Ready by Five is Seeking Resident Proposal Review Board Parent Representatives!

First Steps Kent is recruiting parents of children birth through five years of age to serve on the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage’s Resident Proposal Review Board.

First Steps Kent and Kent County are committed to having parents of children birth through five years of age involved in all aspects of ensuring these resources are invested wisely and fairly in early childhood services across Kent County. First Steps Kent is accepting applications for two open positions.

To prepare Board members, the Resident Proposal Review Board convenes for a half-day orientation. During this time, the group learns about what is required for a proposal to be funded and how to score the proposals.

Once received by First Steps Kent, proposals are mailed to each Board member’s home with scoring materials and directions. Each board member reviews all proposals and submits scores, notes as well as questions they have through an online score sheet.

The full Resident Proposal Review Board then meets for 2-3 full days (depending on the number of proposals) to discuss how members scored each proposal. After discussion, the Board then comes to a decision about what proposals should be funded and how much each proposal should receive. The recommended amount is ultimately sent to the Kent County Board of Commissioners for final approval.

The term for this position is two years beginning in September 2020. Meeting dates and times are included below and may require members to meet during and after business hours. This commitment will generally not exceed 80 hours per year. Individuals serving on the Board must be a current resident of Kent County and a parent of a young child (age five or younger).

Access to reliable technology (phone, email, computer, and internet) for communication and attending virtual meetings is needed for this position. First Steps Kent may be able to provide assistance in some situations.

Parent Representatives will be compensated with a stipend of $25/hr.

Dates to Note as You Consider Applying…

  • You will want to join us for all required orientation and training sessions. The next training session will be scheduled for mid to late September 2020 and will be a half-day.
  • As mentioned, all members will individually review and score funding proposals using an online scorecard format. This can be done online from your home, at any time of the day. It could take up to 24 hours to complete. The review period is tentatively scheduled for October 16, 2020, to November 5, 2020.
  • The major work happens during the Resident Proposal Review Board meetings. We need everyone at all meetings. This is the time the board works together to determine how funds should be allocated to each proposal. Meeting dates could be up to three full days (depending on the number of proposals). The tentative dates are scheduled for November 10-13, 2020.
  • Throughout the year, the Board meets periodically to support the monitoring of investments by attending periodic meetings. Dates are TBD.


Please fill out this application.

The deadline to complete this application is August 17, 2020.

The selection process will ensure there is the inclusion of individuals from all areas of Kent County and welcome people of different ethnicities, races, religions, sexual identities, and/or genders.

What is Ready by Five?

In November 2018, Kent County passed a .25 mil increase. This will generate more than $5 million annually for the next 6 years to provide dedicated funding for community-based early childhood programs that are proven to work, ensuring that children and their families have access to vital services and supports.

First Steps Kent is the organization administering these funds based on recommendations from members of the community serving on the Ready by Five Resident Proposal Review Board.

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