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. $317
Toddler 1 yr. 3 yr. $317
Junior preschool 2.5 yr. 3.5 yr. $273
Preschool 3 yr. 4 yr. $273
Pre-Kindergarten 4 yr. 5 yr. $273
Summer Camp 5 yr. 9 yr. $227

The staff at EC3 is incredible!! Since we came through for our first tour, they have done nothing but make us feel welcomed--like we are part of the family. They are so loving and knowledgeable, and they truly excel at what they do. We sincerely value their advice and concern toward the well-being of our children. Dropping them off each day is easier knowing how much they love EC3!!

Jeff & Dawn Fedewa
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