Early Childhood Education

Last Updated: 9/3/2020 1:27 PM

PCS Play & Learn


Mark your calendar for these upcoming Virtual Play and Learn Dates for the 2020/21 school year.  Join via Zoom to discuss a different educational topic each month.  Click below for more information on the Play and Learn events using the "Talking is Teaching" curriculum.


Click HERE for the Monthly Play & Learn Calendar 

Click HERE for the County Play & Learn Dates

Click HERE for Plainwell Community School's Play & Learn Dates and Log-in Information


Little Trojans

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).

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Plainwell’s "5 BY 5" Initiative:

These are our "5" Standards that 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

Plainwell's Little Trojan  

"Great Parents, Great Start" Program:

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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 online assessments in English or Spanish, 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 FREE 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 parents & their babies (September-May)
  • Monthly Literacy Play-&-Learn groups with literacy themed activity bags for check-out (September-May)
  • Monthly STEAM Play-&-Learn groups (October-May)
  • Mommy Mondays (biweekly) for strengthening families 
  • Parent seminars and trainings at Allegan Area Educational Services Agency (Various Dates)
  • “Preschool Round-Up” (March each year)
  • “Kindergarten Round-Up” (April each year)

Welcome Baby!

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.

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Plainwell Community School provides two different types of FREE monthly Play-&-Learn groups for children (ages 0-5) and their parent or guardian during the school year from September to May




Literacy Play-&-Learns are held every third Tuesday of the month, from 10-11 am 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: 

10 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.


September 17th, 2019- Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall
October 15th, 2019- Pumpkins
November 19th, 2019- Thankfulness
December 12th 2019- "Roll-&-Read" Polar Express Craft Night in Allegan @ Allegan's Field House from 6-7:30 pm. (see details below)
 January 21st, 2020- Penguins Winter Wonderland
 February 18th, 2020- Love & Kindness
March 17th, 2020- Seussville
April  21st, 2020- Flamingo Party 
May 19th, 2020- Spring into Summer

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Polar Express Craft Night!

Families come to the Allegan Field House, December 12th from 6-7:30pm, for a night of stories, crafts, and holiday fun! Every family will receive 8 FREE BOOKS as your child jumps, hops, walks, runs, or gets pushed around the track in a stroller or wagon to each of these story and craft stations.

Santa will be there too for stories and photos!!!

  • The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever
  • The Itsy Bitsy Snowman
  • The Itsy Bitsy Reindeer
  • Christmas Cookie Day
  • Llama Llama Holiday Drama & LLama Llama Jingle Bells
  • The Polar Express
  • The Littlest Elf 



STEAM Play-&-Learns are held every first Wednesday of the month, from 1-2 pm 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 skills with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math activities.


October 2nd, 2019- Pumpkins

February 12th- Love & Kindness 

March 4th- Seussville 

April  1st- Flamingo Party

May6th- Spring into Summer

Ages and Stages Questionnaires


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:


Help Me Grow

Check out Allegan County's NEW "Help Me Grow" website. This website has important resource information for parents of children ages 0-5 years old.



Mommy Monday

Come Share, Learn, & Meet Other Local Mommies
FREE Coffee & Childcare are Provided.


North Point Church

571 N 10th St, Plainwell
Time: 9:30-10:30 am
Meeting Dates: First & Third Monday of the Month from October-May- unless school is cancelled due to inclement weather.

*September 16th; October 7th, 21st; November 4th, 18th; December 2nd, 16th; January 6th, 20th; February 3rd, 17th; March 2nd, 16th; April 20th; May 4th, 18th 

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*If you have a child, who turned 3-4 years old before September 1st, 2019, please contact these preschools directly for possible openings in the 2019-2020 school year.

Preschool Roundup for the 2020-2021 School Year will be in March 2020

Kindergarten Registration

*If you have a child, who turned 5 years old before September 1st, 2019, please contact one of the elementary schools listed below for the 2019-2020 school year.

Kindergarten Roundup for the 2020-2021 School Year will be in April 2020

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

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

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

My name is Kelli Stuifbergen and I have had the privilege of working for Plainwell Community Schools since 2012. After spending seven years at Plainwell Corners Preschool, I am beyond excited to expand my role as your Great Start Family Coach and Early Childhood Coordinator.

I grew up in Plainwell and have spent most of my life here. I now have the pleasure of raising my young children in this wonderful community.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family! We love to camp, kayak, hike, and go to the beach.

 As your family coach, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. I believe that play is an extremely important component of a child’s success, and I will strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive, while exploring the world around them. My goal for our community is that ALL children (ages birth to five) enter kindergarten as successful learners at Plainwell Community School!

If you have any questions, concerns, or need any additional resources, please contact me at 269-685-5835 ext. #1108, or email me at Kelli.stuifbergen@plainwellschools.org