Early Childhood Center

Kent ISD Early Childhood Center Program offers special education supports and services to students ages 3-5. The program is located at Godwin Heights Early Education Center.

See the 2023-24 Early Childhood Center school calendar.

Our Mission

Early Childhood Center provides quality specialized instruction specific to the developmental needs of young children in the areas of social/emotional, early language/literacy, and adaptive behavior in order to increase inclusion within their neighborhood schools and in the community.

Core Skills

  • Social/Emotional
  • Early Language/Literacy
  • Adaptive Behavior

Mission Implementation

  • We provide a supportive environment that fosters development at a pace appropriate to each individual child.
  • We are committed to creating a learning environment where children learn through play.
  • We provide a rich and responsive language environment, both verbal and visual.
  • We are committed to developing kindergarten readiness skills for all students.
  • We utilize curriculum aligned to the MDE Early Learning Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten.
  • We are committed to partnering with families and connecting with community supports.
  • We are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students.
  • We are committed to improving outcomes for all students through continuous improvement and implementing a system of supports.


Godwin Heights Early Childhood

28 Bellevue St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548


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Alissa Hofstee

Director of Early Childhood Special Education & Integrated Supports
Phone: 616.364.2322
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Merin DeKruyter

ECSE Program Coordinator
Phone: 616.410.4997
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Jodi Ryan

Administrative Assistant
Phone: 616.410.4991