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


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

Monday, March 16, 2020


*URGENT UPDATE: Detailed information to all parents to follow via email*

Joyful Noise is committed to doing our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Following recommendations from the CDC and state and local health officials, we have made the difficult decision to close the center beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, April 10. We know what a hardship this will be for many of our families and staff, but please know that this decision was not made lightly. The health and safety of all in our Joyful Noise family is what remains most important through this incredibly difficult time. We are hopeful that we will be able to reopen Monday, April 13, and are praying for each and every one of you! Please check your email for important information from Ms. Sally. Thank you so much for your understanding ❤️

Friday, March 13, 2020

A Message From Joyful Noise Childcare

COVID-19 Update

Dear Joyful Noise family and friends, 

As COVID-19 infections become more widespread, we wanted to share with everyone steps we are taking to ensure the safety and health of our facility, students, their families and our staff.
On Monday, our JN Advisory Committee will be meeting to go over our plan of action should there be a time in the future we need to close the center due to illness, in particular the COVID-19 outbreak. We will share this information on Tuesday to confirm any tentative plan of action that will be put in place if this begins to affect us.
We have been in contact with LARA, the Ottawa County Health Department, and North Ottawa Community Hospital. We are reassured that these businesses have been planning and training for what may come, and are following their recommendations.
In the meantime, we have ramped up our cleaning efforts of our center, including surfaces that everyone comes into contact with daily. We have ordered extra supplies needed to stay open in case these items are in short supply in the coming weeks. Our staff is reinforcing frequent handwashing throughout the classrooms, reminding children to cough and sneeze into their elbow, and continuing their diligence with toy and equipment sanitizing. 
At this time, our infant room is closed to anyone other than primary caregiving teachers and infants. We want to protect our youngest children from any unnecessary exposure to germs, being this has been a particularly challenging season for illness.
If you or your child(ren) become ill, please stay home until fully recovered. We are always willing to bring a child out to the parking lot if you or another child is ill.
*Our staff will no longer be attending our annual MiAEYC conference in Grand Rapids on March 26-27. Joyful Noise is planning to be open both days.
While all Michigan K-12 schools begin closures Monday, March 16-April 6, Joyful Noise plans to remain open at this time. We will communicate any new information as it becomes available and will send out details after our JN Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, 3/16.
Parents, please be sure to keep us informed of any changes in your work schedules or plans for childcare. All attendance information should be directed to the office email. Also, be thinking of alternate childcare arrangements in the event JN gets closed by the State of Michigan for any period of time. We are hoping this won't happen, but want to be prepared if it does. We surely hope we will be able to remain open, so parents and our teachers can work.
Many of our older kids are hearing adults talk, and seeing the news. Here is a link about talking with children: https://www.cdc.gov/…/schools-ch…/talking-with-children.html
For more info on practices to follow to ensure your safety: https://www.cdc.gov/…/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf
We are committed to the safety and health of all our students, families and staff! Please follow joyfulnoisekids.com and https://www.facebook.com/JoyfulNoiseChildcare/ for more updates. Keep washing those hands and stay home if you are ill! Praying for the health of all ❤️

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