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.   

  • Reach Out and Read Michigan, a dba of Ready for School, offers an evidence-based national literacy program, giving young children in Kent County a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.  

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:   

  • Comprehensive Therapy Center’s Therapeutic Play and Learn Groups are structured play groups, tailored specifically to be effective for the families of children with developmental disabilities.   
  • Grand Rapids Community College’sEarly Learning Communities Play and Learn Groups are a collaborative, community-based partnership that strengthens the skills of early childhood caregivers and educators.  
  • Kent ISD’s Bright Beginnings Playgroups are hosted throughout Kent County to provide further support to caregivers and age-appropriate activities to nurture the development of children.  
  • Vibrant Futures Little Learners is a playgroup-centered service delivered to caregivers, parents, and children in various child care, schools, and community-based settings. 
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