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Our Mission

Our mission is clear – to provide the highest quality care and education for children ages birth until they enter kindergarten.

We accomplish this by implementing the HighScope Curriculum, employing qualified staff well-suited to care for young children, and continuous quality improvement.

We value partnerships with parents by involving them in the care and education of their child. The Learning Village is involved in the Kalamazoo community of early childhood services to enhance the care and education of our children and their families.

Great Start Readiness Program

In 1988 the Michigan Department of Education awarded The Learning Village with a grant to operate a Michigan School Readiness Program, now known as the Great Start Readiness Program. The purpose of the program is to provide a high quality experience to children before they enter kindergarten. We now partner with Kalamazoo RESA to offer the GSRP to serve 34 four-year- olds in a full day program at no cost to families who are eligible. Eligibility is primarily based on a family’s income.

Apply to GSRP

KC Ready 4s

KCR4s provides tuition assistance to children who do not qualify for the GSRP. The children are enrolled in the tuition-based preschool for 33 weeks. Please see the enrollment section for more information.

Learn more about KC Ready 4s

Get to know the Learning Village

Ann Brown

Executive Director

Alexis Geromin


Karla Perry

Office Manager

Kira Rigterink
Infant Teacher
Gabi Mueller
Infant Teacher
Anita Turner
Toddler Teacher
Martha Garcia
Toddler Teacher
Rachel Yonamine
Toddler Teacher
Bridget Scott
Preschool Teacher
Amy Melwiki
Cook and Preschool Teacher
Mayra Moreno
GSRP Preschool Teacher
Maddi Andrews
GSRP Preschool Teacher
Alison Nelson
Preschool Teacher
Telesa Shoffner
Preschool Teacher
Kelley Murphy
GSRP Preschool Teacher
Emily Ellsowrth
GSRP Preschool Teacher
Jordan Taylor-Effinger
GSRP Preschool Teacher

Our History

The Learning Village has a long tradition of caring for young children. Founded in 1967, as a locally operated, non-profit organization, the center is primarily tuition based early childhood care and education serving infants to children before they enter kindergarten.

The Learning Village partners with the Kalamazoo community and state organizations including Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Area, KCReady4s, Michigan Department of Education, Child and Adult Food Program and Great Start to Quality. The executive director was a member of the committee that worked on the design of what was to become KCReady4s.