Early Childhood Education

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 "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

Little Trojan's  

"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  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)

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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“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.

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Literacy Happens EVERYWHERE,

Especially In The...

September 18th, 2018- "Home" with Goldilocks 
October 16th, 2018- "Bathroom" with Duck Duck Dinosaur
November 20th, 2018- "Bedroom" with 5 Little Monkeys
December 6th 2018- Holiday Craft Night in Allegan @ AAESA
January 15th, 2019- "Laundry Room" with Pete the Cat
February 19th, 2019- "Living Room" with A Bear in my Chair
March 19th, 2019- "Dining Room" with Playdate Pals Manners
April 16th, 2019- "Kitchen" with Eat Healthy, Feel Good 
May 21st, 2019- "Outside" with Nature


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 Mondays

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Come "RELAX, CHAT, & CHEW" with other MOMS!
Coffee, sweets, & childcare are provided.


North Point

571 N 10th St, Plainwell
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Meeting Dates: Every Monday of the School Year from October-May

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Great Start Collaborative

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.

Meeting Dates:  
May 28th, 2019


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.

Meeting Dates:  
May 2nd, 2019


Parents the information you need
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

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*If you have a child, who will be turning 3-4 years old before September 1st, 2019, the preschools listed below may still have openings for the 2019-2020 school year. Please contact them directly.

Kindergarten Registration

*If you have a child turning 5 years old before September 1st, 2019, please call one of the elementary schools listed below for a 2019-2020 school year Kindergarten Enrollment Packet and Kindergarten Testing. 

  • 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

My family

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 rebecca.huberty@plainwellschools.org.