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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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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

Millage News

What Every Resident Should Know about the Ready By Five Early…

What is the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage?

Millage Awardees

Four Local Organizations to Receive First Round of Millage Funding

Ready By Five Early Childhood Millage Will Help Connect Thousands Of Kent County Families To Critical Services

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 …

Literacy

Boosting Literacy in Kent County

One in six children who does not read proficiently in third grade does not graduate from high school on time – a rate four times greater than that for …

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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