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February 22, 2016

Connecting with Community Awards Changes Organizations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Over the past eight years the Connecting with Community Awards have highlighted great organizations, businesses and individuals in West Michigan. They […]
February 22, 2016

How Connecting with Community Awards Make a Difference

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) It’s important to shine a spotlight on great organizations in the West Michigan community. Collaborations between dedicated groups of people that are […]
February 18, 2016

Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative: Building Blocks for a Brighter Future.

Grand Rapids, Mich.- The Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a non-profit organization, has received a $5.55 million, four year grant from the W.K. Kellogg […]
February 18, 2016

Second $5M grant awarded to early learning effort in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded a four-year, $5.5 million grant to a local nonprofit to increase access to high quality early […]
September 22, 2015

Healthy Living with Grand Rapids Drive

Healthy Living – Eat Right, Play and Learn!Thank you GR Drive for leading the discussion with our parents and children!  
September 22, 2015

Lt. Governor Brian Calley Dedicates Our Playground

Lt. Governor Brian Calley officially dedicated our playground today and read to our Preschoolers in our outdoor classroom.Thank you Lt. Governor for understanding the importance of […]
September 22, 2015

Lt. Governor Brian Calley Goes to ELNC Preschool!

Today the Lt. Governor Calley took time out of his busy schedule to visit ELNC Preschool and to wish our preschooler a Happy New School Year. […]
September 22, 2015

Children Enjoy New Playground

This is why over 300 community members helped ELNC build a Playground last June! Thank you Amway and KaBoom!      
September 22, 2015

[PRESS] Still time to enroll in preschool

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – School might have already started but it’s not too late to enroll for preschool at Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative. The link […]
September 22, 2015

The Frey Foundation Awards ELNC $50,000 Grant

The Frey Foundation, a family foundation committed to working together to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, organizations and communities has just awarded […]
September 22, 2015

ELNC Finds an Epic Solution to an Epic Problem!

Since the implementation of programming in 2012, ELNC has renovated and opened 17 classrooms that were intentionally designed and located to meet the needs of children […]
September 22, 2015

ELNC Receives $20,000 Gift!

Another Super Hero joins in the fight to offset the negative impact on the early development of children living in environments that are stressed because of […]
July 31, 2015

Free Preschool Spotlight: Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

We all know that Success Starts Early!  As high quality preschool is one of the most critical factors that determines a child’s success, we at First Steps […]
July 23, 2015

AMWAY PARTNERS WITH KABOOM! TO BUILD NEW INNER-CITY PLAYGROUND

An old, broken down playground on the southwest side of Grand Rapids, Mich. taunted neighborhood children with thoughts of unrealized fun for more than two years. […]
July 23, 2015

ELNC Receives $10,000 from the Chemical Bank Foundation

Thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Chemical Bank Foundation, one more ELNC Preschool Classroom will be well supplied and ready to go on the first […]
July 23, 2015

ELNC Receives $20,000 from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation

ELNC received a MAJOR gift of $20,000 from Doug and Nancy Slade through the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. We appreciate this gift and the message it […]
July 23, 2015

New playground gets built in six hours

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – After long anticipation the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative cut the opening ribbon on their new playground. Led by KaBOOM!, Amway brought in over 150 […]
July 23, 2015

FOX 17 – Volunteers build new playground in SW Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Kids on Grand Rapids’ southwest side will be getting a new playground today. More than 300 volunteers from Amway, Early Learning Neighborhood […]
June 2, 2015

ELNC Wins a Connecting with Community Award!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Congratulations to the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) for winning this year’s Connecting with Community Award. ELNC was established in 2011 to bring […]
June 2, 2015

Early Education Where It Matters Most

( http://woodtv.com/2015/04/10/early-education-where-it-matters-most/ ) GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — The link between early childhood education and a better life is undeniable. Studies have shown that children who don’t […]
June 2, 2015

State Representatives Visit ELNC!

A big ELNC Thank you to State Representatives: Amanda Price, Tom Hooker and Ken Yonker, Ben Greene (Aid for Chris Afendoulis) and Adam Erber (Aid for […]
April 21, 2015

ELNC partners with Grand Rapids Community College Pre School Laboratory School

ELNC partners with Grand Rapids Community College Pre School Laboratory School to promote literacy in our neighborhood. Thank you JaneAnn Benson and GRCC Preschool Lab staff. […]
April 21, 2015

Design Day!

ELNC Preschoolers, parents, staff and community members designing our new playground!! Join on us on Build Day – June 12th! We need you!!  
April 21, 2015

Early Education Where It Matters Most

http://woodtv.com/…/…/early-education-where-it-matters-most/ GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) — The link between early childhood education and a better life is undeniable. Studies have shown that children who don’t receive […]
April 2, 2015

Breaking News!

BREAKING NEWSS!! ELNC has just learned that through a unique partnership between KaBOOM!, a national non-profit, and the Amway Corporation, children attending our Early Learning Center […]
April 2, 2015

Ending Reading Month Strong!

ELNC began the last day of Reading Month, March 31, 2015, with a celebration! Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, K’Sandra Earle, Kimberly Spencer, Shawnte Williams and Eva […]
March 27, 2015

ELNC Partner Advisory Council’s March 2015 Professional Development

ELNC Partner Advisory Council’s March 2015 Professional Development – Engaging Residents and Children in Advocacy. Thank you Professor Eric K. Foster!  
March 27, 2015

WOOD TV 8 Connecting with the Community Award

ELNC is one of the finalist for the WOOD TV 8 Seventh Annual Connecting with Community Awards. WOOD TV 8 will feature our collaboration in a […]
March 27, 2015

Colgate Mobile Dentist Bus visits ELNC’s Early Learning Center

We are educating the “whole child!”  Colgate Mobile Dentist Bus visited ELNC’s Early Learning Center. Thank you Colgate staff: Paul Van Ostenbridge, Patsy J. Wynne and […]
March 27, 2015

Summer Learning Loss.

  Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh met with Jennifer Pascua Co-Host WZZM TV 13 to discuss ELNC’s effort to prevent Summer Learning Loss. Did you know that during […]
March 27, 2015

“Harold and the Purple Crayon”

“Harold and the Purple Crayon” was read by Trisha Jackson, ELC Teacher, while Eva drew out the images on the wall.
March 27, 2015

Musical Journey @ Early Learning Academy!

Keep Singing Preschoolers. Thank you Parents for supporting them!!!  
June 10, 2014

New Preschool Fills Void in Roosevelt Park Neighborhood

by Monica Scott GRAND RAPIDS, MI – For three years, the Roosevelt Child Development Center has sat vacant in the family-oriented Roosevelt Park neighborhood. But this […]
June 10, 2014

Kindergarten Readiness: Vulnerable Grand Rapids Neighborhoods Targeted for Free Preschools

by Monica Scott GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A tuition-free preschool will open this fall in the heart of the Roosevelt Park neighborhood to help ensure children […]
June 10, 2014

ELNC’s First ‘Little School’ Opens to get Vulnerable Grand Rapids’ Kids Kindergarten-Ready

by Monica Scott GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative today opened the first in an expected series of free “Little Schools or La Escuelitas” focused […]
June 10, 2014

Aquinas Professor Awarded for Service to Underprivileged Children

By: John Wofford ‘13 Members of the Aquinas College School of Education often describe what’s called “the Aquinas Difference:” the distinct learning opportunities, passionate faculty, and practical approach […]
June 10, 2014

Grand Rapids Board Unanimously Approves Leasing Roosevelt School to Nonprofit for a Preschool

by Monica Scott GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids school board tonight unanimously approved a lease agreement with theEarly Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) to operate a […]
June 10, 2014

ELNC Prepares Children for Kindergarten and Life

By Heidi Stukkie   When Dr. Nkechy Ezeh was growing up in Nigeria as a child, they didn’t have any early childhood learning opportunities like they do […]
June 10, 2014

ELNC Receives Donation from Otterbase

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (August 6, 2012) – OtterBase, a leading supplemental staffing company, today announced that it has selected Amway as its client of choice to […]
June 10, 2014

Keller Foundation Supports ELNC Fatherhood Program

June 2012- Keller Foundation awarded ELNC a grant in the amount $10,000 to support its Fatherhood Programs in the Central Neighborhood. The primary focus of the […]
June 10, 2014

ELNC Partners with AVANCE Inc.

June 2012- A blossoming partnership between The Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) and AVANCE (ah-vahn-ceh) will give high-need Grand Rapids families access to parent-child education services. […]
June 10, 2014

Christine Nelson Professional Award

May 8, 2012 – Our own Dr. Nkechy Ezeh received the Christine Nelson Professional Award at the 2012 Service to Children Awards ceremony. Family Futures gives […]
June 10, 2014

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Awards $5 Million for Early Education in Grand Rapids

  The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, has announced a four-year, $5 million grant to the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative in support of the organization’s efforts to improve […]