Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood. Early Experience. Advocacy Matters

Plainwell Community School continues to focus on the importance of Early Childhood Education. Through the State of Michigan’s Great Parents, Great Start program and Plainwell’s "Five-by-Five" Initiative, PCS brings the excitement of education to our community’s youngest members – the Little Trojans (children ages birth to five).

Plainwell’s "5-By-5" Initiative-

(5 Standards All 5 Year Olds Should Know Before Kindergarten)

1. Say the alphabet
2. Count objects to 10
3. Rhyme words
4. Print my name
5. Say my first and last name, my parents’ names, address and phone number

Little Trojan's – "Great Parents, Great Start" Program:

Give Michigan's Kids a Great Start

Great Parents, Great Start is an exciting FREE educational program that connects parents of children (ages birth to 5 years old) with other district families, community resources, the intermediate school district (AAESA), and our local school district (Plainwell Community Schools).

The following are FREE services offered to families in our district:

  • Assessment testing to identify physical, cognitive, social, and emotional delays.
  • Referrals to Early-On or Plainwell Community Schools for occupational and/or speech & language services.
  • Classroom intervention sessions to help promote cognitive, physical, and social growth for developmentally delayed children.
  • “Welcome Baby” educational gift bag for new moms & their babies (September-May)
  • Monthly “Rhyme Time Literacy Playgroups” & literacy themed activity bags (September-May)
  • Monthly exercise activities- “Fun-Kid-Fit” & “Open Swim” (November-March)
  • Parent seminars and trainings (Various Dates)
  • “Preschool Round-Up” (February each year)
  • “Kindergarten Round-Up” (April each year)

Welcome Baby!

Congratulations on your new arrival!

Fill out the request form below or call 685-5835 (ext. 1108) to receive a FREE Welcome Baby bag. It will be delivered to your home (during the school year only). Each bag contains a FREE book, list of developmental milestones for children ages 0-60 months, community resource information, and age appropriate activities for you to do at home with your growing newborn.

“Welcome Baby” Bag Request Form

You're invited to Playgroup!

Plainwell Community School provides FREE monthly literacy-based playgroups for children (ages 0-5) and their parent or guardian during the school year from September to May. Playgroups are held every third Tuesday of the month, from 10-11am at Starr Elementary School unless school is cancelled due to inclement weather. Come explore your child’s many developmental domains: sensory, gross motor, fine motor, social and language. Information related to early childhood topics will be shared at each playgroup, as well as, connections to community resources. A FREE book and snack are provided at every playgroup for each child.

For further learning- 14 literacy themed activity bags are available for check-out at each playgroup. Prizes will be awarded to those, who complete the activities in the bags.


Five Green and Speckled Frogs

May 15th Come make frog puppets with googley eyes, play musical lily pads, and sing the song “5 Green Speckled Frogs”.

Fun. Kid. Fit

Parents stay healthy in the winter by either walking or running at Hick’s Gym, while your child(ren) improve upon their gross motor skills and make new friends with age appropriate toys. FunKidFit mornings will be offered every second Tuesday of the month from 10-10:45 am during the months of November, December, January, February, and March, unless school is cancelled due to inclement weather.

Preschool Registration

If you have a child, who will be 3-5 years old this fall, these preschools are curently registering students.

Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child turning 5 before September 1st, 2018, please call one of the elementary school buildings in Plainwell Community School’s for a Kindergarten Readiness Screening before August 1st, 2018.

  • Starr Elementary (269) 685-5835
  • Gilkey Elementary (269) 685-2424
  • Cooper Elementary (269) 349-2674

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope


May 10th (6-8pm) @ Plainwell High School (old auditorium)

Local trauma informed professionals will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have about mental health and its effects on our school and community after the FREE Screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. (5) $20 gift cards will be raffled off from local businesses in support of this event and free childcare will be available on-site. If you have any questions, please contact me at rhuberty@plainwellschools.org or 685-5835 (ext 1108)

Reserve Your Free Tickets Online By Clicking Here

In the Know

For early childhood activities, find our Pinterest board. 

 Little Trojan’s Pinterest Board

For up-to-date events, please check out our Facebook page.

  Little Trojan’s Facebook Page

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Read it and Reap!

Join our Early Literacy Campaign and begin reading to your child everyday. It’s never to late to start and the rewards are endless!  Sign your child up at the Ransom District Library for prizes,  

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Registration Information

My family

Plainwell Community School’s “Great Start Family Coach”:

Hi. My name is Rebecca (Becky) Huberty and I am so excited to end my fourth year at Plainwell as your Great Start Family Coach and Early Childhood Liaison. I have lived in the district for over a decade with my husband three young daughtres. As a former elementary teacher, I am thrilled to share my literacy knowledge with young families and to connect them with FREE services and resources in the area. My goal is that ALL children (ages birth to five) enter kindergarten as successful learners at Plainwell Community Schools. In my spare time, I enjoy writing young adult novels (three of which are published under my pen name RL Stoll), reading, swimming, volunteering in the community, helping at my church and traveling with my family. If you have any questions, concerns, or need any additional resources, please contact me at 269-685-5835 ext. #1108, or email me at gro.sloohcsllewnialp@ytrebuhr.