Early Learning Communities

Early Learning Communities is a collaborative, community-based initiative, focused on the neighborhoods around Martin Luther King Jr., Leadership Academy, Harrison Park, Burton and Coit schools.

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What We Do:

We provide specialized professional development, training, and support services to a wide range of educators and caregivers, including:

  • Certified teachers in Pre-K through 3rd grade
  • Teachers in Head Start, private preschools and child care centers
  • In-home child care providers
  • Parents and caregivers

Play & Learn Groups align with Michigan Department of Education expectations for kindergarten readiness. Caregivers and parents have the opportunity to participate in literacy-based activities and to see best-practice instruction modeled by our experienced coaches.

Coaches also work one-on-one with in-home caregivers, helping them to strengthen their interactions with children, improve the home environment, and create activities to help preschool-aged children prepare and transition into kindergarten.

Our Goals:

  • Positively impact the learning development and social skills of young children
  • Improve interactions of caregivers with young children
  • Increase the number of literacy activities offered by caregivers
  • Increase access to community resources for caregivers and children
  • Increase identification of children with developmental delays and referrals for services
  • Build relationships between children & families and their neighborhood school prior to kindergarten entry
EC scholarships

Early Childhood Scholarships

One-year scholarships provide children with two years of quality early education prior to kindergarten, in partnership with the Great Start Readiness Program and Head Start.

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Play and Learn Groups

Play and Learn Groups

In Play & Learn Groups, children will be part of fun activities that help get them ready for kindergarten, while parents and caregivers will learn about child development, early reading strategies and positive discipline.

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Pre school


A free, week-long program, Kindercamp introduces children and their parents to their elementary school and help them adjust to the routines and expectations of kindergarten.

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2014 Calendars for Early Literacy and Learning

This calendar provides a year-long guide of literacy and early learning activities featuring the Michigan Early Learning Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten.  This valuable tool is being used in homes and childcare settings throughout Kent County.

View it HERE or contact our office for a printed copy.