Community Events

Child playing with water.

Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend a wide variety of early childhood events held at the Frances Frey Early Childhood Community Learning Hub within the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory.  Check the list for upcoming events including Child Care Provider Trainings and Community Play Groups.

Open House Tours


Child Care Provider Trainings

In Home Licensed Child Care providers meet monthly at the Early Childhood Learning Laboratory for peer support and training. Topics are selected by the providers and are relevant to the needs of In Home care providers. These meetings are FREE and open to all In Home provider; I hope you can join us! Please check out the fliers below for current topics.  If you have questions, please contact the Community Liaison at (616) 234-2410 or

Save the Date Winter 2020

March 2020

Saturday Workshop March 2020


Community Play Groups

The play groups are intended to support those caring for children in the home in providing activities that enhance children’s growth and development and support kindergarten readiness.  They are open to all adults caring for young children—infant to kindergarten age; in addition to families, we especially encourage both licensed and unlicensed child care providers who care for family members, friends, or other children to attend. This is a great opportunity for the children to interact with other children, have play experiences that support their development, and for adults to connect with other adults caring for children.

The play groups last 90 minutes and include adult/child play with materials specifically selected to develop a wide range of skills, a story time, and a snack.

Community Play Groups Winter 2020