Early Learning Programs

High-quality early learning experiences nurture a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development. Examples of services include play and learn groups, supports for caregivers, and linkages to early intervention services.  

Play and Learn Communities  

Play and Learn Communities are facilitated play groups that guide parents and/or caregivers with young children through group and individual play activities that model learning opportunities and build an understanding of child development. Ready by Five Play and Learn Providers include:  

  • Little Learners is a play group to enrich the holistic development of a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional skills. The services are designed to connect with parents and every type of caregiver to provide supports and offer linkages to early intervention services. Brought to you by Vibrant Futures, learn more here.
  • EatPlayGrow teaches children ages 0-5 and their caregivers about healthy habits through storytelling, artmaking, music, and movement. The program enables kids to play and learn about Smart Sleep, Fabulous Fruits, Energy Balance, Healthy Beverages, and more! You can find out more about Cherry Health’s EatPlayGrow program here.

  • Therapeutic Play and Learn Groups are structured using the Kaleidoscope Model and the Success Basics framework. These groups are tailored specifically to be effective for the families of children with developmental disabilities. This is a program of the Comprehensive Therapy Center. Find times and how to register here. 
  • Neighborhood-based play groups at partnering sites enrich quality early learning experiences for young children. They are open to all families and home-based providers. Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) runs these play groups. Find more information here.
  • Early Learning Communities (ELC) is a collaborative, community-based partnership that strengthens the skills of early childhood caregivers and educators. This play group is run by Grand Rapids Community College
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