More tax-funded early childhood programs to begin January 2021 in Kent County

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — County leaders have put $2.6 million toward programs, such as translation services and learning kits, aimed at the healthy development and early learning of children up to age 5.

The Kent County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 3, voted unanimously to allocate the early childhood millage dollars to 12 community programs.

The sign-off from the county board marks the second round of program funding commissioners have approved. Earlier this year, they approved allocating $3.27 million for early childhood development programs that began in March and will end December 2021.