Zero to Thrive is delighted to welcome Dr. Angela Johnson to a new leadership role as the 

Zero to Thrive Director for Equity and Community Engagement. Learn more about the Zero to Thrive team.


Helping families in times of crisis

The Zero to Thrive team is committed to helping families through this crisis.

To help families through this crisis, the Zero to Thrive team put together a series of guides for parents, children, perinatal women, and professionals with helpful information. We have also compiled a list of assistance programs and resources to help connect families to basic needs, such as financial or food assistance. Below, you can find a comprehensive, searchable database with resources for families, perinatal women, and professionals. The resources and information have been organized around focused topics for easy reference, but many materials are helpful for a wide range of purposes. If there's anything we can help with that isn't here, we would love to hear from you.

Thriving Childcare: Ensuring Young Children’s Well-being and Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Members of the Zero to Thrive Translational Network have answered Governor Whitmer’s call for assistance with recommendations for guidelines on re-opening childcare facilities. To learn more about strategies to maintain the physical health and safety of children and staff while attending to the social-emotional health of infants and young children, please review the following resources:

Zero to Thrive, in partnership with Tender Press Books, announces the release of a free coloring story book to help children with their big feelings during COVID-19.

Available in Arabic, English, Hebrew, French, German, and Spanish

Thrive With Your Family Web Series

Join our nationally recognized panel for a series of candid conversations about parenting, child behavior, mental health and relationships during the ever-changing environment of our current global pandemic. We’ll tackle the stressors, concerns and difficulties families are facing. Most importantly, we’ll talk about how to maintain a sense of hope and understanding, and tips for maintaining a problem-solving mindset even amidst circumstances that can feel out of our control.


Navigating the Emotional Turf of Fall Family Gatherings

While warm weather has given families the opportunity to gather relatively safely in backyards, fall and winter celebrations are a trickier proposition. Dr. Charity Hoffman shares her experience.


Covid-19 Has Also Closed Other People’s Houses

What kids learn in their friends’ homes can be more important than what they learn in the classroom. Dr. Kate Rosenblum shares her expertise.

Zero to Thrive Guides and Resources for:

Parents & Caregivers

Information and resources to help parents and caregivers care for themselves

Young Children

Helping children feel safer and more secure during uncertain times

Perinatal Women

Learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy and breastfeeding

Professionals & Providers

Helping guide families through this crisis while coping with the impact themselves

Michigan Residents: Where to Find Assistance

Need help finding food, applying for unemployment, or paying your utilities? Call your local health department, church, or visit the State of Michigan's 'Resources for Families' webpage. A list of resources in Washtenaw County can be found below:


Call 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected to a list of statewide resources for everything from food and diapers to rental assistance. You can also search the 211 online database.


Provides information on how to access resources aimed at supporting Michiganders through the coronavirus pandemic and related economic slowdown. (En español)


Enables Michigan residents to identify their needs and connect to community resources that meet those needs. The online portal provides access to and management of benefits.


Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program. For breastfeeding support, call the WIC Breastfeeding Warmline at (833) MIWICBF / (833) 649-4223.


A guide for Detroit families in response to COVID-19.  Includes resources for food assistance, basic needs, learning from home, childcare, healthcare, and more.


Locate and contact your local United Way to ask about your eligibility for different services, including medical, utilities, internet services, childcare, and unemployment assistance.


A consolidated list of information and resources related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as its impact on mental health.

For up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Michigan, please visit the State of Michigan's Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. For general information about COVID-19, including symptoms, transmission, prevention, treatment, and summary updates of the pandemic, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.