Baby Scholars

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You are your child’s FIRST and BEST teacher.
Let Baby Scholars help you become even BETTER.

 

Call to see if you qualify!

  • To enroll infants ages 5 to 19 months, call 391-6078.
  • To enroll toddlers ages 20 to 35 months, call 819-1406.
  • To enroll children ages 3 to 5 years, call 819-1406.

Need help signing up? Call LINC 451-9140.

2014 Class Schedule

Classes run for 10 weeks and are offered four times per year.

Winter session is from January 13 to March 21, 2014
Spring session is from April 14 to June 20, 2014
Summer session is from July 14 to September 19, 2014
Fall session is from October 6 to December 12, 2014

Class Times

Multiple class options available to accommodate busy family schedules.
Classes offered Monday through Thursdays.

  • 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Baby ScholarsYour children deserve to achieve their full potential, and you deserve the tools to help them get there. Baby Scholars is a set of educational programs designed to help you become the best teacher you can be. Get the skills you need to help your babies grow smarter. Success starts right now.

 

REGISTER NOW!


Whether your child has been growing for 5 months or 5 years, becoming a better teacher is as easy as signing up for a Baby Scholars session. Enrollment will remain open as long as scholarships are available.

HOME COACHING
for parents and babies 5 to 19 months

For 10 weeks a certified parent coach will come to your home and show you how positive parent and child interactions can help your baby’s language, social, and brain development.
To register children ages 5 to 19 months, call 391-6078 today.

HOME COACHING
for parents with their toddlers 20 to 35 months

A 10-week quality curriculum with trained professionals helps you help your little one learn how to follow directions, take turns, recognize sounds and letters, and use more words. Parents and children work with trained coaches in your home one day each week.
To register children ages 20 to 35 months, call 819-1406 today.

HOME COACHING AND FIRST SCHOOL
for parents with their preschoolers 3 to 5 year

A 10-week quality curriculum with trained professionals helps you help your little one learn colors and shapes, develop pre-reading skills and be ready for kindergarten. Parents work with trained coaches in your home for one day each week, while children participate in a preschool classroom* two days per week.
To register children ages 3 to 5 years, call 819-1406 today.

*Parents are required to complete home visit once per week in order for children to participate in preschool.

Program locations

Southeast Academic Center (SEAC), 1250 Sigsbee SE
ELNC, Early Learning Center, 641 Vries SW

Baby Scholars is open to families

  • With children 5 months to 5 years old
  • Who live in four B2B zones *
  • Who plan to send their children to Grand Rapids Public Schools

*If you live outside the Zones in Stocking, Harrison, Dickinson and Brookside neighborhoods, please call (616) 819-1406 to find out about how you might participate in Baby Scholars.

Program perks

  • attendance incentives
  • free transportation for children (if needed)
  • free snacks
  • school setting
  • highly qualified staff
  • classes in Spanish and English
  • free opportunities for parents and children to learn and socialize together

Read about Baby Scholars in The Grand Rapids Press and First Steps.

Download the brochure (English) (Español)

Background

Through Believe 2 Become community meetings in 2010 and 2011, local parents requested more ways to help their babies grow smarter. Local early childhood experts Strong Beginnings, Arbor Circle, and ELNC came together to form Baby Scholars to meet this need. Home coaching, fun workshops and first school programs are all based on the research and proven models of Susan Landry, a nationally recognized expert in parenting and early childhood. Dr. Landry is the founder and director of the Children’s Learning Institute at University of Texas Health Science Center.

Baby Scholars Partner Organizations

Arbor Circle   ELNC   LINC   Strong Beginnings

 

Baby Scholars News

Parents perfect their teaching skills

Free fall session scholarships available! Call 819-1406 for details. Tamra Mance says it’s up to her to build a strong foundation for her kids’ education. “I’m a single mom, and I’m with my kids all day. If I want them to succeed in school, my work starts early,” she said. Last spring, Tamra completed a [...]

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Success starts now

Brianna Bryant successfully completed this spring’s Baby Scholars session with her two-year-old son, Ni’jae. “We communicate better now,” she said. “I’ve learned how to pick up on his signals and figure out what he wants.” Brianna plans to sign up for the next Baby Scholars session and continue her family’s learning successes.

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Free summer session enrolling now

Call today to see if you qualify For Asuzena Garcia, being a Baby Scholar means communicating better with her four daughters. “I like it because I’m learning how to help my kids with their education by understanding them and knowing what they want,” she said. Though she and her youngest, Alison, have only taken a [...]

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Summer session begins next month

Call today to enroll your family! “When I first heard about it, I thought it was about discipline….” said Michelle Alvarado, who completed a Baby Scholars session with husband Israel and daughter Lydia last winter. “But I actually learned a lot of skills, geared towards her ability to learn.” For ten weeks, a professionally certified [...]

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Summer session begins in July!

Call today to see if you qualify! “Our role at Baby Scholars is to work with parents and help them understand that they are their child’s best teacher,” said Earlina Libbett, Baby Scholars supervisor. “It’s about raising people’s awareness, telling them, ‘you can do this,’ encouraging them.” Through a 10-week curriculum taught by trained professionals, [...]

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Baby Scholars program enrolling new families for next session to get kids kindergarten ready

By Monica Scott on January 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Parents in some Grand Rapids neighborhoods with children ages 5 months to 5 years again have the opportunity to receive free educational support to help their child be ready for kindergarten. The next session of Baby Scholars, a set of educational [...]

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An I Believe I Become Family

Posted by LINC Erica Carrisalez held her 4-year-old daughter E’Mari at the I Believe I Become East Zone Community meeting last night and said that her involvement with the initiative has been so positive that she is making it a priority. “If we can get parents to feel that they have a role, especially the [...]

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Parent leader: Diondra Henderson

When Central Zone parent Diondra Henderson first learned about Baby Scholars, she was already a dedicated Believe 2 Become volunteer. The mother of two young children, Diondra not only made time to attend community meetings, she also volunteered with the community center action planning group and the Rapidian news bureau at LINC. After completing a [...]

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Using Technology to Bridge Language Barrier

Posted: 09-02-2012 | By LINC LINC is now leveraging technology to facilitate bilingual meetings! At the August 16th I Believe I Become meeting in the West Zone, English and Spanish speakers had an easier time with translation in break-out sessions using wireless transmitters. Translators from the Interpreter Network in Grand Rapids spoke into microphones that [...]

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Reflections on “Pack for Success”

Posted: 09-04-2012 | by LINC Reflections from Willie Patterson, Central Community Liaison on a recent event to give away backpacks and school supplies before the fall semester began. August 14th, 2012 started out like any other day in the community but for me there was a nervous excitement in the pit of my stomach. The [...]

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