Welcome to the Children's Enrichment Center

We are the home of the "Littlest Lakers"

serving families of GVSU and the surrounding communities since the early 1970s

The CEC operates with 3 classrooms supported by Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum and Gold Assessment Programs. Each classroom has a full-time lead teacher with a BA/BS in education or education related field. Our assistant teachers are all undergraduate students pursuing education or child related fields. The CEC runs a year round preschool program serving children ages 2.5 years - 5 years of age in the mornings with enrichment opportunities offered throughout the day. We also offer before and after school care for local Allendale elementary students up to age 12 with transportation provided by Allendale Public School Transportation. 

Our mission here at the CEC is to educate children, families, and students to shape their lives and societies in order to nurture habits of intellectual growth, curiosity, and a love for learning.

Our Values: Education, Families, Community, and Character.


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Upcoming GVSU Events

Pet Network

July 24, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The group will focus on connecting pet parents and how we can support one another in owning a pet.

Emotional Strength Conditioning: Growing and Building Emotional Muscle as a Change Management Strategy

September 12, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This training focuses on strengthening and conditioning our emotional well-being, by caring for ourselves both responsively and proactively.  Much like a physical regimen, the experience intends to...

Parenting Network: Dads Network Allendale

September 12, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A Community of Support for all Faculty and Staff: A Dad's group is a great place for finding resources. (YOU DON'T HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR EVERY SESSION)

Parenting Network: Moms Network Allendale

September 12, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

A Community of Support for all Faculty and Staff: Join GVSU Faculty and Staff Parents and Caretakers for monthly discussions, presentations, and fellowship (YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR EVERY...

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We have been accredited since 2005!

Great Start to Quality

Check out how we are doing! 


Our P1 classroom uses Zoo-Phonics to
introduce letters and letter sounds! 

GVSU Student Services

Our partners in providing a well-rounded
campus community! 

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Creative Curriculum

We use the Creative Curriculum and
Gold+ Assessment program! 

Farmer's Market

During the months of June - October we take weekly 
trips to the market to pick out our afternoon snack!


Up to date information about the events
we do on and around campus.

Allendale Chamber of Commerce

We are members of the Chamber of Commerce!

Page last modified July 18, 2019