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Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage

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Supported by the Kent County Ready by Five Millage

Ready by Five 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 focused on healthy development, early learning, and family support. Thousands more received information and resources about early childhood development.

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


$7 million in 2024


$37 million in total

Ready by Five Programs

Ready by Five supports 18 community-based organizations that provide 32 different early childhood programs, including:

  • Prenatal support
  • Developmental screenings to identify potential delays and disabilities
  • Assistance navigating the early childhood system
  • Home visits that support caregivers
  • Play and learn groups, which help develop language and learning skills
  • Elimination of hazardous substances, like lead, from homes
  • Intensive therapy for children dealing with behavioral health issues
  • Books for families to support reading at home

Ready by Five complements state and federal funding, generating about $7.7 million a year to expand access to early childhood programming. It costs the owner of a home valued at $300,000 about $37.50 annually, or $3.13 per month.

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  • Funding Opportunities
  • Millage Impact
  • Voter Information

Funding Opportunities

A Request for Proposals (RFP) was released on April 23, 2024. Proposals are due May 28 by 3 p.m. Learn more about the eight funding opportunities here.

e-CImpact is First Steps Kent's online system for managing the Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage process annually. Agencies will submit applications through e-CImpact.

  • If you are an AGENCY, click HERE to enter.
  • If you are a RESIDENT PROPOSAL REVIEW BOARD MEMBER, click HERE to enter.