Welcome to Metro Detroit Mommy, I’m Amber Louchart, your local guide to finding places to play and activities that are fun and safe for you and your children.
Metro Detroit Mommy was created in November of 2010. My husband and I were looking for an indoor play place to take our daughter, Rosa. As we were searching on our separate computers, racing to be the first to find the right place to visit, I thought to myself, “Why isn’t there a website with all this information?” And Metro Detroit Mommy was born.
Creating this kind of website was such a natural step for me after creating The Activity Idea Place in 1998 (a page about early childhood lesson plans), and is truly a labor of love. I have created a one-stop-shop for family activities to save you time and the frustration of always trying to come up with new experiences for your children to enjoy.
Metro Detroit Mommy has evolved into a place for me to support and promote local child-centered businesses and events.
Amber is the proud Homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (23), Rosaleigh (9), Carlyn (6), Naomi (3) and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. She enjoys reading, crafting, photography & singing, although with four children, a house to clean and two websites, she rarely finds time to engage in her hobbies. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy.
Writer & Social Media Manager
Julie is first and foremost a mom of two amazing kiddos, Elliott and Bennett. She is married to her beautiful wife, Betsy, and is an elementary school librarian.
Writer and CPST Expert
Dana is the lucky mother to two incredible kids (aged 10 & 6) and the happy wife of Nate. She stumbled around in her adult life for a while before finally realizing that she could get paid to pursue her passion: keeping kids safe. In 2013 she started working at Modern Natural Baby in Ferndale where she eventually became a Child Passenger Safety Technician with additional Special Needs training. Dana also runs the child passenger safety-focused Facebook page Buckle Up Detroit and works with the amazing lady bosses at Metro Detroit Doula Services offering car seat classes, consultations, and more!
I'm a Detroit photographer, who wants to show everyone how beautiful the world can be! I graduated from Michigan State University in 2014. In addition to photography, I also work with children with autism. My son Rowan is 4 and we reside in Detroit Michigan where I grew up. I am currently continuing my education at Wayne State University.
Tasneem is a Muslim American-Bangladeshi wife and stay at home mommy of twin girls. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas. She moved to the Detroit area, more specifically Auburn Hills about a year and a half ago from Dallas, Texas and has been enjoying all that she can and all that the city has to offer. Tasneem loves spending time with her two girls, participating in various activities and fun experiences to make them well rounded Muslim American Bangladeshis! Follow her personal Instagram @tazzybe3 to catch a glimpse of the twins' daily adventures and her life with 2 sassy toddlers!
Writer & Dietitian
Grace is a wife and a mommy of two amazing children, Kahlea and Tommy. She is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes and certified health coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and a featured blogger at A Healthier Michigan. She is a lover of food, Detroit sports, dance, music and everything Justin Timberlake. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. (Go Green!) Grace has also earned a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. Mrs. Derocha has a number of certifications to help her educate people regarding how to live a healthier lifestyle, including a weight loss management certification and experience as a group fitness instructor. Grace is very passionate about helping the world become a healthier and happier place.
Mali is a work from home mother of 5 boys: Naseem, Syeef, Atom, DanJe and Honor and 2 parrots: Chico (Congo African Grey) and Robot (Solomon Island Eclectus). Her passions include Normalizing Breastfeeding, Crochet, Sewing, and Environmental Conservation.
Health & Fitness Writer
Theresa is a wife and stay at home mother of 2 energetic boys, DJ (11) and Aiden (8). Her hobbies include traveling, reading, running, blogging, cooking and volunteering at MI Humane Society. She enjoys being active and is proud to have completed two marathons. She loves to share her passion for health and fitness with others. You can find her Facebook page at Inspired Health & Fitness, where she posts recipes, motivation, fitness tips etc.
Jennifer is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and owner of Feed the Babes, a Private Practice which offers in-home breastfeeding support services throughout both Metro-Detroit and Windsor/Essex communities. With a commitment to equity, access, and social justice, she works to speak truths while breaking down structural racism and barriers within at-risk communities.When she’s not providing clinical support, running support groups or facilitating community meetings she is spending time with her family.
Wife and mother to her husband and two energized kiddos, they love all things travel, health, fitness, activities, and fun! Balance is KEY! As frequent campers and beachgoers, they enjoy the outdoors while soaking up the sun.
Ayesha is a very talented, self-taught photographer for Metro Detroit Mommy. She is a single mom to her beautiful children. Like many moms, she wears many hats. She’s an accountant and a certified divorce coach. Ayesha is passionate about helping others through her experiences. In her limited free time she enjoys food photography which has turned into more than just a hobby for her. Check out her Instagram @holdyourforks and @risingabovedivorce
Writer and ECE Expert
Early Childhood Professional, “Music with Ms. Carissa,” Toddler Mama, and now blogger thanks to MDM! Carissa works as an Early Childhood Specialist for Michigan’s state-funded Preschool Program, the Great Start Readiness Program. In her spare time, she entertains children and families with live music as part of her Music with Ms. Carissa. Most importantly, she is “Jack’s Mom” and loves adventuring with her young toddler all around Metro Detroit!
Briana Marie is a yoga-obsessed Mom of 2 vibrant young girls. She has a BA in Communications and makes a living as a freelance writer, blogger, and Gymnastics coach. When she is not typing away on the computer, she loves to spend time indulging in some of her favorite creative outlets and enjoying the great outdoors. Briana is a huge advocate for “freeing your inner child,” and encourages her fellow Moms to make stress-free FUN a priority in their lives.Briana’s blog Major League Mommy focuses on effective Parenting Made Fun. You can follow her journey on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Korie is a work at home mom to an energetic little boy. She loves big books, chocolate, writing and crochet. A recovering former journalist, Korie is also a wife, cook and allergy mama. Follow her on Twitter at @koriemw.
Jackie is a stay at home mom to two adventure-loving boys; a wife to a husband who is very tolerant of her reading addiction; and the owner of Literary Escapism where she has actively promoted books since 2006. Since introducing her boys to the world of superheroes and Doctor Who, she has realized that she is a bigger geek than she knew. She loves exploring and finding new adventures to take her boys on, and it turns out they love checking out the unknown as well.
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Great Start Readiness Program is a Michigan state-funded preschool program for four-year-old children with factors which may place them at risk of educational failure. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Great Start. Funding is allocated to Wayne RESA to administer the program locally. Research on preschool programs and specific research on GSRP indicates that children provided with a high-quality preschool experience show significant positive developmental differences when compared to children from the same backgrounds who did not attend a high-quality preschool program.