The Center

EC3 is an exceptional place for young children. The center's play-based curriculum targets the developmental characteristics and needs of children, and focuses on the maintenance of an open, supportive relationship with the family. Our program is designed to provide individual and group experiences that enhance the physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development of each child while appreciating the interconnectedness of the developmental areas and the rapid changes that take place during the first five years.


  • Nurturing, family-friendly atmosphere
  • Low teacher-to-child ratios
  • Small class sizes
  • Highly-trained child development staff
  • Safe, secure environment
  • Play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • Recipient of Governor's Quality Care Awards
  • Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)


Accreditation through the NAEYC is an important identifier of high-quality child development programs. National accreditation takes into account the curriculum, philosophy, physical environment, class size, teacher qualifications, and relationships with families that a center provides, among other things. EC3 has been accredited by NAEYC almost continually since 1993.

Michigan identifies high-quality child development programs through the Great Start to Quality, a voluntary rating system of licensed centers and providers throughout the state. EC3 has participated in Great Start to Quality since its inception in 2011, and currently has a four-star rating.


EC3 provides developmentally appropriate child care in a nurturing environment that promotes growth of the whole child while responding to the needs of the family. Our vision is to be the premier child care provider for the families of the Greater Lansing community.

A detailed description of EC3's approach and policies can be found in our Family Handbook.


Program type Minimum age Maximum age Weekly Rate
Infant 1 mo. 1.5 yr. $308
Toddler 1 yr. 3 yr. $308
Junior preschool 2.5 yr. 3.5 yr. $265
Preschool 3 yr. 4 yr. $265
Pre-Kindergarten 4 yr. 5 yr. $265
Summer Camp 5 yr. 9 yr. $220

“I am very impressed with the staff -- not only my child's main teachers, but even the relief and part-time staff that I have interacted with. We've used three different daycare centers and the staff at EC3 is by far the most professional group we have dealt with.” Parent feedback from Fall 2014 survey

Parent feedback from Fall 2014 survey
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