Mothers of Multiples Support Group

Location:Ann Arbor
Ages:Mothers only
Times:3rd Mon., 7:00 p.m.
Phone:662-8452 (Carol Morehouse)
Cost:$25/year (if able)
Info:Source of support and information.

Infant Massage

Location:Ann Arbor
Ages:3 weeks to crawling
Times:Wed., 10:30 - noon; new classes form monthly
Phone:741-9706 (Audrey Simon)
Cost:$85 for 4-week sessions; sliding scale available
Info:Infant massage uses gentle touch stimulation and loving verbal communication to deepen the relationship between parents and their babies.

La Leche League

Location:Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Western Washtenaw
Ages:For moms and babies
Times:Monthly meetings
Cost:Free ($30 membership for a year)
Info:Mother-to-mother support for breast-feeding. Various topics throughout the year.

Lamaze Mothers Group

Location:2500 Packard, Suite 101/ Ann Arbor 48104
Ages:2 weeks to 12 months
Times:1-1/2 hours/week
Cost:$48 for 8 sessions
Info:Structured topics, activities and discussion.

Lamaze Parent/Toddler Playgroup

Location:2500 Packard, Suite 101/ Ann Arbor 48104
Ages:12 to 36 months
Times:1-1/2 hours/week
Cost:$70 for 10 sessions
Info:Experienced teacher introduces toddlers to creative play, art and music. Snack provided.

Lamaze Pre-natal and Post-partum Yoga Classes

Location:2500 Packard, Suite 101/ Ann Arbor 48104
Ages:pre-natal and post-partum
Times:1-1/2 hours/week
Cost:$45 for 7 sessions
Info:Classes utilizing yoga to achieve correct posture, toning, stretching and relaxation.

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Location:Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti
Ages:0 through 5 years
Times:2 times/week
Phone:572-8641 (Nancy Delnay)
Cost:$40 per semester
Info:Childcare provided while moms gather for informative speakers, small group discussions, refreshments, spiritual growth and craft making time. Does not meet during the summer.

Music for Little Folks

Location:Ann Arbor
Ages:0 through 5 years
Times:45 minutes/week
Phone:741-1510 (Gari Stein)
Cost:Semester fees vary.
Info:Informal introduction to music and movement and exploring sounds, words, stories, rhythms, melody, pitch and steady beat.

New Parents/Infant Support Groups

Location:Ann Arbor 48103
Ages:0-5 years
Times:1 hour/week
Phone:663-0438 (Marilyn Jeffs)
Info:Weekly discussions and playgroups for new moms led by a pediatric nurse.

North Campus Playgroup

Location:Ann Arbor 48105
Ages:1 to 2 years; 2 to 3 years
Times:1 or 1-1/2 hours/week
Cost:$40 to $58 for 8 sessions
Info:Primarily from North Campus, includes many international families.

Packard Community Clinic Infant/Toddler Playgroup

Location:3174 Packard Rd./ Ann Arbor 48108
Ages:0 through 3 years; siblings welcome
Times:Tues., 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Phone:971-1073 (Barb Wybrecht)
Info:Moms share and learn from each other while having fun with their babies.

Parents As Teachers Program: Playgroups and Homevisits

Location:Chelsea Community Education/ 500 E. Washington/ Chelsea 48118
Ages:0 through 3 years
Times:1 hour/week; several choices of playgroup times
Phone:433-2206 (Sara Houle)
Cost:Tuition based on a sliding scale
Info:Parent educators make homevisits and also facilitate parent gatherings and parent/child playgroups. No eligibility criteria.

Perry Child Development Center Parent/Child Playgroups

Location:550 Perry St./ Ypsilanti 48197
Ages:Birth through 4 years (for Ypsilanti families)
Times:1-1/2 to 2 hours
Phone:482-8675 (Lori Fiddler)
Info:Structured activities, freeplay, snack and 1/2 hour parent discussion. Help and support for parents who have concerns about their children’s development. No sessions during the summer.

Saline District Library Toddler & Preschool Storytimes

Location:555 N. Maple Rd./Saline 48176
Ages:2 to 3 years; 3 to 5 years
Times:1/2 hour/week
Info:Songs, fingerplays, and stories with a weekly theme. Registration required.

Washtenaw County Recreation Building

Location:Washtenaw and Platt/ Ann Arbor 48104
Ages:1 to 5 years
Times:Tues./Thurs., 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Info:Large open space for running/climbing. No facilitator. Does not meet during the summer.

Ypsilanti District Library Toddler & Preschool Storytimes

Location:229 W. Michigan/ Ypsilanti 48197
Ages:2 to 3 years; 3 to 5 years
Times:1/2 hour/week
Info:Songs, fingerplays, stories and a craft with a weekly theme. Registration required.

Zion Lutheran Playgroup

Location:1501 W. Liberty/ Ann Arbor 48103 (in the nursery)
Ages:Infants to Kindergarten
Times:Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Phone:572-7089 (Denise Lund); 994-4455 (Church)
Info:Play based with emphasis on free play and socializing for children. Parent support and companionship emphasized.

Note: For updates or additions, please call Marj Hyde, Early On Playgroup Coordinator (668-6290). Special thanks to Child Health Associates for compiling much of the above information.

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Last revised 17 September 1998
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