Western Early Childhood Support Network

The Kent Resource Center provides Kent County families with the tools to find child care in the area. Located in Grand Rapids, our lending library is available to providers and families. The Ellison Die Cutting Rooms are available for providers' use.

The Great Start to Quality Kent Resource Center serves Kent county, and is housed in the Kent ISD.

Kent Resource Center hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on weekends. 

Services for Parents

  • Help parents find child care and preschool by navigating the Great Start to Quality website to generate a referral list. 
  • Referrals to FREE 4 year-old preschool, Great Start Readiness Progream or Head Start programs.
  • Get help paying for child care - Referrals to the Department of Health and Human Services to access child care subsidies. 
  • Lists of resources in Kent County that might meet the needs of individual families. 

Services for Child Care Providers

  • Professional Development trainings are offered through miregistry.org.
  • Quality Improvement Specialists are available to assist child care providers and programs who want to participate in the Great Start to Quality system. 
  • Quality Improvement Consultants are available to provide support in improving and maintaining quality for those providers and programs participating in the Great Start to Quality system. 
  • Resources are available for license-exempt and licensed child care programs in our Lending Library.
  • Technical Assistance is available for all providers via email or phone. 

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Lending Library

Our Lending Library is available to you as a free educational resource for you and your children! You can visit our online library system to view the resources we have to offer. To obtain lending library materials please contact your consultant and/or contact Great Start to Quality Kent Resource Center at 616-447-5678 or email kentresourcecenter@kentisd.org

REMC Ellison Room

Our neighbors at the Kent ISD in the Education Service Center have Michigan's largest selection of die cuts available for your use. 

Appointments recommended, call 616-447-5678.

The Ellison Die Cutting Room is located at: 

2930 Knapp NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49525

www.kentisd.org/instructional-services/remc/educator-resources/

Along with our learning materials, the Resource Center provides information on Head Start programs in Kent County.

Kent County Child Care Provider Groups 

Grupo de Proveedores Hispanas (Hispanic Provider Group)

2nd Wednesday of the Month, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Contact Annastashia Flores; annastashiaflores@kentisd.org

 

License Exempt Provider Group

1st Tuesday of the Month, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Contact Mikaela Lamreoux; mikaelalamreoux@kentisd.org

 

Licensed In Home Provider Group

2nd Tuesday of the Month, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Contact Kathleen Neumann; kathleenneumann@grcc.org

616-234-2410

 

North Kent Home Provider Group

2nd Wednesday of the Month, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 

Contact Chanelle Charity; chanellecharity@kentisd.org

 

South Kent Home Provider Group

3rd Tuesday of the Month, 6:30 - 8 p.m. 

Contact Annastashia Flores; annastashiaflores@kentisd.org

 

Refugee Childcare Provider Network

Once a month on Saturday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Contact Chanelle Charity; chanellecharity@kentisd.org and

Crystal Bulgarella; crystalbulgarella@kentisd.org

 

All provider groups are FREE of charge and meeting virtually at this time.

 

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Community Resources

We work with many people and organizations in the community to provide you, your family and your program with the resources you need to help your family and children succeed.

Local Partners

In order to provide you and the children in our community with the best opportunities, we partner with various people, organizations and places to help make those opportunities available to you.