See what supporters of the Ready by Five Early Childhood Proposal are saying

“Investing in children early pays off for our entire community. Kent County has the opportunity to be a leader in addressing Michigan’s talent gap by investing early in services that are critical to future academic and economic success.”
Mike Jandernoa
Talent 2025 CEO Council Member
“It’s in everyone’s best interest to invest in all Kent County children. Studies show that investing in early childhood programs saves money in the long run and ensures better outcomes for health, education and employment.”
Lew Chamberlin
Co-Chair of the First Steps Commission and owner of West Michigan Whitecaps
“The proposal is carefully crafted and supported by First Steps’ cited reporting and outcomes reports.”
Grand Rapids Business Journal
June 22, 2018
“As a parent of young kids, I know firsthand how important early childhood services are for children under age 5 and it makes a difference in their development and future success. This proposal will support parents so they can ensure their children are healthy and ready for kindergarten.”
Anissa Eddie
parent and early childhood advocate

Endorsements!

 

Organizations

Family Futures

First Steps Kent

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education

Heart of West Michigan United Way

Health Net of West Michigan

Healthy Homes Coalition 

Kent County Essential Needs Task Force

Kent School Services Network

Literacy Center of West Michigan

Progressive Women’s Alliance of West Michigan PAC

West Michigan Whitecaps

Individuals

Alex Contreras

Alyssa Lock

Amanda Winn

Amy Waldron

Ana Aleman

Andrea Robinson

Anthony Smith

Ashley Smolinski

Barb Corbin

Ben Brower 

Beth Dornan

Betty Zylstra

Bill Faber 

Bill and Mary Ford

Bincy Teodorescu

Bing Goei

Bob & Barbara Herr

Brianna Vasquez de Pereira 

Bryana Hopkins

Caitlyn Dykehouse 

Candace Cowling

Carol Hennessy 

Carol Paine-McGovern

Carl Ver Beek

Carly Stender

Cathy Albro

Christina Arnold

Christine Bonk 

Christina Pavlak 

Claudia Bajema

Connie Bohatch

Courtney Myers-Keaton

Dana Evans

David Allen

David LaGrand

Don & Nancy Lubbers

Doug DeVos

Donte Castleberry

Dr. Bill Pink

Dr. Gwenden Dueker

Dr. Juan Olivarez

Dr. Melinda Johnson

Dr. Susan K. Verwys

Dr. Wendy Falb

Earlina Libbett

Elizabeth Kramb

Erica Curry VanEe

Erin Stephens

Gayle Orange

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss

Grand Rapids City Commissioner Nathanial Moody

Grand Rapids City Commissioner Kurt Reppart

Grand Rapids City Commissioner Ruth Kelly

Hazel Lewis

Heather S. Boswell 

Ingrid Cheslek

Jacklyn Stetson

Janet Zahn

Jean Silbar

Jenine Torres

Jenn Harrod

Jennifer Singer

Jim & Harriet Engbers

Jim & Amy Keane

Jim and Susan MacLean

Jim and Marie Preston 

Joan Secchia

Joan Silbar

Joe Sommerdyke 

John Helmholdt

John Kennedy

John & Micki Benz

Joslin Ham

Jonathan Gladding

Judy Freeman

Julie Ridenour

 

Kara Bilkers

Karen Burd

Karen Lezan

Karen O’Donovan

Karen Weaver

Katherine DeVries

Kathy Zacharias

Kate Campbell

Kate Parr

Kate DeVries

Kate Pew Wolters

Katy Piirala

Kelsey Rondeau   

Kent County Commissioner Dave Bulkowski & Melissa Budzynski

Kent County Commissioner Harold Mast

Kent County Commissioner Jim Saalfeld

Kent County Commissioner Jim Talen & Pat Talen

Kent County Commissioner Phil Skaggs

Kent County Commissioner Stan Stek

Kevin Stotts

Kim Zoller 

Klaas Kwant

Kristina Donaldson

Lafonda Jones

Laura Mammen

Laura Ward

Lauren McNabb

Laurie & Don Gardner

Lew & Anne Chamberlin

Lynne Ferrell

Lisa Knight

Lynnette Robinson

Marc Branca

Maureen Hale

Maria Lara

Mary Hoogland DeGroot 

Melanie Hoeksema 

Melanie Beelan

Melissa & J. Paul Janes

Michelle Van Dyke

Mike & Sue Jandernoa

Milt & Barb Rohwer

Nicole Fife

Nate & Valerie Guzman

Nick Thole & Amy Turner-Thole

Nkechy Ezeh Ed.D.

Noah DeSmit

Paul Ellis

Paula Brown

Paul & Julie Haan

Peggy Vander Meulen

Rachel Hood

Rachel Johnson

Renee Smith

Rob Jackson

Ron Caniff

Rich Liberatore

Ruth Jones

Sally Kapteyn

Sarah McLean

Sarah Sobel

Sean Welsh

Steve Heacock

Sue Schuelke-Davidson

Sue Livingston

Suzanne Moore

Sydney Doornbos 

Tara Gwamna

Tari Rauser

Tasha Washington

Tommy Brann

Tonya Harris

Tonja Moyer

Vanessa Jimenez

Vaneese Chandler

Wende Randall

William Treman

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