Your child was born to learn!
Lenawee’s CHILD (Communities Helping to Increase Learning & Development) is a “Parents as Teachers” program. It is a FREE year-round program that offers:
- Research-based information on how children grow and develop
- Types of activities and toys that will foster learning and nurture development
- Methods of positive discipline and new techniques for problem-solving
- Realistic expectations of child behavior
- Attitudes that will raise children’s self-esteem
Lenawee’s CHILD Playgroup is the place where children come to socialize and play together. We introduce learning to sit at carpet time and how to share and get along through group projects. There are plenty of crafts to do and we have a lot of fun! It's also a time when parents can share development experiences with other parents.
Each playgroup location offers a variety of parent and child activity centers, including fine and gross motor, housekeeping, books, art, blocks and sensory play. Many playgroups end with a circle time and singing songs.
Lenawee’s CHILD enjoyed a morning at Carpenter farms. The children took a wagon ride into the field to pick their pumpkins and returned for cider and donuts. They then enjoyed visiting the animals and exploring the straw maze, which was perfect for their size. We took pictures and had a great time in the corn silo and wagon.
This is a fun fall field trip that Lenawee’s CHILD offers each year. Some comments from our Lenawee's CHILD families:
“It gives us structure during the week to get together with other kids to play.” - Megan.
“We are new to the program this year and are really enjoying it. My son has benefitted from this program.” - Kat
“We’ve been coming for 3 years and my son has learned a lot about sharing, taking turns and having patience.” - Sarah
They ALL said, “We Love Lenawee’s CHILD!”
LOCATIONS & TIMES
- ADRIAN Playgroup - Mondays, 10-11:30a
Trenton Hills Learning Center
1008 W. Maple Ave., Room 210
Adrian, MI 49221
- ONSTED Playgroup - Thursdays, 10-11:30a
Onsted Elementary School
10109 Slee Rd., Room D124
Onsted, MI 49265
See our program brochure for more information and feel free to reach out to Ms. Cathy with any questions or concerns.
Developmental screenings serve two purposes: 1) to reassure parents when the child is developing on target and 2) to identify concerns regarding a child’s health, vision, hearing, communication, physical development, problem solving and social/emotional development.
What has research found?
Your child begins learning at birth. Brain growth and development happens more rapidly during the first five years of life then at any other time.
Research suggests that from birth to 3 years old and, especially, the first 6 months of life, the brain goes through the most critical stage of development. By age 3, a child will absorb and recognize about 1,000 words, which is two-thirds of the adult everyday speaking vocabulary. By the age of 4, a child’s brain will have grown to nearly three-fourths of its adult size.
When is the time to enroll?
The time is now! Any family within the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD) boundaries is eligible to participate if their child is between the age of birth and five years old.
Parents, you are your child’s first teacher. Give your child the best possible start in life. Enroll in Lenawee’s CHILD today!