Children's Institute

Fletcher Building

1055 Cornell Road

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Phone: 734.487.2348

[email protected]



Our mission is to provide high-quality early childhood education programs for the children of EMU students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities. We participate in preparing EMU students to be early childhood education teachers.


Great Start Readiness Program logo
Great Start Readiness Program logo


The Children's Institute provides high-quality care and education for children 18 months through 6 years. A full day program is available for toddlers, and full and half day programs are available for preschoolers. Free full-day preschool is also available for those who qualify for the Great Start Readiness Program. Flights of Imagination, the summer program at the Children's Institute, offers exciting and varied programs for children entering kindergarten through first grade.


The EMU Children’s Institute provides a quality education program for a diverse population of children with widely varying levels of development and ability by following the HighScope Curriculum.  Children construct their own knowledge of the world with the support of intentional teachers who shape and encourage their individual learning experiences.  Teachers build on children’s learning by planning activities based on what they observe in the classroom, providing materials and opportunities that both support and challenge young children.  Children make their own discoveries and build their own initiatives by creating planes, following through on their intentions, and reflecting on their learning. 

This Plan-Do-Review process is a trademark of the HighScope approach and the strategic backbone for children and adults moving successfully through life.  This unique dynamic of shared control between the child and adult lays the groundwork to actively engage young children in learning and helps children in learning and helps children build essential school readiness skills.


Licensing inspection and special investigation reports from at least the past two years are available on the State of Michigan Child Care Licensing Bureau website.

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