Baby Scholars

Studies show that the earlier a child is exposed to a high quality learning environment, the greater their academic success is later in life.


Through Believe 2 Become community meetings in 2010 and 2011, local parents requested more ways to help their babies grow smarter. Currently local early childhood experts Strong Beginnings and ELNC have come together to form Baby Scholars to meet this need. Baby Scholars is an educational program designed to help young children achieve their full potential. Baby Scholars gives parents the tools they need to equip their children for kindergarten, and help their babies grow smarter so all children can succeed in school, work and life. Baby Scholars is a 10-12 week program that has 4 home visiting cohorts a year and 1 summer Preschool cohort a year..

Home coaching, fun interactive parent/child workshops and abbreviated preschool programs are all based on the research and proven models of Susan Landry, a nationally recognized expert in parenting and early childhood. Dr. Landry is the founder and director of the Children’s Learning Institute at University of Texas Health Science Center.  

The program is open to families with children 5 months to 5 years old who live in targeted geographic areas and who plan to send their children to Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Program Director: Kimberly Spencer
Main: (616) 819-1406
Office: (616) 819-1413

Class in English
Explore & Learn Academy (ELA)
1250 Sigsbee SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Monday & Wednesday: 9am-11:30am

Tuesday & Thursday: 3:30pm-6pm

Contact: Kimberly Spencer
Email: kimberly@elncgr.org
Phone: (616) 819-1406
Clases en Español
Early Learning Center (ELC)
641 Vries St. SW. Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Monday & Wednesday: 3:30PM - 6:00PM

Tuesday & Thursday:  9:00AM - 11:30AM at ELA

Contact: Kimberly Spencer
Email: kimberly@elncgr.org
Phone: (616) 819-1406