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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 2024 Ready by Five millage recipients. To search the services by category and age, use the Services Finder below.

Outreach and Navigation Providers

Outreach aims to increase the usage of early childhood programs and community resources by engaging future parents and families with young children who are not currently involved or aware of available services. As needs are identified, navigation helps address barriers to accessing services, information, and resources.

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  
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Healthy Development

Healthy Development programs aim to improve the lives of families in Kent County by promoting healthier births, overall child health and well-being, and ensuring children are on track developmentally. These are the Ready by Five funded Healthy Development Programs:

  • Arbor Circle
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Cherry Street Services
  • Family Futures
  • Family Promise
  • Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
  • Kent County Health Department
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Early Learning Programs

High-quality early learning experiences help children develop their thinking, social, and emotional skills. These programs include play and learn groups, support for caregivers, and connections 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

Home Visiting Services offer parents support and information from trained professionals, such as nurses or parent educators. Appointments occur in your home or any comfortable meeting place that is requested by the family. Millage-funded Home Visiting programs include: 

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

Child Safety Initiatives support child safety – specifically safe sleep and car safety -- for children from birth to five years of age who live in Kent County and meet household income requirements. Millage-funded Child Safety providers include:

  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Cherry Health

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
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