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Millage Awardees

Millage Awardees Profile - Family Futures

Family Futures of Grand Rapids is part of the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage outreach and navigation network.

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 …

Millage News

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

What is the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage?

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 …

Funding Opportunities

For Applicants: Second Round of Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage…

What applicants need to know about the second round of Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage funding

Millage Awardees

Millage Awardees Profile - Health Net of West Michigan

Health Net of West Michigan is part of the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage Outreach and Navigation Network.

Millage Awardees

Millage Awardees Profile - Family Promise

Family Promise of Grand Rapids is part of the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage outreach and navigation network.

For Partners

Save the Date for the Next Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage…

October 15 and 16

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

Millage Process

Resident Proposal Review Board

Deciding how the Ready by Five Early Childhood millage funding is spent is no small task...

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...

Millage News

Kent County First in Michigan for Early Childhood Funding

When the Ready by Five Early Childhood proposal was passed in November 2018...

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 …