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Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

The Laboratory Preschool is a learning environment for college students enrolled in the Child Development curriculum. These students engage in activities with the children under the supervision of highly qualified teachers in a model early childhood program.

GRCC's Laboratory Preschool is a unique environment. We seek to engage each child's interests and personal gifts with a weekly schedule full of language arts, music and movement, creative arts activities, as well as challenging science and math games. The preschool classrooms are using the project approach with the children in order to investigate topics of interest more in-depth.

Students in the Education programs will gain experience working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. As appropriate for the age group, they will plan, organize and implement activities in the following areas: art, language arts, music, science, math, cooking, games, physical activities and dramatic play.

Family Resources

Early Childhood Learning Laboratory Family Handbook

NAEYC for Families

Faculty & Staff


Melissa Boman

Melissa Boman

Interim Director of Preschool
(616) 234-4004



Jessica Patton