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Free preschool available to Kent County low-income families


Patrick Center
June 4, 2014 | WGVU   “It’s very important that we have the availability of preschool for as many children as we can reach throughout the county.”

Mike Ghareeb is director of early childhood education for Kent Intermediate School District.

“Especially those in impoverished areas who can’t afford to send children to a paid preschool site that’s really our goal here with the free preschool advertising campaign and free preschool offerings that we have here at Kent ISD.”

If your child turns 3 or 4-years old by October 1st they could be eligible. The awareness campaign says, “Families qualify for free preschool based on their income or other factors such as special needs, foster care, or high risks. Guidelines vary based on the age of the child.”

“It just prepares them for school readiness much better than if they had no experience at all and we really feel that we all have quality programming that can go above and beyond what we’ve seen in the past making sure that all children are ready when they go into kindergarten we know that early readiness is also going to increase the odds that children are literate and can read at proficient levels by third grade which is another goal of our state and country at this time.”

There are two ways to find out if their children qualify by logging on to www.freepreschoolkent.org or calling 616-447-2409.

Additional Great Start Readiness Programs are provided by Kent ISD through the following school districts:
Byron Center Public Schools
Caledonia Community Schools
Cedar Springs Public Schools
Comstock Park Public Schools
Forest Hills Public Schools
Godfrey Lee Public Schools
Godwin Heights Public Schools
Grandville Public Schools
Kelloggsville Public Schools
Kenowa Hills Public Schools
Kent City Community Schools
Kentwood Public Schools
Lowell Area Schools
Northview Public Schools
Rockford Public Schools
Sparta Area Schools
Thornapple Kellogg Schools
Wyoming Public Schools
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Today
Several hundred attend Grand Rapids Ferguson rally
  November 26, 2014  |  WGVU  Residents, students and community organizations came together in cities and campuses across West Michigan after this week’s grand jury decision in Ferguson.    
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Jury deciding case of tutor who had sex with boy
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Kalamazoo MI  November 26, 2014  |  WGVU  The rear window of a Kalamazoo police car was broken during an otherwise peaceful protest tied to the shooting of an 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.    

Yesterday
Grand Rapids holds Ferguson solidarity event
  November 25, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids joins other Michigan cities gathering tonight following Monday’s decision in Ferguson.    
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'ReThink' promotes region to former residents
  November 25, 2014  |  WGVU  A Thanksgiving Eve event hopes to attract former Michigan talent back to the area.    
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WGVU-HD airing FRONTLINE "Ebola Outbreak"
  November 25, 2014  |  WGVU  Tuesday, November 25th @ 10:00 PM on WGVU-HD, FRONTLINE takes you to the villages outside Sierra Leone, Africa. Producer and reporter Wael Dabbous introduces you to patients infected with the deadly virus and the health care workers treating and tracking Ebola.    
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Michigan Supreme Court taking part in adoption day
LANSING, Mich.   November 25, 2014  |  AP  A Michigan Supreme Court justice joins other judges in approving adoptions as part the state's 12th annual adoption day.   
Michigan commission urges gay rights protections
KALAMAZOO, Mich.   November 25, 2014  |  AP  The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is calling on the Legislature to prohibit discrimination against gays by passing civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.   
Michigan delays implementing health care program
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Detroit vigil takes place after Ferguson decision
DETROIT  November 25, 2014  |  AP  A peaceful vigil took place in downtown Detroit after a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer who killed a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.   
State police boost patrols around Thanksgiving
LANSING, Mich.  November 25, 2014  |  AP  Michigan State Police troopers are boosting patrols as part of an effort to keep roads safe for Thanksgiving travelers.   
Michigan woman gets probation for animal cruelty
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.   November 25, 2014  |  AP  A Grand Rapids woman has received five years of probation after 37 dogs were found living in unsanitary conditions in her home.   
U of M: 11 sex misconduct violations over 12 months
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LANSING, Mich  November 25, 2014  |  MPRN  By Jake Neher The state House is expected to take up legislation next month that could decide the future of Michigan’s film credit program.   
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Monday
High winds, snow forecast in parts of Michigan
Grand Rapids MI  November 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Forecasters say a cold front moving through the Great Lakes region will bring high winds and lower temperatures to Michigan.    
Homeless camp faces eviction in Ann Arbor
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Rhodes scholars include Michigan man
Holland MI  November 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A University of Michigan student from western Michigan has been named a Rhodes scholar.    
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 13 cents in week
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Authorities: Man, 22, fatally stabs woman, 57
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Fire put out at Grand Rapids trucking business
Grand Rapids MI  November 24, 2014  |  WGVU  Authorities say a suspected natural gas explosion may have started a fire at a trucking business in Grand Rapids.    
Conversations can 'move the needle' of inequity
  November 24, 2014  |  WGVU  A recent event addressing racial inequity in Grand Rapids underscores the importance of having those conversations.    
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Michigan-Ohio rivalry... over insurance sign-ups?
ANN ARBOR, Mich.  November 24, 2014  |  AP  In a nod to their states' historic football rivalry, Michigan and Ohio health advocates have launched a competition to see which state can reach the most uninsured residents about health coverage.   
Murder charge for man, 22, in stabbing of aunt, 57
ANTWERP TOWNSHIP, Mich.  November 24, 2014  |  AP  Authorities say a 22-year-old man fatally stabbed his 57-year-old aunt at their home in southwestern Michigan following a dispute.   
Kalamazoo County re-count to begin Dec. 8
  November 24, 2014  |  MPRN  Candidates and campaigns that are unhappy with the results of the November elections have until Wednesday afternoon to ask for recounts.    
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Friday
Weekend warm-up in Michigan to melt some snow
Grand Rapids MI  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Forecasters say a weekend warm-up in Michigan will lead to melting snow and rain that could combine to bring rising river levels and even flooding in places.    
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Washington DC  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  A Michigan woman carrying a gun was arrested outside the White House just after President Barack Obama completed a nationally broadcast speech announcing his plan for the U.S. immigration system.    
Dallas to host 19-day ArtPrize competition in 2016
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Dearborn, MI  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  AAA says nearly 1.5 million people in Michigan plan to travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday period.    
County, GRCC decline city tax plan
  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Grand Rapids Community College and Kent County have both opted out of a $5 million western Grand Rapids development project.    
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“The Discovery of King Tut” exhibition tour coming to Grand Rapids
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Coming in 2015, visitors to Grand Rapids Public Museum can experience one of the world’s greatest archeological discoveries.   
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West Michigan U.S. Representative responds to President Obama's immigration order
  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  In response to President Barack Obama’s executive order protecting roughly 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally from deportation, House Speaker John Boehner says the president’s decision to go it alone "cemented his legacy of lawlessness and squandered what little credibility he had left." One west Michigan House Republican calling the order an overreach of Constitutional power.   
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Immigration and Nationality Act provides President with "legal basis"
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  November 21, 2014  |  WGVU  Is President Barack Obama’s executive order to shield as many as 5 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally from deportation, and grant them work permits, legal? Republicans on Capitol hill are raising that question. WGVU ran it by Grand Rapids immigration attorney, Susan Im.   
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Kalamazoo Democrat seeks state Senate vote recount
KALAMAZOO, Mich.  November 21, 2014  |  AP  Democratic state Rep. Sean McCann says he'll request a recount in the 20th District state Senate race, which a preliminary count shows him losing by 59 votes.   
Economists predict continued Michigan job growth
ANN ARBOR, Mich.  November 21, 2014  |  AP  University of Michigan economists say the state's economy will continue to move forward over the next two years after five years of steady job growth.   

Thursday
Winds, snow, cold make Michigan roads hazardous
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Authorities: 3 children hurt in school bus crash
Inverness Township, MI  November 20, 2014  |  WGVU  Authorities say three children were hurt after a school bus slid off an icy road in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.    
Woman who faked disappearance faces sentence
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Kent phone fraud cases reported
  November 20, 2014  |  WGVU  Kent County law enforcement warns of a new phone scam.    
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NEDx focuses on meeting socio-economic demands
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  November 20, 2014  |  WGVU  As the middle class declines a group of innovative Grand Valley State University students are promoting frugal innovation. Thursday, the NEDx event was held in Grand Rapids.   
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Police follow footprints in snow to bust suspects
IONIA, Mich.  November 20, 2014  |  AP  Michigan State Police say footprints in the snow in Ionia County led troopers to bust two theft suspects.   
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Prison reform activists see opportunity in “lame duck” for legislative overhaul
  November 20, 2014  |  MPRN  Bills that seek to reduce prison spending in Michigan seem to have momentum going into the last weeks of the Legislature’s 2014 session. Jake Neher has more.    
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