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Early Investment. Lifelong Success.

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

Early Investment. Lifelong Success.

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

Early Investment. Lifelong Success.

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

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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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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 …

Resources

Resources for Families in Kent County in Response to COVID-19

Michigan schools have closed until further notice, and that could put a strain on your family and young children. First Steps Kent wants to connect …

COVID-19

Update to our Partners during COVID-19

Good health is a team effort. During this unprecedented time, First Steps Kent is teaming up with our many community partners to continue to support …

Resources

Resources for Child Care Providers in Response to COVID-19

For Child Care Providers, First Steps Kent wants to connect you to valuable resources that can help keep the children in your lives safe and healthy.

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...

Annemarie Valdez

Annemarie Valdez named one of the Top 200 Most Powerful Business…

We’re excited to share that our President & CEO, Annemarie Valdez, has been recognized as one of the Top 200 Most Powerful Business Leaders in West …

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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