Early Childhood

A Message from the Kent County Health Department

More information on Coronavirus can also be found on the Access Kent Website.



Bright Beginnings Page Link

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.


Great Start to Quality Kent Resource Center

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 On Michigan Link

Help for Your Baby from Early On

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


Great Start Readiness Program Page Link
Free Preschool
for qualifying families through Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). 

Click our logo for more information about GSRP!

We provide free preschool to four-year-olds in Kent County.  Click here to apply online!  If you have any questions, call 616-447-2409.  


First Steps Site Link 


 Success Starts Early Site Link  


Ashley Karsten
Director of Early Childhood
Karen Lezan
Bright Beginnings Coordinator
Brianne Blevins
Slp Home Community