GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) received a grant to expand its early education services from 11 sites in the Grand Rapids area to 15.
The $671,553 grant from Kent County’s Ready by Five Early Childhood millage will also support 15 other community groups and 22 programs.
GRCC’s “play and learn” groups, the Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory, prepare children under 6 years old to succeed in school. Educational services are also available to parents and other caregivers.
The Laboratory’s 11 programs are currently at eight Grand Rapids Public Schools, the Grand Rapids Public Library, Madison Square Church and at GRCC. The additional four locations are anticipated to be added throughout southeast, southwest, northeast, and northwest Grand Rapids neighborhoods to ensure that