Ford Early Learning Center provides high-quality early care and education service to children three and four years of age in center-based, full-day/part-day, part-year programs, kindergarten, and first-grade classes.

YCS Transitional Kindergarten Programs (Young 5's)

Ypsilanti Community Schools will now offer Transitional Kindergarten programs (Young 5's) at Ford ELC and Perry ELC starting in the 2017-18 school year. 

For more information for Ford ELC contact Jeanina Harris at 734.221.1800 and for Perry ELC contact Dr. Connie Thompson at 734.221.1700

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Upcoming Events

Curriculum Corner:

1st graders:
First grade is continuing to work on addition and subtraction strategies, including using number lines. Also, students are working to increase the number of sight words that they know.  In Science students are learning that air is a gas.
Kinderarten students are learning about the teen numbers 10-19, we are practicing naming the numbers and order the numbers. We are also learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We are also continuing to work on learning sight words, and letter sounds. In Science we are learning about trees.


Preschool Update

Preschool is moving right along.  We welcomed some new students and one new classroom last month. Please encourage the families of any four year olds you know to apply becuase spots may open up as the year goes on. Nursery rhymes and songs are a great way to teach beginning reading skills like rhyming and alliteration.  They also help your child focus, increase their memory and be engaged.  So teach your child some of the rhymes you loved as a child by reading and singing with them as much as possible.  


With the cold weather and snow on the way, please be prepared. Please send your child to school with coats, hats, gloves and boots (if you need help providing these please reach out to our social workers). Also, if school is closed, it will be announced on YCS website, the local news channels and a phone call. 


Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood literacy by giving free age-appropriate books to children

Link to information about Imagination Library.
Link to registration.

Parent Letter

Letter to Parents


YCS Tentative Balanced Calendar 2017-18
Subject to change based on union negotiations

YCS Preschool Calendar 2017-18

Supplies List

Ford K-1st Classroom Supplies List

Parent Involvement Plan

Ford ELC parent involvement plan

EMU Bright Futures

EMU Bright Futures is thrilled to be a part
of the Ford Early Learning Center community!  We strive to offer a positive atmosphere, enriched
with supportive staff and community partners, by providing opportunities for kindergarten and
first-grade students to explore, learn, have fun and participate in community building and leadership activities. If you are interested in putting your
student on the wait list. Please see the front
office for more details.  Enrollment will open on January 29, 2018.  

Breakfast with the Principal

Do you have ideas to share? Concerns to discuss?        Do you want to know what is happening at Ford              ELC? Join Ms. Harris for Breakfast on the 1st                and 3rd Wednesdays of the month.  


Washtenaw County School - Justice Partnership

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School Attendance Matters! Across the county, students, advocates, law enforcement and judicial officials, school professionals, and others are collaborating to educate parents, community members and students about the importance of regular school attendance.

Healthy Flyer: When your child is under the weather.
Sleep Flyer: Make Sure Your Children & Teens Get the SLEEP They Need!

Have you heard? Free Quality Preschool

Great Start Readiness Program - Michigan's Nationally Recognized Pre-K Program

School Information

Ford Early Learning Center

2440 Clark Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Phone: 734-221-1800
Fax: 734-221-1803
Jeanina Harris
Rosalind Williams

Grade Levels

Preschool - Kindergarten - 1st Grade

School Hours

Kindergarten Full Day
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Early Childhood Special Education
Full Day
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.​
Early Dismissal
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.        

Chartwells - Eat. Learn. Live.

Victoria Davis
Director of Dining Services
734-221-1024 xo: 317-869-4466