Steepletown Preschool Grows, Scores High on ELNC Quality Assessments

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When the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) first came together in 2010, data showed many communities in the urban core lacked quality early childhood education, with the Steepletown neighborhood being one of those. According to the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Michigan dropped to 40th in the nation for children’s education,… Read more »

Attendance Matters!

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Guest blogger, Kate   Did you know that lost time in the classroom in Preschool creates poor attendance habits in Kindergarten and 1st grade? Did you also know that low attendance in Preschool will make it more difficult for students to learn important reading and math skills in Kindergarten and 1st grade? At Steepletown Preschool… Read more »

Graduation – Success For The Students

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Guest Blogger: Melanie At the end of January, I was notified that GED Testing Services (GTS) was recommending a new scale for passing the GED and that they were also recommending the decision be retroactive to January 1, 2014. I was so excited- especially about the retroactive possibilities. Michigan finally published their decision in late… Read more »

VITA TAX TIME – File your 2015 Taxes

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It is that time of the year and we’re not referring to Valentines Day.  It’s Tax Time!  For over 10 years Steepletown has partnered with Heart of West Michigan United Way of Kent County and the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition to offer VITA Tax Preparation.  VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) offers free income tax… Read more »

What Can I Do

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Guest Blogger: Erika Purcell-Williams, Programs Director It seems like there’s a new story on the news each evening about someone being in need, some family losing out on an opportunity, or some group struggling to stay in business. Sometimes, it may seem as if we encounter even more people around the holidays that have pretty… Read more »

We Do Math Together

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At Steepletown – #WeDoMathTogether “I am really bad at math” is a phrase we hear when enrolling new students. Initially, my response was “me too”. Recently, I have changed my answer and say that “math needs to be learned and practiced” (quoting our Educational Coordinator, Melanie Grandy).  The GED Math test often feels like a… Read more »

Holding the Door

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Guest Blogger:  Emilio Zamarripa, Youth Development Director On the evening of October 1, 2015, a group of about 30 people gathered to celebrate three young adults for accomplishing a goal they had set for themselves in 2014. It wasn’t listed in the papers or shown on any news outlets. However, the reported impact of the… Read more »

From Crayons & Naptime to Caps & Gowns

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Guest Blogger: Erika Purcell-Williams   Imagine months and months of Play-Doh being stuck in your fingernails, wiping up milk spills from the floor, cleaning toothpaste off of bathroom mirrors, finding crayons in odd places, and listening to high-pitched squeals at sunrise. Seems like a large order, right? Now imagine seeing the faces of children light… Read more »