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On behalf of the Manchester Early Childhood Center, we would like to welcome you to our center. We are pleased to provide a variety of programs for you and your family. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the MECC offices at 734-428-8321 ext 1332.

Philosophy Statement

It is the philosophy of Manchester Early Childhood Center that children are encouraged to learn and grow by providing a foundation of developmentally appropriate experiences where all children can succeed in a safe and nurturing environment.

We believe that each child is a unique individual and that all children can learn. Our programs provide inclusive settings that recognize children’s varied abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles. We believe children learn best through meaningful play. Our play-based, child centered programs reflect the integration of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, self-help, and aesthetic areas for the total development of the child. Meaningful play encourages curiosity, discovery, and problem solving which allow individual growth and development of a positive self-image.

We recognize that parents are a child’s first teachers. Children learn best when parents are involved in their educational program. The primary bridge between the home and school is the involvement of family and the community.

Our Mission

The Manchester Early Childhood Center provides a safe, developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment that promotes social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth, as well as a positive self-image and love for learning. Our goal is to provide a place where children learn through play, have opportunities for discovery, exploration, and express ideas through hands-on learning experiences.

Our Programs

Infants (6 weeks – 18 months)

Infants and toddlers begin to develop an understanding of the world around them through their senses and physical actions. To develop these skills, our infant/toddler program is design with various age appropriate experiences and exercises which will help your child develop at his/her own speed. These areas include sensorimotor, psychomotor, language development, cognitive development, large and small motor skills, and social-emotional development. The children are spoken, sung, and read to frequently, have many different objects in their environment to see and touch, and have many opportunities to develop their fine and gross motor skills.

Toddlers (18 months – 36 months)

Two year olds are beginning to develop social skills, enlarge their vocabulary, and test their independence. To develop these skills, our program for this age group offers a group experience and private classroom which recognizes the special needs of each child. The children have many opportunities to explore and learn about the environment. The children are spoken to frequently and encouraged to participate daily in individual and group conversations. Toilet training, dealing with frustration, encouraging self-help skills, and providing successful developmentally appropriate experiences to enhance the child’s self-concept is part of the two year old curriculum.

Preschool (3- and 4-year-olds)

Our preschool programs offer a balance of free play and structured individual and group experiences which provides each child a well-balanced preschool education. At this age, children are developing more intimate peer relationships, asking questions about the world around them, and developing self-regulation and control. To enhance these skills, our programs offer activities and experiences in the areas of science, math, beginning reading and writing experiences, large and small motor skills, dramatic play, block play, and creative movement activities. Each child is viewed as a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth and development. Different levels of ability development and learning styles are considered when developing appropriate activities for this age group.

The Manchester Early Childhood Center offers both free and tuition based preschool programs for 3- and 4-year old children. Federal and state funded grant scholarships are available for qualifying families. Interested families are highly encouraged to complete an Interest form, located here, or call 1-800-777-2861 for further assistance.


We strive to nurture the emotional and educational needs of ever child. Using exploration and discover as a way of learning, the Creative Curriculum for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills. The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on 38 objectives for development and learning which are fully aligned to our state’s early learning standards, addressing all the important areas of learning including social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of every day.

Before and After School Care

The Manchester Kids Club provides a classroom atmosphere for children Kindergarten through 6th grade. Before school care takes place at Klager Elementary School in room #103, starting at 7:00a.m.. After school care takes place until 6:00p.m.. Bus transportation is available for middle school students attending Manchester Kids Club.

The Manchester Kids Club is open on 1/2 days, snow days, and Winter/Spring Breaks if enough children enroll.

Registration forms and additional center information provided in the attachments below.

Stop by the Manchester Early Childhood Center for a tour and see what we’re all about!

Additional Resources

Document NameDownload Link
Vaccines required for Child Care and Preschools in MI
Discipline Policy Handbook
Health Care Service Plan
Kids Club Handbook
MECC Enrollment Packet
MECC Parent Handbook
Manchester Kids Club Enrollment Packet
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