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.

Give Blue to the ECEC!

The University of Michigan Annual Fund helps to shape U-M today and tomorrow by providing critical funds used by University leadership to meet the most pressing needs of the University and its students. Your support helps the University respond to unexpected needs and ensures the University community remains large, diverse, and at the forefront of higher education.

Use the link above to donate to the ECEC!

2018-2019 School Year Enrollment

The 2018-2019 School Year begins on September 5th.  If you are interested in enrolling your child, please complete the application link below.  Your child will be placed on our wait list and you will be contacted once a spot is available.

Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)

Free Preschool for four year olds for those who qualify. 

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