Early Childhood


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Learn and Play with
Bright Beginnings

We empower parents with the skills and tools they need to be their child's first and best teacher. We serve children from birth to kindergarten with homevisits, playgroups and free screenings.


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Quality Childcare with
Great Start to Quality Kent Resource Center

We help families find the right childcare for them. We also provide resources, support and professional development to childcare providers.



         Early Childhood Quick List 



Help for Your Baby
Early On

We provide developmental evaluations and early interventions in the home for children with developmental delays and medical conditions. We serve babies from birth to 3 years.  


Free Preschool
Great Start Readiness Preschool

We provide free preschool to 4 four year olds in 18 school districts in Kent County.  Call our hotline at 616.447.2409 to see if your child qualifies for this or other free preschool programs.


First Steps Great Start Collaborative


Great Start Parent Coalition        Success Starts Early  

Contact Information

Michael Ghareeb
Director of Early Childhood
(616) 365-2303


Ashley Karsten

GSRP Supervisor
(616) 447-5683 

Barbara Corbin
Early On® Coordinator 
(616) 365-2384

Jan Sabin
Parent Educator Coordinator

Terese Smith
Great Start to Quality Kent Resource Center Director
(616) 447-2423



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