[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 between early childhood education and a better life is undeniable. Studies have shown that children who don’t receive the early care are 40% less likely to go to college and sadly 70% more likely to be involved in a crime.

The Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative is a program that creates free preschool programs housed at community organizations in the area, including:

They have multiple centers to decrease the transportation burden on parents. It’s important to have easy access for families in these targeted neighborhoods.

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Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, the president of ELNC, says her collaborative was formed because various people and groups in the community saw the need, and found a way to help.

Children living in this neighborhood do not have access to quality preschool. That was really the reason behind our coming together”, she said.

83% of children in the neighborhood were not ready for kindergarten. And as Dr. Ezeh says, “if you are not ready for kindergarten, you are not ready for life”.