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.

2018-2019 School Year Enrollment

The 2018-2019 School Year enrollment is currently filled.  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. 

2019 - 2020 Enrollment

Open Enrollment begins March 1, 2019

Open House Schedule:

  • Thursday, January 24th @ 5:30 pm (Preschool/Toddler Focus)
  • Wednesday, January 30th @ 5:30 pm (Kindergarten Focus)
  • Tuesday, February 19th @ 5:30 pm (Preschool/Toddler Focus)

Come and learn all about the UM-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC), meet some of the teachers and visit the classrooms!  This is an informative meeting and tour that will cover the basics of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, expectations you should hold about the Center, and will answer any questions you may have.  All open houses are informational and do not provide child care.

Toddler (12 - 35 months*) • Preschool (3 - 4 years*) • Kindergarten (5 years*)

*age on September 1, 2019

To register for an Open House:

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