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Early Childhood Center

The Wayne State University College of Education Early Childhood Center (COE-ECC) offers preschool programs for 2 1/2 to 5-year-old children with options for before and after-school care.  The center is a non-profit organization and the preschool program is tuition-based.  Tuition assistance is available through the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) for four-year-olds whose families qualify under the grant criteria and for 2 1/2 to 5-year-olds through the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant whose parents are Pell Grant-eligible undergraduate students at Wayne State University. 

The COE-ECC is located in University Tower Apt., 4500 Cass, Suite 1, Detroit, MI, 48201.  Center hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  The center’s phone number is (313) 577-1686 and the fax number is (313) 577-6841.

The COE-ECC center was established in 1957 as a teacher preparation and research center.  Student teachers in elementary/early childhood education and special education/early childhood education curricula have a required semester of student teaching at the COE-ECC as part of their teacher preparation program. The COE-ECC center is widely known throughout the state as a quality center and teacher preparation site.

Adult-Child Ratio

For classrooms with an enrollment of 16 children, there is an adult-child ratio of 1:8.  For classrooms with an enrollment of 18 children, there is an adult-child ratio of 1:9.  Each classroom is staffed with one lead teacher and one assistant teacher.

Staff

The Executive Director has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and an Elementary Teaching Certificate with an Early Childhood Endorsement.  The Center Director has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and an Elementary Teaching Certificate with an Early Childhood Endorsement.

Each preschool classroom is staffed by a Lead Teacher and an Assistant Teacher.  Lead Teachers are certified in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Endorsement.  Assistant Teachers have either a Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA) or an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood, Preschool Education or Child Development, or 120 clock-hours of documented, formal child care education offered by approved training organizations and approved by Michigan Department of Education staff.

Additionally, the center has Wayne State University student assistants who assist either in the classroom or in the office.

Before they are hired, all staff must undergo a Department of Human Services clearance to insure they have not been accused of child abuse or neglect and a Michigan State Police ICHAT clearance to insure they have not been convicted of a crime.  

Program Options

The COE-ECC offers several preschool program options for 2 1/2 to 5-year-olds.  The preschool program options are tuition-based unless families qualify under the Michigan Department of Education Great Start Readiness Program Grant (GSRP) or the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Grant (CCAMPIS).

GSRP is a full-day program (8:30 – 3:00) that is free of charge to families who meet the eligibility criteria established by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE).  Children must be four-years-old by December 1st of the program year and parents/guardians must be able to document two eligibility factors in accordance with MDE guidelines.

CCAMPIS is a full-day program (8:30 – 4:30) that is free of charge to parents who are undergraduate students at Wayne State University and Pell Grant-eligible.  Parents must be registered for a minimum of 6 credit hours during the academic year and maintain a GPA of 2.0.

Preschool and tuition program options can be found in the Payment Procedures & Policies section of the Policies & Procedures page.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The COE-ECC admits all eligible children regardless of race, color, handicap, nationality, or religious background.