1349 Cramer Circle, BIS 102
Big Rapids, MI 49307
For over 35 years, the Early Learning Center has been educating the youngest Bulldogs.
The Early Learning Center was the first, and remains the only center in the in the Mecosta-Osceola School district, to receive national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The Early Learning Center also participates in the Great Start to Quality’s Star Rating system, including ongoing participation in CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System), which measures the quality of the experiences the children receive in their daily routines.
Our professional, degreed teaching staff is dedicated to instilling a love of learning while developing nurturing connections with all children and families. The Early Learning Center has a full-time Family Support Specialist who assists families with networking opportunities and connecting families to each other and services they may need. We also have on staff an Early Childhood Specialist to coach, mentor, and support the teaching staff in their instruction practices.
Our teaching staff are trained and certified in both the High Scope Curriculum and the Child Assessment Record (COR) system. Each family receives access to their child’s portfolio and the Brightwheel communication platform – free of charge.
All of our families qualify to receive two meals and one snack in accordance with the Michigan Child and Adult Care Food Program (MCACFP). Meals and snacks are prepared on site by our full-time Food Service Coordinator and are free of charge to families.
The Early Learning Center collaborates with the Early Childhood Education academic program to provide hands-on practicum and lab experiences for FSU students pursuing a degree in early childhood education. The early childhood students are supervised by a faculty instructors while receiving real-world experience within our classrooms