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Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage

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Supported by the Kent County Ready by Five Millage

Strong Families. Ready Kids. Thriving Community.

The Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage provides dedicated and sustainable funding for programs that improve the health, school readiness, and well-being of children under age five. The earliest years of life are the most important for brain development and set the foundation for future success. Early investment saves money long term and leads to a strong future for our community

Amillaramiento para financiar el programa para la primera infancia “Ready by Five”

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Apoyado por la tasa de amillaramiento en el condado de Kent

El condado de Kent realiza una inversión histórica para beneficiar a nuestros niños más pequeños!

El amillaramiento para financiar el programa para la primera infancia “Ready by Five” proporciona financiamiento sostenible destinado a mejorar la salud, le preparación académica y el bienestar de niños menores de cinco años. Permite que más niños y familias de toda la comunidad puedan participar en programas donde está comprobado que incrementan la posibilidad del éxito en la escuela más allá.

En noviembre de 2018, los votantes del condado de Kent aprobaron masivamente la propuesta para el programa Ready by Five, convirtiendo el condado de Kent en el primero en el estado de Michigan en colectar impuestos específicamente para apoyar la programación dirigida a la primera infancia.
Este programa es financiado por un incremento de .25 milésimas a los impuestos de propiedad que generarán aproximadamente:

$5.7M

$5.7 millones al año desde el 2019 hasta el 2024

$34M

$34 millones en total

Ready by Five helps thousands of children and families in Kent County

In 2022, Ready by Five provided more than 12,400 young children and expectant parents from every zip code in Kent County access to programs that improve health, school readiness, and well-being. Thousands more families were supported with information about early childhood.

The millage is funded by a .25 mill property tax increase that will generate about

$7M

$7 million in 2024

$37M

$37 million in total

Evaluando el programa Ready by Five

Para poder medir el éxito del amillaramiento para financiar el programa Ready by Five, First Steps Kent garantizará la efectividad y responsabilidad de los programas financiados, incluyendo recopilación de datos, evaluación y mejora de calidad.

Conozca más acerca de las Metas y la Evaluación

First Steps Kent is issuing a Request for Proposals to help select a potential evaluator.

View the Request for Proposal
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Millage Reports

First Steps Kent appreciates the trust that the people of Kent County and the Kent County Board of Commissioners have placed in us to administer and oversee the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage.

View the following reports to learn more about how all millage dollars are being spent, which organizations and programs are being funded, and who they are serving.

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Millage News

Kent County Health Department

Kent County Health Department Home Health Lead Screenings

Young children are the most at risk for lead poisoning. Even at low levels, lead can affect a child’s brain development, causing developmental delays, …

Millage Recipients

Millage Recipient Profile - West Michigan Partnership for Children

West Michigan Partnership for Children (WMPC) is a recipient of Ready by Five Millage funding as of January 2021. WMPC works in collaboration to …

Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage

Expanded Early Childhood Services will Help More Young Kids in Kent…

Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage awards $2.6 million to 12 community programs

Liaison Linguistics

Millage Recipient Profile - Liaison Linguistics

Liaison Linguistics is new to the Ready by Five Provider Network. The agency will provide translation and interpretation support to families enrolled …

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 …

Arbor Circle

Arbor Circle’s KEEP Making a Difference

Simon*, a four-year-old, has seen things we hope children never have to. He has a history of trauma due to witnessing domestic violence by his father …

First Steps Kent administers and oversees the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage.

Community-based organizations apply for funding to provide services such as home visiting, play and learn groups, developmental screening, and navigation support to help families access the help they need and want.

Decisions about which organizations to fund are based on community needs assessments and the recommendations of the Resident Proposal Review Board, which includes parents, Kent County Commissioners and staff, a community early childhood expert, and a First Steps Kent Commissioner.

Check out this video to learn more about the successful Ready by Five ballot initiative and campaign.

First Steps Kent administers and oversees the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage

Community-based organizations apply for funding to provide services such as home visiting, play and learn groups, developmental screening, and navigation support to help families access the help they need and want.

Decisions about which organizations to fund are based on community needs assessments and the recommendations of the Resident Proposal Review Board, which includes parents, Kent County Commissioners and staff, a community early childhood expert, and a First Steps Kent Commissioner.

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Evaluating Ready by Five

An independent research and evaluation team is assessing the impact of Ready by Five on young children and their families. The external evaluation will lead to continuous quality improvement and assure the effectiveness and accountability of programs funded by the millage.

Learn more about the Evaluation
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