Plainwell Community School continues to focus on the importance of Early Childhood Education. Through the Michigan Department of Education's Great Parents, Great Start program and Plainwell’s "Five-by-Five" Initiative, Plainwell Community Schools offers exciting hands-on educational experiences to our community’s youngest members - The Little Trojans- (children ages birth to five).
Plainwell’s "5 BY 5" Initiative:
These are "5" Standards all "5" Year Olds should know before entering Kindergarten
1. Say the alphabet
2. Count objects to 10
3. Rhyme words
4. Print first name
5. Say first and last name, parents’ names, address and phone number
"Great Parents, Great Start" Program:
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 school district and county:
- Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ:3) assessments to identify physical, cognitive, and social delays. These are available in-person or online. To access our online assessments, please use this link: http://www.asqonline.com/family/571f78
- Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ:SE) assessment for social and emotional delays. This is available only in-person.
- 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)
- Mommy Mondays for strengthening families by teaching the 5 Protective Factors
- Parent seminars and trainings (Various Dates)
- “Preschool Round-Up” (February each year)
- “Kindergarten Round-Up” (April each year)
Congratulations on your new arrival!
If you live in the Plainwell school district, please 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
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 at Home:
14 literacy themed "Take Home Bags" are available for check-out at each playgroup. Prizes will be awarded to those who complete three activities from their bag.
Literacy Happens EVERYWHERE,
Especially In The...
18th, 2018- "Home" with Goldilocks
16th, 2018- "Bathroom" with Duck Duck Dinosaur
20th, 2018- "Bedroom" with 5 Little Monkeys
6th 2018- Holiday Craft Night in Allegan @ AAESA
15th, 2019- "Laundry Room" with Pete the Cat
19th, 2019- "Living Room" with A Bear in my Chair
19th, 2019- "Dining Room" with Playdate Pals Manners
16th, 2019- "Kitchen" with Eat Healthy, Feel Good
21st, 2019- "Backyard" with Farm Animals
You can now progress monitor your child's overall development through filling out our free monthly ASQ:3 questionnaires to make sure they are reaching their cognitive, physical, and social milestones. Please use this link below:
Come "RELAX, CHAT, & CHEW" with other MOMS!
Coffee, sweets, & childcare are provided.
571 N 10th St, Plainwell
Meeting Dates: Every Monday of the School Year from October-May
Parents, you are invited to AAESA's monthly Parent Gatherings at the Linking Center in Pullman (925 56th Street) from 5:30-7:00pm. FREE dinner and crafts will be provided for you and your family.
October 17th, 2018- Creating Monster Rock Craft
November 14th, 2018- Cookies & Canvas Night
Parents, you are invited to AAESA's monthly Parent Gathering meetings at AAESA (310 Thomas Street) from 5:30-7:00pm. FREE dinner and crafts will be provided for you and your family.
November 1st, 2018- Cookies & Canvas Night
December 6th, 2018- Holiday Craft Night
Monthly Focus Topics for Parents & Caregivers:
Developmental milestones, handling stress, time management, preschool & kindergarten readiness, temper tantrums, sleeping routines, potty training, and any other concerns you might have about raising young
*If you have a child, who will be turning 3-4 years old before September 1st, 2018, the preschools listed below may still have openings for the 2018-2019 school year. Please contact them directly.
If your child turns 3-4 years old before September 1st, 2019, our "Preschool Registration Night: will be held on March 5th, 2019 @ 5:30-6:30pm for the 2019-2020 school year.
*If you have a child turning 5 years old before September 1st, 2018, please call one of the elementary schools listed below for a 2018-2019 school year Kindergarten Enrollment Packet.
If you have a child turning 5 years old before September 1st, 2019, our "Kindergaren Roundup" will be in April 2019 at Starr Elementary for the 2019-2020 school year.
- Starr Elementary (269) 685-5835
- Gilkey Elementary (269) 685-2424
- Cooper Elementary (269) 349-2674
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–
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
Plainwell Community School’s “Great Start Family Coach”:
Hi, my name is Rebecca (Becky) Huberty and I am so excited to begin my fifth year at Plainwell as your Great Start Family Coach and Early Childhood Coordinator. I have lived in the district for over a decade with my husband and three young daughters. As a former elementary teacher, I am thrilled to share my love and knowledge of literacy with young families and to connect them with FREE services and resources in the area. My goal for our community is that ALL children (ages birth to five) enter kindergarten as successful learners at Plainwell Community Schools. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing young adult novels (three of which are published under my pen name RL Stoll), 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 email@example.com.