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The Ready by Five Early Childhood Provider Network

The Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage provides dedicated and sustainable funding for programs that improve children's health, school readiness, and well-being. The organizations below are 2023 Ready by Five millage recipients. To search the services by category and age, use the Services Finder below.

Outreach and Navigation Providers

OUTREACH AND NAVIGATION services educate parents about resources available to support healthy child development and early learning and connect them to programs in the community. They engage expectant parents and parents of young children, with a strategic focus on those with the highest needs.

These Ready by Five providers work as a greater network to ensure families get the early childhood resources or services they need:

  • Family Futures
  • Health Net of West Michigan  
  • Help Me Grow Kent
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Healthy Development

HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS programs and services ensure expectant parents and those with young children have access to comprehensive, coordinated care that maximizes the child’s physical and emotional health and regular screenings to identify developmental delays, disabilities, and emotional concerns. Examples of services include developmental screening tools, healthcare-focused programming, behavioral health services, and programs addressing environmental hazards. Ready by Five Healthy Development providers include:

  • Arbor Circle
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Cherry Street Services
  • Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative
  • Easterseals
  • Family Futures
  • Family Promise
  • Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
  • Kent County Health Department
  • West Michigan Partnership for Children’s Parent Engagement Program
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Early Learning Programs

High-quality early learning experiences nurture a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development. Examples of Early Learning services include play and learn groups, supports for caregivers, and linkages to early intervention services. Early Learning providers include:

  • Comprehensive Therapy Center
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Kent ISD
  • Reach out and Read Michigan
  • Vibrant Futures
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Parenting Education and Support

Child Safety Initiatives support child safety – specifically safe sleep and automobile safety for children from birth through five years of age who are currently living in Kent County and meet income requirements. Millage-funded Child Safety providers include:

  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Cherry Health
  • Family Futures

Home Visiting Services are when trained providers, such as nurses or parent educators, regularly visit families in your home or comfortable meeting place to offer a variety of one-on-one education and support. Millage-funded Home Visiting providers include: 

  • Cherry Health
  • Corewell Health System
  • D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s
  • Easterseals Michigan
  • Family Futures
  • Kent ISD
  • MomsBloom
  • Vibrant Futures

Translation and Interpretation Services. These agencies provide interpretation and translation services (in-person, telephone, and written) to programs that are funded by Ready by Five. Services are conducted by:

  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Hispanic Center of West Michigan
  • Liaison Linguistics
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