Our History

Wee Friends Child Care and Learning Center, Inc was founded in 1981.  We provide a complete, loving environment for children just like yours.  Located on an acre of land in the City of Grand Haven, our beautiful building is bright, cheerful and full of smiles. Our facility includes an outdoor play area and pavement for biking, skating and playing ball.  We provide a separate, secure play area for infants and toddlers with age appropriate toys and equipment.  We even have a large, bright indoor gym for days when the weather isn’t so bright.

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Your child deserves the best, which is why we are “Shooting for the Stars!” by being one of the first providers to achieve a 5 out of 5 star rating, in the State of Michigan’s new Great Start to Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS).  Find more information at www.greatstarttoquality.org link ratings

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Meet the Wee Friends Staff

At Wee Friends, we know the importance of our quality, dedicated staff.  Our Careteachers are the backbone of our outstanding learning center. Each Wee Friends team member goes through a six hour orientation complete with oral interviews before entering the classroom and working with your children.  Each Careteacher continues to learn throughout their career with at least twenty four hours of relevant training, reading up-to-date publications and keeping current with CPR and First Aid Classes.  You can trust our experienced, professional staff.

Introducing our Professional Care-teachers:

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Cis Ward: Owner/Executive Director – Miss Cis created Wee Friends in 1981.  She is  CPR/First Aid trained, holds a  Child Development Associate (CDA), AA, and  enjoys over 35 years of child care experience.

Lou Ward:  Maintenance Engineer – Mr. Lou is the husband and friend of Miss Cis.  He is CPR/First Aid trained, and an experienced volunteer for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and an experienced softball and soccer coach.

mychhaMycha Tlachac: Program Director – Mycha is the daughter of Miss Cis & Mr Lou.  She is CPR/First Aid trained, holds an Associates in Early Childhood from Muskegon Community College and a Child Development Associate (CDA).  She joined Wee Friends in 1992.

 

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Jaleen Rodgers: Program Director – Jaleen is CPR/First Aid trained and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from Baker College.  She joined Wee Friends in 2005.

 

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Hope Jones: Hope is CPR/First Aid trained and holds 4.5 CEUs Infant/Toddler training.  She joined Wee Friends in 2005. She is working on obtaining her Child Development Associate (CDA credential) through National Association of Education of the Young Child (NAEYC).

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Terri Lyttle: “Wee Discoveries” Preschool Teacher- Miss Terri joined Wee Friends in 2011. She holds a Masters degree in reading and holds a ZS Endorsement for her teaching certificate. Miss Terri also teaches CDA classes. She is also first aid and CPR certified.

 

 

Ali Inso: “New Discoveries” Preschool Teacher-  Miss Ali joined Wee Friends in 2005, she is Miss Cis’ niece. She has her Associates of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education from Baker College, and a Bachelors for Elementary Teaching from University of Phoenix. She is also first aid and CPR certified.

 

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Shannon Mason: Infant Careteacher- Miss Shannon joined Wee Friends in November 2014. She has her CNA and EMT license. She is also working on obtaining her Child Development Associate (CDA credential) through National Association of Education of the Young Child (NAEYC). She and her husband are also a Licensed Foster Care Home.

 

 

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Renoda Hunter: Toddler Careteacher- Miss Noda joined Wee Friends in the Summer of 2015. She has been working in the early childhood field for 7 years. She is first aid and CPR certified.

 

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Ashley Tolles: Infant/Toddler Careteacher- Miss Ashley joined Wee Friends in August of 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, with an emphasis in elementary education. She is first aid and CPR certified, and working on obtaining her Child Development Associate (CDA credential) through National Association of Education of the Young Child (NAEYC).

 

 

Renee Inso: Classroom Assistant- Miss Renee has her Bachelors of Science Education Central Michigan Graduate degree from Grand Valley State. She has taught for over 27 years. She joined Wee Friends in 2014. She is CPR certified and has first aid training.

 

 

 

 

 

Krystal Smith: Assistant Teacher- Miss Krystal joined Wee Friends in September 2015. She is working on obtaining her Child Development Associate (CDA credential) through National Association of Education of the Young Child (NAEYC). She is also first aid and CPR certified.

 

 

 

 

Amber Phiodeng: Preschool Teacher- Miss Amber joined Wee Friends in April 2016. She holds her Associates degree in Early Childhood Education from Taylor University. She is also first aid and CPR certified.

 

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Ashley Ott: Infant/Toddler Careteacher- Miss Ashley joined Wee Friends in May 2016. She has a year of experience in after school programs grades preschool through fifth. She is also working on obtaining her masters in occupational therapy at Western Michigan University.

 

 

 

Taylor Townsend- Preschool Careteacher- Miss Taylor joined Wee Friends in June of 2012. She has her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Baker College. She has 2 years of experience teaching Great Start Readiness Program. She is also  first aid and CPR certified.

Ashley Fuglseth: Infant/Toddler Careteacher- Miss Ashley joined Wee Friends in May 2016. She is currently attending Central Michigan University working towards her degree in Special Education and a minor in Early Childhood Education. She is also first aid and CPR certified.

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Kaylea Bytwerk: Infant/Toddler Careteacher- Miss Kaylea joined Wee Friends in October of 2016. She is currently taking classes at Muskegeon Community College towards her criminal justice degree, and minoring in sign language. She is also first aid and CPR certified.

 

 

 

 

 

Emma Duhm: Toddler Careteacher- Miss Emma joined Wee Friends in April 2017. She is working on obtaining her Child Development Associate (CDA credential).  She is also first aid and CPR certified.

Meet Our Amazing Substitute Careteachers

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Ashley Whitley:  Ashley is CPR/First Aid trained and holds a Bachelor of Science in Health.  Ashley holds 4.5 CEU’s in infant and toddler development. Ashley is Miss Cis’ niece.

 

 

Suzann Nummerdor: Suzann is CPR/First Aid trained and holds a Bachelor of Science in Counseling.  Suzann is Miss Cis’ Mother.

Tina Neisen: Toddler Careteacher- Miss Tina joined Wee Friends in Spring 2013. She holds her Bachelor of Science from Grand Valley University. She is working on her infant and toddler CDA (Child Development Associate). She is currently at home caring for her beautiful baby boy and is happy to be our sub.