November 19, 2021

Childcare options expanding in Grand Rapids southeast neighborhoods

    Affordable childcare options for working parents in Grand Rapids’ southeast neighborhoods are about to expand. IFF, a lender/developer for nonprofits, the Early Learning Neighborhood […]
November 19, 2021

Local non-profit provides education services for refugees

  GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Every 2 seconds, someone around the world is forced from their home and wind up seeking asylum in a foreign land. […]
November 19, 2021

Hands Connected Early Learning Center for refugees to open

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Three area nonprofits have raised $1.5 million to provide refugee families accessible, culturally aware early childhood education in March 2018. “The Hands […]
November 19, 2021

COVID-19 pandemic causing problems with preschool programs

  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges for educators and students across the state. Now, it is causing problems with […]
November 19, 2021

Transforming learning spaces: Program aims to improve access to early childhood education

Black and brown children are being forgotten when it comes to early childhood education said Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, a professor of early childhood education for 23 […]
November 19, 2021

ELNC shows a track record of success with Grand Rapids families

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — For nearly seven years, West Michigan’s Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) has made providing early education opportunities to Grand Rapids families. Studies […]
November 19, 2021

Advocacy runs deep in ELNC founder

  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nkechy Ezeh has always had a passion for advocacy. “For some reason I wanted a profession with that kind of power,” […]
November 19, 2021

Community leaders help fill backpacks going to help preschoolers in Grand Rapids

(MLIVE) GRAND RAPIDS– With 350 out of 400 needed backpacks filled, a group focused on preschool learning and its volunteers are taking a weight off of […]
November 19, 2021

Volunteers Fill Backpacks at EMS Center for Young Kids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (WOOD) — Several community leaders and volunteers spent Tuesday afternoon packing backpacks for children in need. The Fill-A-Backpack event was put on by […]