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


Ford ELC Principal

Introducing Ford ELC - Principal - Mr. Daniel Young

Daniel Young joined Ford Early Learning Center in 2020, after serving the students of Detroit, Michigan for 18 years. He began his career as a music teacher and continued to serve as a  lead teacher, assistant principal, and principal, respectively. He is excited to begin this new chapter in his life serving the Ypsilanti Community Schools in the capacity as the principal of Ford ELC.

Mr. Young was born and raised in Detroit and attended Wayne State University where he earned his Bachelor of Music, Master of Education, and Education Specialist degrees.

Throughout his career, Daniel has gained experiences and skills that has lead to more effective teachers, successful students, and engaged families, and he is excited to share his knowledge with the Ypsilanti community in hopes to collaborate for an even better educational community and experiences for all of our students, staff, and families.

Mr. Young believes that the number one factor in all successful students is their community believing in them. Therefore, if you believe they can, they will.

During his free time, Mr. Young enjoys spending time with family and writing music.


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A Letter from YCS Superintendent: Ford ELC

Ford ELC Parents and Guardians-

Please find a letter from Superintendent Alena Zachery-Ross regarding Ford Early Learning Center.

A Letter from YCS Superintendent Regarding Ford ELC 

IMPORTANT: Links for at home learning during school CLOSURE 

Please visit the Ford Family News page to access links for furthering your child's learning during this time at home. 

Watch the Ford Staff read children's books! 

Visit Staff Read Alouds to watch and listen as Ford staff read helpful and favorite books. Can be used on any electronic device.

February Math & Dance Night

Click on Ford Family News to see pictures of the successful night!

October 2019 Student of the Month & Attendance  Assembly

Pictures and information here!



Parent Involvement Plan

Ford ELC parent involvement plan 

Link to: Ford ELC Facebook Page




School Information

Ford Early Learning Center

2440 Clark Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
Phone: 734-221-1800
Fax: 734-221-1803
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Daniel Young

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.        

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