JULY 2014
Thank you for celebrating with us!
We had a great time celebrating with hundreds of our community members and partners at our open house event on June 26th. We are motivated by our community's investment! 
A special thank you to the following businesses who contributed to the renovation and move of the Ready for School office:
B&W Woodworking
BandA Tech Solutions
Bouma Corporation
Boileau Communications
GDK Construction
Gebben's Concrete
Gentex Corporation
GMB Architecture & Engineering
Godwin Plumbing
HL Bolkema Decorating
Haworth, Inc.
Herman Miller Cares
Holland Bar Stool
Holland Litho
Hope College
Howard Miller Company
Knight Transfer Services
Northgate Appliance
Parkway Electric
Quality Air Heating and Cooling
Repcolite Paints
SA Morman

If you didn't make it to the open house, please know you may stop by at anytime.  We'd love to show you around!  View more pictures from the open house event.
Round-up for Ready for School

Where are you shopping and eating the week of 
July 31-August 7?
Support Ready for School by joining in the Round-up for Ready for School brought to you by several downtown businesses.  Check out who's involved and how you can support Ready for School.
  • Butch's - Make a donation when you pay your bill running all week. 
  • City Deli - Round-up your tab from your purchse running all week.
  • JK's Bakehouse and Deli - Round-up your tab from your purchase running all week.
  • Jimmy John's on 8th Street - 15% of purchase to Ready for School on Friday, August 1st between 5-9 p.m.
  • Lemonjello's - will match all customer donations, dollar for dollar.  Round-up your tab from your purchase running all week.
  • Peachwave on 8th Street - will match all customer donations, dollar for dollar.  Round-up your bill from your purchase running all week.
  • Tip Toes - Round-up your bill from your purchase running all week.
Eat, Shop, Drink, Donate that's all it takes! 

All donations will support preschool tuition and access assistance for families in our community.  Thank you to our sponsors!

Round-up for Ready for School
July 31 - August 7, 2014
Downtown Holland

If you are a downtown business and would like to participate contact  Shaunna.

Start School Ready
Start School Ready kicked off on Monday, July 7 at Maplewood Early Childhood Center.  The intensive pre-kindergarten pilot project of Ready for School and Holland Public Schools is off to a great start.  This six week pilot focuses on the individual learning of each child in the program as well as parent engagement in his/her learning. Early literacy skills, social and emotional readiness are the focus with additional emphasis on healthy eating and exercise. 

Holland Public Schools Superintendent, Brian Davis, had this to say about the pilot project, "the more quality interventions that we can provide students prior to attending kindergarten the more likely students will enter ready to learn."

Start School Ready runs Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. through August 15th. The classes are instructed by bilingual Spanish/English teachers and a healthy breakfast and lunch are provided daily.

Ready for School is still accepting applications from parents and caregivers interested in their child(ren) attending. Click here for information.

Start School Ready is being made possible through the support of the PNC Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Ready Set Talk

Last summer, we introduced a new pilot project called Ready Set Talk driven by the data from our Healthy Beginnings program and health care partnerships. Resource referrals from our health care partners were overwhelming for speech therapy, however, the resources in the community were not able to meet the demands.  

This year to ensure optimal accessibility for parents and families and stewardship of funds Ready Set Talk is being offered in concert with Start School Ready.  In addition to referrals, all children in the Start School Ready program are being screened for speech and language delays.  All students will have access to the speech resources if the need is identified.

Ready Set Talk is being made possible through the support of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation.

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