How Can We Serve You?

The Leelanau Children’s Center is a celebration of community spirit and admiration of young children and their families. Despite decades of growth and program enhancements, these roots remain our primarily philosophical charge: do what we can to help parents and young children flourish.

Parenting Communities

Parenting Communities of Leelanau County is a family support program, operated by the Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission. Parenting Communities of Leelanau County seeks to promote healthy children living in stable, nurturing families, supported by strong communities that provide comprehensive, supportive services.

To contact or for more information, please call (231) 680-0610 or email:

For event and updates, please check out the Facebook page:

Parenting Communities of LC staff also work closely with:

  • The Health Department - to ensure that families have access to health care.

  • Leelanau County schools - to ensure that your child’s transition into school goes well.

  • Many of the human services agencies - to ensure that you get the help you need when you need it.

Local Resources

Leelanau League of Women Voters:

Mission: The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Networks Northwest:

Mission: Networks Northwest delivers programs and services for the 10 counties of Northwest Michigan. Their primary service categories are: workforce development; business & economic development; and community development.

Great Start to Quality:

Great Start to Quality helps families find the best early learning settings for their children and helps educators improve the care they give to children.

Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children:

The mission of the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MIAEYC) is to promote high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, education, and work on behalf of young children.

Parenting Articles
By LCC and Parenting communities

10 Skills of Competent Parents
What makes a good parent? There are 10 competencies that predict good parenting outcomes, parent-child bonds, and children’s happiness, health, and success.

Alike and Different
The early childhood years mark a period in which children are struggling to understand how people behave.

Brain Development
Why is brain development most important in kids 5 years of age?

Building Healthy Brains

The first topic in Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline series. Seeking composure is the strategy we can use to refute the emotional spin we too often find ourselves sucked into.

Conflict Resolution
Why is social development such a big deal and why all the emphasis on conflict resolution?