Empowering Parents

Children don't come with a guidebook, so we created the next, best thing - a conference to empower parents of children, birth to five years old, with tips, resources and knowledge to make raising your little one just a little easier.

Thank you to all who attended. For your convenience, we've linked the presentations from the conference for you to use.

Self Care: Because taking care of yourself is taking care of your children (PDF)

Behavior Strategies for Parents: From what's ideal to what's real (PDF)

Kindergarten Readiness (Powerpoint Presentation)

Kindergarten Readiness Handout (PDF)

Raising Successful Eaters (PDF)

Mealtime Tips (PDF)


Learn more about all of the Kent ISD Early Childhood programs:

Bright Beginnings serves families in Kent County with children from prenatal to kindergarten entry. We also offer home visits and playgroups in Spanish. Program services are free.

Bright Beginnings is a Blue Ribbon Model Affiliate of the Parents as Teachers program that promotes young children's early development, learning, and health by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.

Early On assists families with infants and toddlers, from birth until 36 months, who have a delay in their development or a diagnosed disability.

We provide evaluations for your child's development right in your home or at the Kent ISD. If they qualify, we create a plan and provide services & support to help your child reach their full potential.

To connect with Early On at Kent ISD, call 616-365-2310.

Early Childhood Center provides quality specialized instruction specific to the developmental needs of young children in the areas of social/emotional, early language/literacy, and adaptive behavior in order to increase inclusion within their neighborhood schools and in the community.

The Great Start Readiness Program is a state-funded preschool program.  It is free for families who qualify!  Classrooms are located in many district buildings and community-based organizations throughout our community.  

The Great Start to Quality Kent Resource Center assists parents in finding quality childcare and preschool using the Great Start to Quality Website.

Great Start to Quality Kent Resource Center also provides early learning educators, preschool teachers, and childcare providers in homes and centers with access to the 5 Star Quality Rating and Improvement System and professional development opportunities.

Help Me Grow connects families with children from birth through age five to local resources helping children grow up healthy and ready to succeed in school. We'd love to connect with you so that we can better support you and your child.