The professional trained and caring staff at the WMU Children’s Place Learning Center focus on the unique needs of each child enrolled in our program. Low child-teacher ratios allow our teachers to interact and guide each child’s development based on their individual needs. Parents can be confident that their child will receive specialized personal attention that contributes to a positive learning experience.
Great Start to Quality
Great Start to Quality is the State of Michigan’s quality rating and improvement system. Centers and child care homes are rated on a five star system based on an evaluation process that encompasses all aspects of quality child care. The star system rates child care centers and homes from a one star level that denotes basic licensing requirements to a four or five star rating denoting highest quality.
The Children’s Place Learning Center is proud to have earned a four star rating. We are currently awaiting our final evaluation, which could move us to a five star rating.
For more information, visit the Great Start to Quality website.
Kalamazoo County Ready 4s
KC Ready 4s is a community-designed program with the goal of providing all 4-year-olds an opportunity to attend a high-quality pre-kindergarten program. KC Ready 4s provides tuition assistance to eligible 4-year-olds attending an approved pre-kindergarten program for three hours per day, five days per week. In addition to tuition assistance, KC Ready 4s offers speech, hearing and language screening, monthly parent meetings and a spring event focused on expectations of kindergarten. To be an approved KC Ready 4s site, a center must maintain a four to five star rating in Michigan's Great Start to Quality star rating system.
The Children's Place Learning Center is an approved KC Ready 4s site. For more information, visit the KC Ready 4s program website.
Great Start to Readiness Program
The Children's Place Learning Center is one of 16 private centers in Kalamazoo County approved as a GSRP site. GSRP is a state-funded program providing no-cost tuition for eligible 4-year-olds attending an approved high-quality pre-kindergarten program four days per week for 30 weeks.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children administers the nation's largest professionally sponsored, voluntary accreditation system for all types of early childhood centers and schools. Our center underwent the intensive self-study process and peer validation. On April 30, 2005 we were granted NAEYC Accreditation. The criteria by which we were evaluated and additional information on accreditation can be found at NAEYC's website at families.naeyc.org.
WMU College of Education and Human Development
The Children’s Place Learning Center cooperates with the College of Education and Human Development to provide high-quality professional care appropriate to each child’s development. Each semester, the college's intern teachers supplement our teaching staff and bring an enthusiastic fresh perspective to the center.