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“Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.”

Bayshore's Prevention department is busy doing planned activities, presentations and parenting classes in the Erie and Ottawa schools and communities. 

Prevention is planned strategies and activities designed to reduce the risk of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use as well as mental health issues in an age appropriate manner. Prevention operates by using a risk/protective factor theory and the theory of asset development.

We offer evidence based and best practice programs such as Stop Bullying Now, Life Skills and the The Incredible Years Program in the Erie and Ottawa County schools. Also prevention offers the POWER program to schools delivered in classrooms, small groups and

one-on-one and includes presentations on anger management, conflict resolution, decision making, how to recognize and handle our feelings and dating violence information. We work with the schools to offer a variety of presentations to meet their needs.

Put Parenting First classes are offered in Erie and Ottawa county. Parenting classes are also offered via Telehealth. Please call or email Carrie Kennedy at

Bayshore also received a grant for Early Childhood Mental Health called Whole Child Matters. This grant involves children from  0-8 years old. Through this grant Bayshore has an ECMH consultant in one school in Erie County and one school in Ottawa County. The consultants will offer screenings, interventions and home consultation to engage parents of children who may be struggling with classroom behaviors. Through collaboration with school administration, staff and referral sources, the goal is to reduce behavior referrals and increase student's time in the classroom exhibiting appropriate and productive behaviors.

Bayshore also provides Early Childhood Mental Health services which are classroom observation and home visits to parents of three to seven year olds in Erie and Ottawa Counties. This is provided through referral sources and self-referral. Please call Bayshore Counseling Services if interested - email Carrie Kennedy at

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