April 17, 2023

Scholten Helps Early Learning Center Apply For Federal Funding

‘This money will go a long way’: Scholten helps early learning center apply for federal funding. Congresswoman Hillary Scholten submitted 15 local projects for Community Project […]
November 9, 2022

Professional Development through “Equity Talks”

Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) and First Steps Kent, two leaders in early childhood education, have partnered to help advance educational equity in West Michigan. On […]
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,” […]