Welcome to Educational Child Care Center

At EC3, excellent early childhood education, individual-centered care, and an educational environment come together to form a wonderful world of growing for your child.

EC3 is one of Lansing's premier child care centers, with nearly 40 years of trusted service to the Greater Lansing community. You'll find small group sizes, caring and experienced teachers, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Read on to learn more about our infant and toddler care, preschool, and school-aged summer camp programs. We're sure you will like what you see.

The EC3 Auction

The 2020 Auction is here! This year we are offering a fully virtual, week-long event. The auction opens at 7:00 a.m. on September 21 and runs through September 25 at 9:00 p.m. There is something for everyone and, of course, we can't forget the classroom projects and art! To get started, visit our Auction page.


Small Group Size

In early childhood, children learn and develop best when they receive individualized attention and supervision from knowledgeable caregivers. At EC3, we intentionally keep our class sizes smaller than what is allowed by licensing standards because we want to enhance each child's development and give each family the service and attention they deserve.

Experienced Teachers

EC3 was founded on the principle that good educators are, themselves, lifelong learners, and we maintain that standard more than a quarter-century later. Almost all members of its teaching staff have Associates or Bachelors degrees in early childhood education, and regular training on best practices is delivered through in-service and seminar-based classes.


EC3 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit family cooperative, formed by a group of parents who have organized to provide their children a quality early childhood educational program. Families in the greater Lansing area are welcome to enroll children aged six weeks to five years, and to participate in the governance and activities of the EC3 community.