Shared Services for Child Care Providers: A Pilot Project
Shared Services is an innovative approach to strengthen the child care industry by helping providers share costs and deliver services in a more streamlined and efficient way.
A three-year grant will allow First Steps Kent to pilot a Shared Services model to offer more support and back-end services to childcare centers and family homes. The expenses and time associated with running a childcare business force many providers out of the industry. Research shows easing those burdens helps stabilize the pool of providers, giving families more options.
What Child Care Providers Need to Know About CARES Act Funding
Kent County recently awarded First Steps Kent $450,000 in federal CARES Act dollars to assist licensed child care providers. This grant funding will …
Kent County Awards First Steps Kent Grant Funding to Help Child Care…
Funding Will Assist More Than 600 Licensed Childcare Providers Implement New COVID-19 Protocols
Re-Opening Resources for Child Care Providers
With the spread of COVID-19, child care providers are being asked to develop and implement new health and safety protocols to ensure children, …
Distribution of Supplies to Child Care Providers
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 crisis has raised awareness about the importance of a critical workforce – child care providers. In response, the …
Coordinating Child Care During COVID-19
The people of West Michigan are expressing well-deserved gratitude to our essential workers in health care, food supply, the delivery industry, first …
Cash Assistance for Child Care Providers
A new resource for "Cash Assistance" assistance for Kent County residents has been added to Heart of West Michigan United Way's 2-1-1 referral system.
COVID-19 Financial Resources for Child Care Providers
As a Child Care Business, you help our community every day by providing safe and nurturing environments in which children learn and grow. We know that …
Resources for Child Care Providers in Response to COVID-19
For Child Care Providers, First Steps Kent wants to connect you to valuable resources that can help keep the children in your lives safe and healthy.
Pilot Program to Provide Business Support to Child Care Providers
First Steps Kent received a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to...