Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage

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Supported by the Kent County Ready by Five Millage

Kent County says “YES” to investing in our youngest children!

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. It allows more children and families from across the community to participate in programs that are proven to increase their likelihood of success in school and beyond.

Kent County voters overwhelmingly approved the Ready by Five Early Childhood Proposal in November 2018, making Kent County the first county in Michigan with tax dollars collected specifically to support early childhood programming.

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


$5.7 million a year

from 2019 to 2024


$34 million in total

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.

The initial round of millage funding will be distributed in fall of 2019.
Please check back to learn more about the positive impact Ready by Five is having on our community.

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

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Millage News

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

For Partners

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

October 15 and 16

Millage Process

Resident Proposal Review Board

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

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