MARCH 2015
March is National Reading Month!

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a  child." 

-Dr. Seuss


Join us in celebrating National Reading Month this month and beyond by grabbing a book and reading aloud to a child. 


Ambassador Story: Christina Kelley

With a passion for children (she has five) and connecting with people from varied backgrounds (she speaks three languages and counting), Christina Kelly is fitting in well as a Ready for School ambassador. However, Christina, who has been serving as an ambassador for seven months, admits she didn't jump at the opportunity right away. Read on about Christina's journey as an ambassador>>

Quality Preschool: 
Enroll Now


We want every child in Holland, Zeeland and Hamilton to have access and receive a quality preschool experience. 

It matters! 


Help us spread the word this Spring, during enrollment season by promoting quality preschool, and encouraging families to Enroll Now!  


On Monday, April 13, we will have 100 of these yard signs available in English and Spanish. We ask you to put one in your yard or next to your business.  Stop by the office or contact Selica Rodriguez to pick up or secure a sign or two. 


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Early Childhood 
in the News


The infants and toddlers of today are the future leaders of our community and the talented workforce that will fuel our local economy in 20 years. Are they ready?


Everyone, from neuroscientists to social research experts, and from education professionals to criminal justice leaders and employers agree that early childhood interventions are a good investment. They are not alone-70% of American voters also agree.


Recently, Bridge Magazine and a project of The Center for Michigan produced a series of articles sharing the research, the realities in Michigan and suggestions for our state to invest in early childhood programs that matter. 


The cost is high-Yes. 


The return is even higher. 


A Great Start to preschool expansion


How one community is benefiting from preschool expansion


Putting a value on young minds


Only 1-in-10 at-risk children get benefit of parental coaching program


Michigan struggles to support child care for thousands of children


A steady doctor for babies to call their own



Every Kids Matters


WWJ Newsradio 950, in partnership with the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Kresge Foundation, is airing a special series on early childhood development.  The series will air at 7 p.m. on the last Wednesday or every month. We will be sharing this great series with you throughout the year. 


Here is the first recording in the series.