About Us

Our Programs

  • 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.
  • Children who attend a high-quality program in the year or two before kindergarten are better prepared for school academically, socially, and emotionally.
  • Preschool has 3 early childhood locations in Ypsilanti: Beatty ELC, Ford ELC and Perry ELC. 
  • Preschool provides a comprehensive preschool experience to children, including children with special needs, to creatively challenge and develop their competency skills. 
  • The center-based preschool program utilizes a curriculum, which includes individualization and emphasizes the use of positive guidance.
  • Preschool has an excellent School Readiness and Transition program from Preschool to Kindergarten.
  • Nutritious meals, snacks, and transportation provided.
  • Preschool offers State of Michigan (GSRP) and federally (Head Start) funded preschool services FREE for families who qualify. Go to Washtenaw Preschool information fill out an interest survey. 
  • ECSE - Early Childhood Special Education - a preschool classroom that works with students with special needs
  • Preschool
  • Young Fives
  • Kindergarten
  • First Grade
  • Gym, Art and Music for all Kindergarten and First Grade students
  • Title 1 Reading and Math support for Kindergarten and First Grade students
  • Speech, OT and Social Work services

School Profile

Special Services Offered in Building

  • General Education
  • Speech Therapy
  • Programs for the Disabled
  • Homebound
  • School Social Workers
  • School Nurse
  • Learning Specialists
  • Headstart/GSRP (4-year-olds)
  • Bright Futures

Class Size

  • Averages 17.2


  • Teachers (Full-Time Equivalent): 25
  • Support Staff: 26
  • Administrators: 1

School Communication

Ford Early Learning Center

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