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Kent County Family and Children's Coordinating Council

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Council is to provide leadership to enhance the well being of children, youth, and families in Kent County so that they may achieve their greatest potential.

About the Council

The Kent County Family & Children's Coordinating Council was formed by the Kent County Board of Commissioners in 1991 to coordinate and improve services for children, youth, and families in Kent County. The Council is made up of the directors of the County and State departments that provide services to families in Kent County and representatives from education, business, private agencies, private funding organizations, consumers, and advocates. The primary service coordination work of the Council is done through its four committees, which are based on key stages in child development and the recognition that development takes place in the context of a family.

Great Start Collaborative

First Steps leads a community collaboration that is working to develop a system of support services for Kent County children, ages 0-5, and their families. By investing in our youngest children, we can ensure a stronger, more prosperous future for all. The vision shared by First Steps and its community partners is that every young child in Kent County will enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and in life. Our website: www.firststepskent.org.

Kent School Services Network

Our Vision: Bringing School & Community Together for Children

  • Students learning, growing and achieving
  • Students and families getting the services they need, when they need them - at school
  • We want to help develop the whole child and ensure all children are physically, emotionally, socially and academically ready to learn. Our website: www.kentisd.org

Community Family Partnership

The implementation of this initiative involves an agreement between community partners to utilize the system of care philosophy and principles to improve access and expand the array of services and supports to the levels necessary to meet the needs of the community's children, birth to early adulthood and their families. This approach recognizes the importance of family, school and community and seeks to promote the full potential of every child and youth by addressing their intellectual, emotional, physical, cultural and social needs. The system of care philosophy helps children, youth and families function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life.

The Community Family Partnership (CFP) will maximize the effectiveness of the use of available resources in the community by coordinating efforts, blending flexible funding and eliminating redundancies, inefficiencies, barriers and gaps. This will be accomplished through public systems service integration as well as public and private organization partnerships.

Committee Meetings:

Meeting dates are subject to change. Please contact us at (616) 632-7566 for up-to-date meeting information.

Council Meetings

First Tuesday* of the following months: January, February, April, June, September, November
12:00pm - 1:30pm
County Administration, 300 Monroe Ave., NW, Room 311
(*subject to change, the following meeting deviates from the first Tuesday due to a holiday: April 14)

Executive Committee Meetings

Second Thursday* of each month
12:00pm - 1:30pm
County Administration, 300 Monroe Ave., NW, Room 311
(*subject to change, may vary due to holidays)

Get Involved

To apply for Board-appointed boards, committees, and commissions, visit here.

To find out more about joining a committee, contact us at (616) 632-7566.

Contact Us

Kent County Family &
Children's Coordinating Council

Kent County Administration Building
300 Monroe Avenue, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2206

(616) 632-7566

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