(616) 847-6600 | 508 Franklin St, Grand Haven, MI 49417 | HOURS: 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Serving families and children from 6 weeks to 10 years of age.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Playground Update!


Playground Update!

We're one step closer! The digging has begun in preparation for the new playground equipment! The excitement around here cannot be contained 🤩🥳 Check back for more updates to see the progress...

Friday, September 18, 2020

Playground Installation Celebration!


Friday, June 5, 2020

Guess Who: The Joyful Noise Childcare Edition!

Guess Who:  The Joyful Noise Childcare Edition!

We've got a fun game for you and your child: "Guess Who: The Joyful Noise Childcare Edition"! Play along and see if you can guess who is underneath the superhero mask! Can't wait to see you next week! Enjoy

An Important Message From Joyful Noise

Young children notice and think about race. Studies have shown that infants begin noticing skin color and showing preference by race as early as 3-6 months, and by 3-5 years of age, they are already beginning to internalize racial bias. As early childhood educators, we understand how vital a role we play in fostering anti-racism and supporting positive racial identities in young children.
While we strive for creating a classroom environment that is centered around inclusivity, kindness, and tolerance, there is always room for growth, to learn, to do more, to do better. We’ll be reflecting on what we can do to promote anti-racism at Joyful Noise going forward, including staff trainings, and incorporating more teachings and conversations about race, diversity and culture into daily lessons.
Below are links to resources that we think are very valuable as we seek ways to do better.
Three-Month-Olds, But Not Newborns, Prefer Own-Race Faces: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2566511/
Our Children, Our Workforce: Why We Must Talk About Race and Racism in Early Childhood Education: https://www.childcareexchange.com/…/our-children-our-workf…/
Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race: https://inclusions.org/…/2017/11/Children-are-Not-Colorblin…
Talking About Race- I Am a Parent or Caregiver: https://nmaahc.si.edu/…/talking-…/audiences/parent-caregiver
Stages In Children’s Development of Racial/Cultural Identity & Attitudes: https://www.uua.org/…/derman-s…/1206_233_identity_stages.pdf
Five Ways to Reduce Racial Bias In Your Children: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/…/five_ways_to_reduce_raci…
Becoming Upended: Teaching and Learning About Race and Racism With Young Children and Their Families: https://www.naeyc.org/…/m…/teaching-learning-race-and-racism
10 Tips For Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race: https://www.embracerace.org/…/embraceracetipsenglish-(2).pdf
Diverse Book Finder: https://diversebookfinder.org/
Children’s Books to Help With Conversations About Race and Racism: https://www.kdl.org/…/childrens-books-help-conversations-ab…
10 Tips For Reading Picture Books With Children Through a Race-Conscious Lens: https://www.embracerace.org/…/10-tips-for-reading-picture-b…
31 Children’s Books to Support Conversations About Race, Racism and Resistance: https://blog.usejournal.com/31-childrens-books-to-support-c…

Friday, May 29, 2020

**UPDATE** Can/Bottle Drive For Joyful Noise Playground Improvements On Hold

Wow!! The response to our can/bottle drive has been overwhelming! So much so that our storage capacity has reached its limit after just 2 days!! With that said, we unfortunately have to put the collection on hold until bottle return centers open back up. We are so grateful for all the donations, and will keep you updated on when we will be able to accept more! Thank you!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Can/Bottle Drive For Joyful Noise Playground Improvements!

May 22-June 20

What:  Can/Bottle Drive

Where:  Joyful Noise/First Presbyterian Church (508 Franklin Grand Haven)- Securely tied bags of cans/bottles (preferably rinsed out) can be placed in the bins located near the garage in the main parking lot.

When:  Drop off your can/bottle returnables anytime between Friday, May 22nd and Saturday, June 20th

Why:  Please consider helping us reach our fundraising goal to complete our upcoming playground improvements! We truly appreciate your support!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A Letter From the Director

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