Julie McMillen, Parent Educator
Barry County Great Start Collaborative
Barry Intermediate School District
535 West Woodlawn Ave.
Hastings, MI 49058
269-945-9545 ext  164
Fax:  269-945-2575

Barry Great Start Collaborative Parent Educator                                                                                                                                
The Parent Educator utilizes the teaching format from:  



Mission: To provide the information, support, and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.                    

Free in home early learning program. 
Parent Educator is trained in child development and home visiting and goes to each family’s home on a regular basis.  Visit times are flexible so that all families can participate. 
Parent Educator provides interactive, research-based lessons focusing on parenting children prenatal to age eight.    
Parent Educator helps parents understand more about how children grow and learn. 
Parent Educator provides activities and toys that will foster learning and nurture development.

Parent Educator provides methods of positive discipline; new techniques for problem solving; realistic expectations of child behavior;
Help parents find services in the community if needed.

This approach looks at three areas: development-centered parenting, helping parents understand how they parent and their child’s development.

Each visit plan includes a parent-child activity (age appropriate activities that stimulate language, social skills and fine and gross motor skill development), parenting strategies to promote healthy development, and a focus on family well being.  There is also a time for book sharing included in the visit.  The Parent Educator will personalize information to fit the family’s needs, concerns, and hopes and will build on their strengths and skills.  

​​To help ensure all Barry County children
have a great start in life. ​​