Dedicated to providing a caring and educational environment for the children and families of our community for more than 50 years.
Mission and Vision
Eastminster Child Development Center strives to provide high quality early childhood education and care to the children and families of the greater East Lansing community. As early childhood educators, administrators, and advocates, we believe we play a critical role in developing a strong foundation of celebration and acceptance of individual differences.
As a nonprofit, ECDC is run by a voluntary board of directors made up of staff, parents, and community representatives. Our programs and curriculum are designed to provide children with a variety of individual and group experiences aimed at developing children’s independence, creativity, and positive self-esteem.
Eastminster believes that diversity makes a richer program and encourages acceptance of individual differences. We actively include all individuals and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, special need, ethnic background, national origin, sexual orientation or age.
Goals & Objectives
- To provide high quality early childhood education and care.
- By utilizing a curriculum that focuses on the whole child and reflects an understanding of children as individuals.
- By teaching positive, non-violent means of conflict resolution.
- By creating an atmosphere of respect for self, others, and the environment.
- To develop a comprehensive program which serves as a model in our community.
- By promoting community awareness of child and family issues.
- To provide an inclusive environment that celebrates individual differences and enhances each child’s sense of self-esteem.
- By fostering opportunities for self-expression through language, dramatic play, art, and music activities.
- By promoting successful inclusion of children with disabilities.
ECDC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This accreditation takes into consideration a daycare’s curriculum, environment, student/teacher ratio, philosophy, teacher qualification, and family engagement.
Eastminster believes that on-going communication between family, staff, and administration is necessary to provide a variety of opportunities for families to get involved. We communicate with families through emails, the Brightwheel app, a quarterly board newsletter, website, private Facebook groups by class, signs posted throughout the Center, and face-to-face.
Opportunities to get involved with the Center and your child’s classroom include field trips, potlucks and festivals, fundraisers, board of directors, and volunteer committees.