Resources

Creative Curriculum®: The Creative Curriculum® is widely regarded as a forward-thinking, comprehensive, rigorously researched curriculum approach that honors creativity and respects the role that teachers play in making learning exciting and relevant for every child.
www.teachingstrategies.com

Zoo Phonics®: The Zoo-phonics methodology fully involves your child’s eyes, ears, mouth and body as they learn phonemic awareness, the  alphabet and how to decode (read) and encode (spell/write).
www.zoo-phonics.com

Baby Signs®: The ORIGINAL sign language program for hearing babies, has been bringing powerful, research-proven benefits to babies and their families around the world for over 25 years. The Baby Signs® Program is the world’s leading program for hearing infants and toddlers.
www.babysigns.com

Trampoline™ Spanish Learning Program: Exposing children to the language and cultures of others is extremely beneficial and can result in enhanced academic achievement in reading, math and social studies.
www.trampolinelearning.com

Get Set for School® by Handwriting Without Tears®: Features readiness & writing, language & literacy, and numbers & math programs that incorporate special ingredients to foster success.
www.hwtears.com

Poison Control: Safe Kids USA is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14.
www.safekids.org

American Academy of Pediatrics: Healthy Childcare America
www.healthychildcare.org

Choose My Plate: The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans.
www.choosemyplate.gov

Center for Disease Control (CDC): Provides health and safety information.
www.cdc.gov

Moo-Ville: Using only the freshest highest quality ingredients, MOO-ville Quality Creamery offers pasteurized cream line (non-homogenized) milk and homemade ice cream in assorted and seasonal flavors.
www.moo-ville.com

Farm to School: effort to link schools with local agriculture. These efforts are diverse and can include a range of activities such as harvest festivals, field trips to farms, school gardens, farm-raisers, educational visits from farmers, and offering locally grown foods for meals.
www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission: Protects the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.
www.cpsc.gov

Child Care Licensing Rules and Statues: Information regarding licensing rules and regulations for child care centers in Michigan.
www.michigan.gov

Rapunzel’s Lice Boutique: Affordable non-toxic removal of Head Lice and Nits.
www.rapunzelslice.com

Child Care Resources: Child Care Resource works with parents, child care providers, businesses and the community to improve access to quality child care and early education so that every child enjoys safe, nurturing an inspiring care.
www.ccr4kids.com – Kalamazoo County
www.4cchildcare.org – Kent County

Michigan Department of Human Services: Information regarding child care centers, what to look for, how to get financial assistance.
www.michigan.gov

Child Development Milestones (CDC): Developmental milestones checklists available.
www.cdc.gov

Love and Logic: Love and Logic® provides simple and practical techniques to help parents with raise responsible kids, have more fun in their role, easily and immediately change their children’s behavior.
www.loveandlogic.com

MiAEYC- Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children: The Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children is committed to improving the education and welfare of children from
birth through age eight.
www.miaeyc.org

Parent to Parent: A non-profit community organization offering services at no cost to families who have children with disabilities or special needs.
www.p2pswmi.org

Zero To Three: A national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
www.zerotothree.org

Great Start Quality Rating and Improvement System: The purpose of Great Start is to assure a coordinated system of community resources and supports to assist all Michigan families in providing a great start for their children from birth through age five.
http://greatstartforkids.org

Early On: system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with developmental delays and/or disabilities.
www.1800earlyon.org

Diapers Unlimited: We are a family owned cloth diaper service with a commercial laundry facility in Michigan that has served customers in Michigan and Northern Indiana for over 40 years.
www.dydeebaby.com

Explorations Early Learning by Jeff Johnson: Dedicated to Promoting Play, Defending Childhood and Inspiring Caregivers.
http://explorationsearlylearning.com

Binder Park Zoo (Battle Creek, MI)
www.binderparkzoo.org

Air Zoo (Kalamazoo, MI)
www.airzoo.org

John Ball Zoo (Grand Rapids, MI)
www.johnballzoosociety.org

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
www.grcm.org

Curious Kids Museum/Discovery Center (St. Joseph, MI)
www.curiouskidsmuseum.org

Fredrick Meijer Gardens (Grand Rapids, MI)
http://www.meijergardens.org

Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Planetarium (Kalamazoo, MI)
www.kalamazoomuseum.org

Grand Rapids Public Museum
www.grmuseum.org