Welcome to the University of Michigan-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC).



The ECEC is a unit of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS). We are a high quality early childhood program. Our early childhood program applies a Reggio Emilia inspired constructivism theory of learning to early childhood education. Our curriculum focus is nurturing children's critical thinking skills and problem solving skills. 

The ECEC is a State of Michigan approved and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited early learning center for young children.  NAEYC's voluntary accreditation system has set standards for early childhood education programs and helped interested parties identify high-quality educational programs for young children. ECEC has accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children effective through 2021.

In addition, the ECEC is also a 4-star rated Great Start to Quality school and a recipient of the 2018 Early Learning Award. 

We also serve as a model teacher preparation and child study facility for university students enrolled in a variety of UM-Dearborn education courses.

2019-2020 School Year Enrollment - Wait List Application

Thank you for your interest in the UM-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center (ECE).  The classes at the ECEC are currently full for the 19 – 20 school year, but we invite families to complete our wait list application. Please note that completing a wait list application does not guarantee enrollment for the current school year.  Enrollment is based on availability and priority placement:  1) Sibling of a Current ECEC Family; 2) UM-Dearborn Faculty/Staff; 3) UM-Dearborn Student; 4) Community Member.  Thank you for your patience and if a space becomes available, a corresponding wait listed family will be contacted promptly. Thank you.

Summer 2019 Enrollment Forms

ECEC summer camp begins Monday, July 8th!  Enrollment forms will be available for new families are available now!  There are 3 2-week themed camps available between July 8th and August 16th with Full Day enrollment options. Full Day 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, with Early Drop Off available as early as 7:30 am and Late Stay as late as 5:30 pm.

Registration Fee:

$35 for the first child

$15 for each additional child

Full Day Enrollment:

Toddler (1 & walking - 35 months) $75 per day  - Preschool (3 - 6 years old) $65 per day

Art & Artists • July 8th - 19th

Outdoor Adventures • July 22nd - August 2nd

Chemistry in Cooking • August 5th - 16th

Camps are geared towards children 1 & walking through 6 Years of age.  For more information please contact the ECEC:

Phone: 313-593-5424

email: umd-ececfrontdesk@umich.edu

NAEYC logo
GSRP and RESA logos

ECEC Chancellor Community Partner of Choice Winner Wish List

Thank you for supporting the ECEC!  We are pleased to announce that we are the Chancellor's Community Partner of Choice Award winner.  If you wish to donate to our school, please see the wish list below:

  • Bubble Machines
  • Bubbles
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Balls (varying sizes)
  • Sand Toys (i.e. shovels, strainers, buckets, etc.)
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Oil Pastels
  • Liquid Watercolors
  • Paint Palettes
  • Dry Expo Markers
  • Thera-puddy
  • Indoor Sand
  • Multicultural Dolls/Clothing
  • Dress-up Clothes
  • Play-doh
  • Push toys (for toddlers)
  • Wooden Doll House
  • Dramatic Play Food Items
  • Wooden Puppet Stand
  • Pottery Wheel
  • Outdoor Windpipes
  • Basketball Hoop
  • Basketballs
  • Hula Hoops
  • "Skip-It"
  • Garden Materials
  • Dirt
  • Children's Couches
  • Flannel/Dry Erase Board

Early Childhood Education Center

Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC)

Upcoming Events

More Events
Back to top of page