Services & Programs
- Increase center-based slots for children in the ELNC targeted neighborhood through existing and new centers
- Parent and caregiver education
- Parent leadership training
- Professional development: Teacher recruitment, training and retention
- Technical assistance to partners
- Shared back-office services
- Voice for community children
ELNC Partner Sites That Offer Preschool Programs
The ELNC Preschool Programs are designed to increase the accessibility of early scholastic resources for vulnerable children. They will provide quality education to children in our neighborhoods.
Baxter Community Center
Contact: K’Sandra Earle | E-mail: email@example.com | Phone: 616-456-8593 x235
Wellspring Church of Grand Rapids
Contact: Beryl Richards | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 616-451-8237
United Methodist Community House
Contact: Lisa Brown | E=mail: email@example.com | Phone: 616-452-3226
South East Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM)
Contact: Amy Brower | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone: 616-452-7684
Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
Contact: Jaenell Ott | E-mail: email@example.com | Phone: 616-742-0200
Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI)
Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a 20 week program designed to help 'Parents Who Care Become Parents Who Lead'. It is an interactive participatory class, not lecture style. Phase 1 is focused on community building, cross cultural learning's and group dynamics. Phase 2 is focused on Civic Engagement with building tools for asking the right questions and leveraging change.
Class Schedule for 2012 - 2013
Phase 1, Sept 11 to Nov 13; Phase 2, Jan 15 to March 19
Graduation March 26th
5PM - 6PM Dinner for participants and their children.
Childcare for children 12 and under with class time from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Eastern Ave CRC Church 514 Eastern between Logan and Bemis
Melita Powell Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 616-454-4011
Proud Fathers Program is a men’s group where we discuss relationships, children and the important role of men in our community.
Spanish Speaking Class
- Childcare is provided
- Free Dinner
- Weekly Prizes
Classes begin Monday nights - September 17, 2012 at SECOM
1545 Buchanan Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm for 12 weeks
Miguel - Phone: 616-706-5656, Amy Brower – Phone: 616-452-7684 – Email: email@example.com
English Speaking Class
Classes begin Thursday nights - August 30 – November 15, 6:00 – 8:00 (dinner at 5:30)
The Other Way Ministries Activity Center, 704 West Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact Kurt or Karl to register or if you have any questions call 616-454-4011
Class space will be limited to 18 participants.
Eusebus Ekere | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Resources Education and Play (PREP) Program at New Hope Baptist Church
By providing education and support services to families in at-risk communities, PREP strives to strengthen the family unit by enhancing parenting skills which nurture the optimal development of children between birth and age 3 to promote educational success and foster the personal and economic success of parents. The focus of PREP is community-based intervention, which is family-centered, preventive, comprehensive, and continuous through integration and collaboration of services. One of the programs we are offering under PREP is the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program (PCEP).
October 2, 2012 to June 4, 2013
New Hope Baptist Church - 130 Delaware Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Julie Nietling at New Hope Baptist Church - (616) 734-9334, or email Matteah Spencer-Reppart: email@example.com. Parents can enroll mornings or evenings.
Morning classes – Tuesdays: 9a-12p | Evening classes – Thursdays: 5p-9p
(Meals for parents enrolling in the evening classes will be provided.)
Transportation and childcare is available
Through Believe 2 Become community meetings in 2010 and 2011, local parents requested more ways to help their babies grow smarter. Local early childhood experts Strong Beginnings, Arbor Circle, and ELNC came together to form Baby Scholars to meet this need. Home coaching, fun workshops and first school 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 four B2B zones and who plan to send their children to Grand Rapids Public Schools.
October 1 – December 21
Southeast Academic Center (SEAC), 1250 Sigsbee SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Monday: 9a-11a; 1p-3p
Tuesday: 1p-3p; 5:30p-8p
Wednesday: 9a-11a; 1p-3p
Thursday: 1p-3p; 5:30p-8
Kimberly Spencer | Email: Kimberly@elncgr.org | Phone: 616-430-7292
Roosevelt Christian Reformed Church, 811 Chicago Drive SW.
Monday: 1p-3p; 5:30p-8p
Tuesday: 9a-11a; 1p-3p
Wednesday: 1p-3p; 5:30p-8
Thursday: 9a-11a; 1p-3p
Kimberly Spencer | Email: Kimberly@elncgr.org | Phone: 616-430-7314
ELNC Focused Neighborhoods
ELNC Focused Neighborhoods Map