The Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan visited the Center in early August to learn about our model and practices. This Michigan program shares our vision of having a community where all children, regardless of the neighborhood in which they live can thrive developmentally and educationally allowing them to reach their full potential. ELNC’s CEO, Dr. Nkechy Ekere Ezeh led a collaborative process in 2010 of involving seven grassroots neighborhood organizations for the purpose of planning and designing an intentional preschool service system in vulnerable neighborhoods. Since then, ELNC has been able to create 500 preschool slots and receive over $20 million in grants. The Center will continue collaborating with this program and sharing its expertise.