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The Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage.

Equity and Inclusion.

Our commitment to advancing equity and inclusion so that all children grow up healthy, safe, and strong.

Early Investment. Lifelong Success.

Every young child in Kent County deserves the opportunity to reach his or her full potential!

You Got This.

It's hard to be a parent right now. You got this.

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First Steps Kent is an independent nonprofit organization that works with parents, service providers, funders, advocates, and other stakeholders to build a comprehensive early childhood system in Kent County.

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You Got This.

You Got This.

The last few months have upended many – if not most – of our routines. That is especially true for parents, who suddenly had to balance the closure of …

Equity and Inclusion

How to Talk to Your Kids about Racism

It is important that young children see the adults in their lives promoting positive change. First Steps Kent has compiled a list of resources to …

Play and Learn Communities

Play and Learn Groups Get Creative

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, we focused on the need to meet parents and families where they were. This happened quickly with online …

Equity and Inclusion

Equity and Inclusion Impact Statement

First Steps does and has always felt the anguish of injustice for people of color. That is why we intently focus on creating lasting change staring …

Child Care

Distribution of Supplies to Child Care Providers

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 crisis has raised awareness about the importance of a critical workforce – child care providers. In response, the …

COVID-19

Ready by Five Programs Find a Way

The COVID-19 crisis brought much of Michigan to a halt at the same time organizations across Kent County were ramping up their services for families …

Child Care

Coordinating Child Care During COVID-19

The people of West Michigan are expressing well-deserved gratitude to our essential workers in health care, food supply, the delivery industry, first …

Birth Equity

Birth Equity in Kent County

The health of a baby at birth can have a lasting impact on his or her development, learning, and behavior, ultimately impacting success in school and …

Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage

Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage awards $7.6 million to 23…

Thousands of kent county families will benefit from increased early childhood programming.

Annemarie Valdez

Annemarie Valdez honored among 50 Most Influential Women in West…

Annemarie Valdez honored among 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan for 2020

Community Partners

How Head Start Made a Difference in Annemarie Valdez's Future

Head Start for Kent County interviewed First Steps Kent President & CEO, Annemarie Valdez, on her experiences with Head Start as a child in inner-city …

Early Learning

Pilot Program to Provide Business Support to Child Care Providers

First Steps Kent received a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to...

Investing in early childhood leads to a more prosperous and equitable community. Prevention and early intervention get better results and cost less than trying to address problems as children get older.

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First Steps Kent is an independent nonprofit organization that works with parents, service providers, funders, advocates, and other stakeholders to build a comprehensive early childhood system in Kent County.

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