Ready by 5

There is much discussion around Early Childhood programming and services both nationally and locally. Key Community Representatives join in to discuss the local landscape and system of care around Early Childhood in Kent County. Today, “Born Healthy: How healthy are Kent County children? Birth & Why It Matters.” with Dr. Lisa Thiel, a Maternal Fetal Medicine Perinatologist with Spectrum Health and Denise Evans, Project Coordinator with Strong Beginnings Healthy Start.

There is much discussion around Early Childhood programming and services both nationally and locally. Key Community Representatives join in to discuss the local landscape and system of care around Early Childhood in Kent County. Today, “Empowering and Equipping Parents” with Great Start Collaborative Director, Paula Brown, and from the Great Start Collaborative Nurturing Parent Power workgroup, Nicole Notario-Risk and Chana Edmond-Verley.

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There is much discussion around Early Childhood programming and services both nationally and locally. Key Community Representatives join in to discuss the local landscape and system of care around Early Childhood in Kent County. Today, “Parents’ Perspective: How Early Childhood Services Have Helped Their Families” with Jessica Turk from the Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County and Kristina Donaldson, First Steps Kent Commissioner.

Please visit  successstartsearly.org for more information.

There is much discussion around Early Childhood programming and services both nationally and locally. Key Community Representatives join in to discuss the local landscape and system of care around Early Childhood in Kent County. Today, “Kindergarten Readiness – What does it mean to be ready for Kindergarten?” with Ana Alerman-Putnam, Principal at East Elementary in Grandville Public Schools and Kate Lara, Director of Early Childhood in Grand Rapids Public Schools.

There is much discussion around Early Childhood programming and services both nationally and locally. Key Community Representatives join in to discuss the local landscape and system of care around Early Childhood in Kent County. Today, “What are we doing in Early Childhood in our community?” with Amy Turner-Thole, Communications Director with First Steps Kent and Kate Pew-Wolters, First Steps Kent Co-Chair.  

Please visit  successstartsearly.org for more information.

Ready by 5 Series

Oct 9, 2018

There is much discussion around Early Childhood programming and services both nationally and locally. Key Community Representatives join in to discuss the four pillars of the plan prepared by First Steps Kent County. Today, “Why Early Childhood Matters” with Anissa Eddie, Pritzker Early Childhood Fellow and Lew Chamberlin, First Steps Kent Co Chair.

Please visit  successstartsearly.org for more information.

Voters in Kent County this November will consider a millage that would provide a dedicated source of funding for community-based early childhood programs. According to the Kent County Clerk’s office, the "Ready by Five Early Childhood Proposal" will ask voters to approve a new six-year millage that would raise nearly $6 million a year to provide early childhood development services to persons up to age 5 and their parents.

Approved for the ballot last June by the Kent County Board of Commissioners, the proposal is the brainchild of non-profit First Steps Kent.