Kayla’s Dreams at Civic Theatre

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Guest Blogger:  Jane W., Youth Advocate At Steepletown, earning a GED is only a step to what comes next for Kayla Carter.   When Education Coordinator, Melanie Grandy found out that Kayla had never attended a live musical, she reached out to Civic Theater’s Autumn Hubbard.  Hubbard, a former Steepletown employee found ticket donors making it… Read more »

Kindergarten Night with GRPS

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Guest Blogger:  Elizabeth Loughrige, Steepletown Preschool Director The Steepletown Preschool invited the families of its 4 year-olds to come learn about the different kindergarten options available in the Grand Rapids district.  Representatives from West Side neighborhood schools answered parent questions, gave out enrollment forms, and provided encouragement to these preschool families as they consider options for… Read more »

Grow Our Own

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Congratulations Nellie Fuentes & Angela Zuniga This week has been bookended well! On Monday morning Steepletown’s Preschool Director sent out an email that one of our teachers, Nellie Fuentes, completed her Child Development Associate Credential or CDA. Nellie has been on staff at the Steepletown preschool for the past couple years, first working as an… Read more »

We All Have Dreams

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Guest Blogger:  Nathan Beals, JobStrart Coordinator   We all have dreams. I talked to a young man today who dreams of owning a home and a car and sharing it with a future wife someday. Another young man said that he just wants to get off the streets, have a fresh start and make a… Read more »

“I’m Tired”

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Guest Blogger:  Nathan Beals, JobStart Coordinator   A young man that I met with today sat down across from me slouched in his seat, with his face downcast and said, “I’m tired”. He had just recently found himself homeless after a relationship went bad and was staying downtown. Just the other night he got jumped… Read more »

Steepletown welcomes Harry Green!

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The Grass is GREENer on the Other Side…Steepletown Welcomes Harry Green!   It was just over a year ago that Harry was assigned to Steepletown as a Senior Volunteer/Traveling Grandpa through the Gerontology Network.  The purpose of that program is to connect the talents of seniors with area schools or with seniors living in their… Read more »

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 »