All ECEC Families Invited to Participate

The Parent Association is recognized as having a special interest in the Center's operation. All Center parents are encouraged to participate in the Parent Association. The Association is an advocate for Center parent interests, has representatives on the Early Childhood Education Center Advisory Board, plans small special events for children and contributes services and funds to the Center on a voluntary basis. In addition, the Parent Association awards scholarship funds annually to ECEC families. 

Get Involved

There are a variety of ways you can get involved with the Parent Association through your time, skills, classroom representative, Facebook sharing, monetary donations and more!  It is free to join and all resources benefit the children.  

Join the Parent Association

All parents are encouraged to participate if possible through attending meetings, volunteering for events, or giving time in other ways to contribute.

The Parent Association has a board each year that consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  The 2019-2020 President is Vanessa McLean-Bandli.  Vanessa served as Vice President for the 2018-2019 school year and is excited to lead the Association this year.  All other board representatives will be nominated and elected at the first meeting on September 10th.

Attend Parent Association Meetings

2019-2020 Parent Association Meetings at the ECEC at 4:00 pm 

  • September 10, 2019  
  • October 23, 2019  
  • December 3, 2019  
  • January 15, 2020  
  • February 25, 2020  
  • April 8, 2020
  • May 19, 2020 
Stay Informed

The Parent Association will share information through classroom communications and through its private Facebook Page.  To join the Facebook page, your name must be listed as a Parent/Guardian of a currently enrolled UM-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center student.  Other members include: ECEC teachers and staff, University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty or staff, community members who have authorization and clearance to be members of the site.  All members are approved by the Parent Association President or Vice President.  In addition, all posts require approval from the Parent Association President or Vice President, and tagging pictures is prohibited. 

Send a request to Join the Parent Association Facebook Page


Several fundraisers are held throughout the year where a percentage of the proceeds received are donated the Parent Association.  Previous fundraisers include:

  • On The Boarder
  • Mongolian BBQ
  • Mom to Mom Sales
  • Vendor Sales Events
  • Little Caesar Pizza Kits

All fundraisers will be announced prior to the event and we encourage all families to participate in anyway that they can.

Please note: All checks for fundraisers should be made payable to the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

General Mills Box Tops Collections

The Box Tops program pays 10 cents for each box top and the funds will go directly to the ECEC. Send your box tops through campus mail or return them to the bin at the ECEC front desk.

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