It has been such a great joy for our team, both professionally and personally, to lead so many classes full of amazing caregivers and kiddos. Every day we get to teach a class is a gift because it's a day that we get to be a part of a mama's joy, witness a child's learning, support a family through a challenging experience, connect caregivers with each other, and be a part of so many other steps along this crazy parenting journey.
Check out what some families in our classes have to say about their experiences at The Village below!
Miss Emily, I came home today with such a happy heart. I absolutely love the community you have created at The Village. Not only is class engaging and enriching, it is such a safe space to be a parent. I’ve missed this community this fall and am so happy to be back.
Thank you for caring about H. and gently guiding and mentoring. You are the big sister, “been there and let’s journey together” that is so often missing in today’s isolated culture. You truly embody the concept of a village.
My son and I have so enjoyed attending classes at The Village! He comes home from every class having been introduced to some new concept in a way that can only be achieved in a social setting with a highly educated teacher and excellent sensory play related to the subject. I am shocked at the things he is not only learning but deeply understanding at such a young age. I'll never underestimate my child again! There is nothing else like The Village out there. It has been such a valuable place for my son's learning and socialization, but also my growth in learning how to support him in his learning in and outside of class. He is led by his curiosity and developing a deep love of learning, and I am so grateful to all the teachers at The Village for this! Plus, I have made some great friends along the way!
- Ashley L.
I can’t say enough good things about any class Emily puts on or Emily herself!! My daughter, now a little over 2, and I have been going to classes since she was 9 months old! We started with baby sign language which completely helped guide us in communicating better with our daughter. And still today my daughter can recognize the signs, though we are not consistently doing them any more.
We now go to both Fun Foundations and Learner’s Club classes! Not only does my daughter have fun, learn, and get time to socialize, but so do I!
There isn’t a day I leave a class, that I don’t go home with a tip on how to better interact or teach my daughter! I’ve said it before and I will say it again; the way my husband and I are parenting our daughter would be completely different had we not met Emily. We’ve learned so many positive ways in which to guide our daughter in; language, social interactions, eating, reading, talking, sleeping...you name it, Emily has probably influenced us in some way!
- Lisa P.
We love our Monday Classes and Friday one-on-one Speech Therapy sessions with Ms. Emily!!! We have been attending classes since Max was about 4 months, starting with American Sign Language. Max has totally flourished with the help of Emily (so gifted) and Max and Mama’s peers! It is truly an environment where magic happens! 100% gratitude! 🙏🏼♥️
- Kristin R.
Absolutely love this place and the instructors! Amazing program, recommend this for everyone!
- Laura C.
We love the Fun Foundations class for our 20 month old! Since going to class, we have seen her develop more speech and become more social. It's a great way to get out of the house and do something different that the whole family can enjoy. We're all learning some sign language too, which is super fun!
- Lynsey T.
My 2 year old absolutely LOVES Fun Foundations class and we've made some great friends! Fun Foundations incorporates Sign Language, singing, dancing, stories, free play time and more and the only thing that could be better is if it was an all day event!! Emily G. is a wondeful teacher who has some great advice for any questions you might have! We have enjoyed every other type of class we have attended as well. The structure of all of the classes is kid and parent friendly, giving a great mix of learning and play! I recommend it ALL!
- Leah K.
I love taking my son Lucas to the Village. We especially love Kindermusik with Miss Ashley. My son who is normally pretty shy opened up by the second class, and was able to participate without clinging onto me! We love the selection of music and instruments, and how kind all of the instructors are. We always feel welcome at the Village.
- Courtney S.
We love The Village! We started taking Miss Emily G’s Baby Sign Language class when my son was about 5 months old, and now at 15 months not only is he signing several words but his verbal communication is amazing too. He has so much fun at every class, and I love all the extra parenting and developmental tips given by the instructor. Even my 4 year old had a blast when she tagged along to Kindermusik and Fun Foundations classes. As an early childhood educator and a parent, I feel so grateful to have such a wonderful resource in Grand Rapids! All of the classes are thoughtfully planned, developmentally appropriate, engaging and FUN!
- Stephanie N.
We love The Village! I started attending Fun Foundations class with my 1 year old last summer and she loves every class we have attended. They have so many great classes for kids 0-5 and their caregivers. The teachers are all highly qualified and great with the little ones.
- Emily S.
My son was slow to speak, which lead to find The Village! We've been going to classes since he was 9 months old, and he's made huge progress. The teachers are wonderfully supportive and knowledgable, and the classes are well thought out and engaging for little ones! I highly recommend these classes for any family.
- Christina P.
I am a new mom to a 9 month old and was looking for classes both for my son's development and also for me to meet other moms in the same life-stage. I came across The Village and have loved the classes I've attended. My son has been attending Kindermusik every week since he was 3 months old and I have seen his love for music develop and blossom! We've also attended Baby Sign Language with Miss Emily G. and use simple signs at home. I highly recommend The Village to anyone looking for high-quality education for kiddos 0-5 years old.
- Olivia J.
We love attending baby sign language classes. My husband, daughter, and I have all learned a ton!
- Emily L.
We love classes at The Village! The community the Emily and her team have built is fantastic. My son looks forward to classes every week to see his teachers and friends. I have also been able to connect with other moms and caregivers to build my own village, too. There are a variety of classes, age ranges, days, and times; there's something for everyone at The Village!
- Ashleigh P.
We absolutely love the Village! My 15 month old son loves both Fun Foundations and Kindermusik. Both Miss Emily and Miss Ashley are wonderful instructors and Ben is so comfortable around both of them. I love Miss Emily’s recommendations for everything baby & toddler related, such as speech and language, sign language and behavior. I’ve implemented some of what she’s done in class in our own home and Ben has taken to it really well! Such a fantastic place!
- Olivia V.
Emily leads classes that are well thought out and educationally fantastic for my children. She is also always offering great resources and advice. Being a mom in a community is so much better than figuring out all the difficult things on my own! Thanks, Emily!
- Rachel G.
My 15 month old son LOVES going to Fun Foundations class at The Village! Miss Emily is so sweet, energetic and helpful! We look forward to going to class each week!!
- Anna B.
We absolutely love the fun foundations class with Miss Emily. My girls are quickly learning sign language and sing the songs throughout the week.
- Kelli D.
My 2 year old son loves attending the classes. We have been going for the past two winters, and it is a great class to have him explorer indoors when there isn’t too much we can do outside. The instructors are all welcoming, and it is also nice to interact with moms and dads who have children around the same age.
- Coral S.
We have been attending for 10 months now and love all the classes offered! My daughter has learned so much from the Baby Sign Language class. The other classes are great for getting out of the house and allow both of us to meet new people. There is something for everyone at The Village!
- Stephanie W.