Parents Learn Kent County’s Kid’s Outcomes

Our November parent coalition meeting included soul food from The Candied Yam restaurant. After dinner the children were sent to childcare. In childcare they made beautiful picture frames with a self-portrait taken by Lianna from the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

Jayme Vosovic, Parker James, and Kelsey Perdue from the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP)  talked to us about the Kent County data from the Kids Count Michigan Data Book and how it is useful to decision makers for various reasons. We were informed with knowledgeable information about Kent County Data. Some of the data consists of the change in Health and Safety, Education, the amount of people with healthcare, and a few other topics.

Click here for the Kids Count Data information: Kids Count Michigan Data Book.

Next, Iris Gipson and Nicole Burman gave a briefing about their experience in Chicago with the COFI Institute and what’s to come for 2020. They were excited to announce that there will be a COFI sign up coming soon for next year.

Reyna Garcia also gave an update on how the Trusted Advisor Grant work is going in the Latinx community.

The night finished off with a few raffles in which some amazing book packages and passes to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum were won by numerous parents at the meeting.

Symphony Scorecards were also passed out. The Symphony Scorecards allow families to receive 4 free passes to the symphony, along with free bus passes.


Funding from the Office of Great Start within the Michigan Department of Education supports the implementation of Great Start.