Back to Grand Rapids Preschools

Grand Rapids Community College - Pre-School Laboratory

143 Bostwick Avenue Northeast
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 234-4000


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe in the importance of the development of the whole child. The inter-related aspects of development we focus on are: cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development. In our program we help the child grow in independence, social skills, motor skills, self-esteem, self-control, thinking and reasoning skills, motor skills and language ability. We believe that our goals will help the child develop a positive self- concept: a good feeling about himself and the world.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Infant/Toddler Program
The schedule is planned to include a great deal of one-to-one, adult-child time. The infants' schedules will be determined by their individual rhythms of sleeping, eating, and alertness. The teachers view routine times (i.e. diaper changing & feeding) as an essential time for learning. spend lots of time cuddling the babies, and provide moving and playing times for each infant.
The toddler schedule will provide a little more structure, again focusing on the individual child's needs. The schedule provides for lots of exploration, language experience, discovery, and play.
Preschool Program
The daily schedule includes free play, learning center activities, circle times and large motor activities both indoors and outdoors. The learning center activities are based on such themes as Community Helpers, Home and Family, Water and Transportation. Some of the learning centers available to the children are art, dramatic play, math, science, manipulative, music, water, and blocks.
The schedule in each classroom balances active and quiet time, free play and structured activities, social and individual times. The exact timing of activities is determined by the developmental needs of the group.
The children have breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack at the center. A resting or napping time is provided for each child who is here after lunch.
Excerpted from the preschool's website