Welcome to the ECDC

The Early Childhood Development Center is a ‘living laboratory’ where adults as well as children come to learn. We believe that we learn from the children just as much as they are learning from us. The program is designed to promote the development of the total individual by enhancing children's skills through play.

News & Events

kids making crafts

Campus Volunteers Spend Time with Flint Youth on MLK Day

Volunteers within the School of Education & Human Services and many other university departments spent time with children from the Boys & Girls Club on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. UM-Flint opened its doors to the youth and offered a variety of activities.

ECDC staff and kids play at a light table

Light Up the Night Coming to Flint Farmers' Market January 28

Families with kids of all ages are encouraged to come to a great family event Light Up the Night!

children selling items at fundraiser

ECDC Children Benefit from Pet Project Fundraiser

Read about the Cascata classroom's recent Pet Project, including the kids' collaborative efforts to make it a success with support from the local community. 

UM-Flint and the Flint Farmers’ Market to “Light Up the Night” for Area Youth

UM-Flint and the Flint Farmers’ Market to “Light Up the Night” for Area Youth

The University of Michigan-Flint’s Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) will once again illuminate the Flint Farmers' Market’s community room from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on January 28 with its popular Light Up the Night event.

Indian Grad Student Inspired by UM-Flint’s Approach to Early Childhood Education

Indian Grad Student Inspired by UM-Flint’s Approach to Early Childhood Education

UM-Flint's Early Childhood Development Center views children as competent learners in a transparent and flexible educational setting that emphasizes interaction with the natural environment.

Commencement Cheer: Graduating Students Share UM-Flint Memories and Celebrations

Commencement Cheer: Graduating Students Share UM-Flint Memories and Celebrations

UM-Flint graduating students share their memories and thoughts ahead of the December Commencement Ceremony.

Army Veteran Pursues Elementary Education Career at UM-Flint

Army Veteran Pursues Elementary Education Career at UM-Flint

For U.S. Army veteran Matt Lane, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the University of Michigan-Flint wasn’t a snap decision. Nor was it based on a lifelong dream to change the world through teaching.