Baby Scholars

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 5 to March 12, 2015
Spring session is from April 6 to June 12, 2015
Summer session is from July 6 to September 11, 2015
Fall session is from October 5 to December 11, 2015

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Class Times

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

  • 9 a.m. a 11:30 a.m.
  • 4:30 p.m. a 7 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.



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.

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.

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.

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.


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


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