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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 the health, school readiness, and well-being of children under age five. The organizations below are the first Ready by Five millage recipients. Click on their name to contact them and learn more about their work.

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. Ready by Five providers work as a greater network to ensure families get the services they need.

Central Intake Navigators. These organizations can direct any family looking for local early childhood resources or programs:

  • Family Futures
  • Help Me Grow Kent
  • Health Net of West Michigan
  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

Niche Navigators. These navigation experts serve a specific population within Kent County. Each program reaches families and directs them to the available resources in Kent County.

  • The Hands Connected Network
  • Family Promise of Grand Rapids
  • Health Net of West Michigan
  • The West Michigan Partnership for Children
More about Outreach and Navigation
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Healthy Development

HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS These 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 | Keep Early Education Positive (KEEP)
  • Arbor Circle | Infant Toddler Developmental Services (ITDS)
  • Easterseals
  • Healthy Homes of West Michigan
  • Kent County Health Department | Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Network
  • Kent County Health Department | Lead Home Screenings
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Early Learning Programs

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

  • Ready for School | Reach out and Read

Play and Learn Communities

Play and Learn Communities are facilitated play groups that guide parents and/or caregivers with young children through group and individual play activities that model learning opportunities and build an understanding of child development. Ready by Five Play and Learn Providers include: 

  • Comprehensive Therapy Center | Therapeutic Play and Learn Groups
  • Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative | Play Groups
  • Grand Rapids Community College | Play and Learn GRCC
  • Kent ISD | Bright Beginnings
  • Vibrant Futures | Little Learners
More about Early Learning Programs
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Parenting Education Programs

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 Initiatives 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 programs include: 

Ready by Five Home Visiting providers include:

  • Cherry Health | Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP)
  • D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s | Early Attachment Services
  • Easterseals Michigan | Incredible Years Home Coaching
  • Family Futures | Healthy Families
  • Kent ISD | Bright Beginnings
  • MomsBloom | In-home Hands-on Postpartum Support
  • Spectrum Health System | Baby Scholars and Strong Beginnings
  • Vibrant Futures | Little Scholars

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. Languages include, but are not limited to, Spanish, Nepali, Kinyarwanda, Serbo-Croatian, Swahili, Burmese, American Sign Language, Vietnamese, and Karen.

Translation and interpretation services will be conducted by:

  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Hispanic Center of West Michigan
  • Liaison Linguistics
More about Parenting Education Programs
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