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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Meeting Student Needs, Not Ours

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Guest Blogger: Jane W. – Youth Caseworker I am sitting at my desk on a Monday morning, and thinking back over the past couple of weeks. I realize that we have been exceptionally busy.  A new class of GED students, a new cohort of the Culinary Leadership Academy (CLA), and a new paid externship for… Read more »

Rent, Utilities, Child Care… What’s Next?

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Guest Blogger – Erika Purcell-Williams The rent is due. Another bill comes in the mail. Your phone won’t stop ringing with calls from bill collectors. On top of all that, you still need to fill up your gas tank while prices are low. What’s next?  Although balancing utility bills and rent can be a bit… Read more »