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The Center

EC3 is one of Lansing’s premier childcare centers, with nearly 40 years of trusted service to the Greater Lansing community. We focus on high-quality early learning experiences that build the foundation for skills children need to thrive in school and in life. To accomplish this, we offer support to strengthen Michigan’s providers of early care and education so they can continuously improve the services and support they provide young children, their families, and the community. We envision all families in Michigan to have access to safe, high-quality early learning experiences that give children a strong foundation to thrive and meet their needs as they grow and learn.

Our Mission
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
Our vision is to be the premier child care provider for the families of the Greater Lansing community.
Advantages of EC3
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

Receipt 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.

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