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.

2021-2022 New Family School Year Enrollment Application

Thank you for your interest in the UM-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center (ECE).  Enrollment is now in progress for continuing and new families.  Classes will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Five day enrollment does take priority.

New Families:  Please click on the Enrollment button below to complete and submit your application. 

Current Families:  Please use the link provided in your enrollment email.

After your application has been processed (10 business days) and placement has been confirmed, you will receive a Contract Agreement and other required enrollment paperwork that must be signed and returned to the ECEC Office along with the $230.00 enrollment fee.  Spaces are not confirmed until contract, payment, and enrollment paperwork are received.  

If a space is not available for your child you will be notified by email that your family has been placed on our wait list and we will let you know if a space becomes available later in the year.

Please contact the ECEC front desk with any questions at or 313-593-5424.


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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

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